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Books I Read as a Teenager That Are Better Read as an Adult


Recommended by Jean Tabor, former director of the Canton Public Library.

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Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell
1043543.jpg This gripping saga just gets better with time as does the movie. It's a book I have read every few years and the gorgeous cinematography of the movie and the haunting soundtrack seem to come right off the page. It's a rare example to me of a movie that enhanced the book.

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee
1044300.jpg This American classic is one to read and reread. I marvel at the author's skill in crafting such a powerful, complex story in so few pages. It is honed so that not a phrase or word is wasted. And the characters linger long after the page is turned. Who can forget Scout and Atticus or Boo Radley?

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte
1176484.jpg As a teenager, I was enthralled with the gothic and romantic elements of Jane Eyre. Upon reading it, I began to understand the novel as feminist literature and recognize Jane more for the strong independent woman that she was. I could appreciate her struggle to grow and thrive in the stifling culture of the Victorian era.


by Daphne du Maurier
1044064.jpg The suspense and mystery in this gothic novel prove captivating for readers young and old. I think the characters are more compelling upon rereading it as is the dark setting of Manderley, the backdrop which is so intrinsic to the story.

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen
1364275.jpg This is my favorite novel from English literature, one that I will never tire of reading. I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Austen's book as a teenager, mostly watching the relationship and romance evolve between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. As a mature reader, I appreciate more the wit and clever dialogue as well as the unforgettable characters like Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Collins, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh.