The Bookshelf of Emily J.

I used to mentor teenage girls.  I spent a lot of time with them, and sometimes part of that mentoring was teaching them interviewing skills.  During many of those practices, the girls would be asked, “What’s your favorite book?”

Some would answer, “A Tale of Two Cities, by Mark Twain.  The movie was really good.”

More likely they’d say, “Twilight.”

Yes, this is what I was dealing with, and sometimes I found it hard to keep my mouth shut at these asinine answers, especially given my propensity towards reading the classics.  However, I did manage not to laugh.  But today, I’d like to give a response.  Here’s what they should’ve been reading instead.  These are my top ten classic book picks for teenage girls.

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1. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde knows beauty and its pitfalls more than any other author. …

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