When you were younger you never had a problem choosing between playing outdoors or staying inside, reading a good book (or a random book that you had found in the library and seemed interesting enough based on its title). There weren’t so many possibilities to choose from and it was pretty easy to decide. Did you have any chores to do? No? Then did the weather allow you to go outside to meet someone, play or just take a walk? If it didn’t, a book was a really good companion for a few hours. Now that you’re a little older and technology has advanced so much, it’s not so easy to decide. Especially if you like reading voraciously and if you’re known to be a more secluded person. Your next purchase might hang on your choice between a tablet or an e-reader. Which one would you enjoy more? Which one would you make use of better? In the ‘evolutionary dispute’ of tablets vs e-reader devices, they have become more advanced with each new generation. If you want to read a book or a magazine, they are both there for you, connected, ready to share. No matter what you choose, tablet or e-reader, they will still not feel the same as a printed book, the touch and the smell of old paper impregnating through your reading experience. Although you might become addicted to the built-in dictionaries possible due to current technology. They will surely change the way you read. Tablet or e-reader the choice is yours!
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.