If you like good old-fashioned fairy tales, with an excellent HEA, and stories about not-so-typical heroines – then you should read The Ordinary Princess, by MM Kaye. This story is cleverly told with great humor, and Princess Amy is seriously one of my all time favorite main characters – mostly because she is NOT the typical tall, blonde, and beautifully perfect princess. This was my favorite book growing up, and it never loses its charm. If you can find a version with the illustrations, it is an extra treat – MM Kaye did them herself and they are so gorgeous.
Sticking with the YA theme of books for kids that even adults can love, if you like stories about wilderness survival and ever thought that Thoreau wrote Walden just for you (clearly this is me!), then you should read My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George. This is the story of young Sam Gribley from New York City, who is fed up with his crowded life in the city and decides to run away to the Catskill Mountains to live on his own. This book totally fostered my love of the outdoors and camping and adventuring, and it is perfect for a little environmentalist in the making. If you aren’t into the wilderness, or hearing about how a kid can find food, make clothes, and live inside of a tree (still one of the most awesome things I can imagine!), than this book isn’t for you. But it should be, because everyone should like those things! (see, I'm pushy with my opinions, right?? #sorryimnotsorry).
Xs and Os, Readventurers!
Do any of these books sound interesting to you? Are there any books you've had to read for college or grad school that were actually really interesting? I'm very curious.