Here is a list of books I believe every girl should read or have on her bookshelf at some point in her life.
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Brief Summary: Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant.
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“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
Brief Summary: Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.
“It’s the choosing that’s important, isn’t it?”
Book of a Thousand Days, Shannon Hale
Brief Summary: When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years because of Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
“Mama used to say, you have to know someone a thousand days before you can glimpse her soul.”
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Brief Summary: Here are a talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
Christy Miller Collection, Robin Jones Gunn
Brief Summary: After moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she’ll fit in. As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a “peculiar treasure.”
“Sometimes the best answers to prayer are the ones God doesn’t answer.”
Princess Academy, Shannon Hale
Brief Summary: Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king’s priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess.
“Look no farther than your hand,make a choice and take a stand.”
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
Brief Summary: Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
The Coronation, Livy Jarmusch
Brief Summary: The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Prince Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. Can the enemy’s attacks through threatening gossip and riots from the obscure rebellion, along with a major event that will possibly change the nation of Tarsuerella forever, tear the Royal family apart?
“This moment was like no other. For now, the sun was setting on his father’s reign as King, and tomorrow, it would rise as his.”