Teeny boppers! I am sure many among you love to read books of different kinds. There are
innumerable books available on a variety of subjects e.g. humour, science, religion, travel,
biographies, fiction, murder, mystery and crime stories, romance, general knowledge, poetry,
drama, criticism, historical chronicles, essays & prose etc.
In fact, there are hundreds and thousands of books to pick and choose from, in each subject. It is
evident therefore that a young beginner needs proper guidance to make a judicious choice of books.
Dear boys and girls, you ought to be aware that teenage is indeed a crucial phase of your life. This
is the ideal time to garner knowledge about life and things as well as laying the foundation of
ideals that you will honour and cherish throughout your life.
It is therefore imperative that young people select and read books, which serve both these purposes.
To facilitate our young readers we provide here a brief list of books, which are universally
1. Lamb Tales From Shakespeare
The brother and sister duo Charles and Mary Lamb, English writers, brought forth
simplified renderings of some of the best plays written by the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon. Ideal
reading for children, teenagers and even adults. A marvellous piece of English literature.
Undoubtedly, a good work to begin with.
2. Legends of Greece and Rome
This is a must read book. It contains narratives about the major deities and
their exploits. Indians -- especially Hindus -- will discover that there are a host of similarities
between the Greco-Roman pantheon and its Hindu counterpart. Each story is a fusion of imagination
and reality. The vivid descriptions and the lucid language ultimately hold the readers
3. Discovery of India
A brilliant piece of non-fiction by the first prime minister of India, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. Some
of the most significant and epoch making chapters of history come alive and vibrant before the
eyes of the reader. The vivid narrative traces the evolution of our country's civilization,
heritage, traditions and ethos the currents and crosscurrents of culture that fused and blended
to form a harmonious whole.
4. Mill on The Floss
Set in the English countryside of the 19th century, the novel by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
celebrates the essence of joys and sorrows of a miller' family, which indirectly reflects the
social life of that era. Maggie Tulliver the protagonist is a vivacious creature, at once
intelligent, passionate and sentimental. Her tumultuous relationship with her brother Tom and a
few other youth forms the warp and woof of the novel. All the evils, misdeeds, sorrows and misery
are ultimately washed away as the brother and sister meet with a tragic end.
5. Wordsworth's Poems
William Wordsworth is probably the most highly acclaimed priest of nature, upon the face of this
earth. His perpetual romance and enchantment with nature forms the predominant theme of his poetry.
From the elementary "My heart leaps up" to the collection of poems in the "Lucy" series nature
has an all-pervading influence that cannot be surpassed by anything else. Famous a
6. Short stories by Oscar Wilde
During the past decades,youngsters and children in all countries across the globe enjoy and love
Wilde's short stories, because of the elemental and basic humane characteristics involved in his
writings. Simple though they seem, Wilde's literary works are replete with symbolism and
significance, bordering on the allegorical; they uphold all the ideals mankind has ever
cherished. The language is sonorous, couched in elegant poetic diction.
7. Lord of the Rings
This series comprises three books by JRR Tolkein. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find
them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In ancient times the Rings of
Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling
it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him,
and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth still it remained lost to him.
After many ages it fell, by chance, into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. From his
fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, Sauron's power spread far and wide. He gathered all
the Great Rings to him, but ever he searched far and wide for the
One Ring that would complete his dominion. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo dissapeared
bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey
across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it
into the Cracks of Doom. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo
and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the wizard, the hobbits Merry, Pippin and Sam,
Gimli the Dwarf, Legolas the Elf, Boromir of Gondor, and a tall, mysterious stranger
8. Stories by Ruskin Bond
The British Sahib who lives in Mussoorie is a prolific writer who has devoted himself to the
children and the younger lot. Bond writes on simple elementary topics, which are bound to capture
the interest of the readers. Utterly devoid of frill and fuss, the style is racy and the language
lucid. Most of the biographical details about Bond have been gleaned by his readers from his
works, many of which are autobiographical. In his works Rain in the mountains: Notes from the
Himalayas (1993), Scenes from a Writer's Life and The Lamp is Lit: Leaves from a Journal,
the popular author has given his admirers awonderful glimpse into the deepest recesses of his
9. Works of Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton was probably the most successful British children's writer of the twentieth century.She
was born in London on 11th August 1897 and she died in 1968. Enid Blyton's books have received much
literary criticism on the grounds that the attitudes displayed in many of the books can be considered
as sexist.At the end of the fifties many librarians refused to stock books by Enid Blyton
apprehensive that children would not read the great works of literature. This proved to be a boon
for the author because it enhanced the sale of her books.ssssssss more.Blyton's most famous series
was The Famous Five. Its central characters were Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and the dog Timmy.
Blyton's works painted an idyllic vision of rural England, which celebrated good food, spirit of
comradeship, and honesty. Her books have been translated into nearly seventy languages and sold up
to the 1980s some 60 million volumes.
10. The Harry Potter series
The most sensational literary works of the period 2000-03.The first of these six (one is in the
pipeline) novels has been made into a popular movie. Each book is a flight of fantasy and
imagination, though not utterly divested of reality.The author JK Rowling has creatred a fabulous
world where muggles jostle with witches and magicians, weird and grotesque mythical creatures
galore; then there is the centre piece- Hogwarts, a school for sorcery and witchcraft flourishes;
magic spells, potions and chants work wonders in the day to day lives of its pupils and the