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What rereading childhood books teaches adults about themselves

(From The Atlantic. Link to the complete article given below)

When I return to my parents’ house and the neighborhood where I grew up, the tension between sameness and difference is disorienting. The gym is still there, but the bookstore where I hung out after school is now a Target. There are new neighbors renovating the house next door. My parents might turn one of our childhood bedrooms into a study. I see versions of my old self in local kids, running around the back alley or aimlessly browsing our local Sephora. They make me feel both nostalgic and relieved to be an adult.

That’s when I find myself reaching for a comforting set of pastel-colored spines on my childhood bookshelf: L. M. Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables series. My mom first read it to me when I was a toddler, and I’ve been rereading it ever since. For many years, the main draw was Anne’s love interest, Gilbert Blythe, whom I had a crush on. But now I read it more for the compelling female friendships—“bosom friends,” as Anne would call them—and the gorgeous descriptions of the jewel-toned countryside. Most of all, Anne’s home of Avonlea, animated by Anne’s idealism and exuberance, feels like a refuge from the real world, where those traits can be hard to find.

People’s favorite childhood stories often stick with them throughout their lives. When the book-centric social media site Goodreads tracked the books most reread by its users, many of them were children’s books, including J. K. Rowling’s entire Harry Potter series, C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

Read more at The Atlantic link here

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Literary powerhouses you need to read

Be it bizarrely imaginative, utopian, or even real-life stories, you are what you read. Here’s a round-up of ten authors that every teen must read

The books we read influence our thoughts, decisions and values.

Choosing the right book in your teens is an important step in the journey of exploring books as well as understanding life a little better.

There are classics, which have been influential in the early 1900s and will continue to do so for years to come.

On the other hand, there are books, which are on their way to making history.

PG Wodehouse

“I always advise people never to give advice.”

– PG Wodehouse

If wit and humour are what you are looking for then nobody can beat PG Wodehouse. The feather-brained ‘Bertie Wooster’, the amazing valet ‘Jeeves’ and the verbally dexterous ‘Psmith’, have gained an iconic status in the literary world. Wodehouse captures the humorous side of life in his books. His notable works are Right Ho Jeeves, Thank you Jeeves, Laughing gas, and The code of the Woosters. Read more