How do you choose the greatest novels of all time? When not just the story and the writing, but also the moment in time you read it for the first time, affects your opinion. Classic novels that have had a profound impact on me, may not have left their mark at all, had I read them when I was younger or older or just in a different stage in my life. But as I like making lists I wanted to share some of the classic literature that would be on my personal top young adult books of all time list. Stories and characters that have stayed with me after I’ve cried, laughed and lived every emotion with the protagonists. Stories that I’ve read so many times I could quote pages upon pages by heart. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is definitely one of the greats for me, it has charmed and touched teenagers around the world for nearly fifty years already.
The Catcher in the Rye is another one, I remember resisting it for a long time because both the name and the cover seemed a bit boring but when I finally started reading I was hooked. And I cannot list my important books without mentioning Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery, I still sometimes feel like escaping into her world when the world feels particularly bleak. In my opinion classic literature must earn its status by being loved by at least two generations before it truly can be considered a great classic, otherwise it might just be a passing fling that doesn’t stand the test of time.