It’s Teen Read Week! The team at Tutor.com reveals what books we loved, way back when. It would have made for some very interesting book club conversations if we all met as teenagers! (For a peek at some of us during our teenage years, check out our Management section.)
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, The Waves by Virginia Woolf
– Jen, Marketing
Shakespeare: Hamlet and Macbeth
– Adam, Marketing
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, World Book Encyclopedia
– George, CEO
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L’Engle, Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
– Julie, Client Services
I couldn’t resist the Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery and the Nancy Drew series! And, I was addicted to John Grisham (A Time to Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Firm.)
– Jill, Marketing
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke, Dune by Frank Herbert, Stephen King’s The Stand, Watership Down by Richard Adams, The Once & Future King by T.H. White, King Arthur and His Knights by Sir James Knowles, and a compilation called Man’s Greatest Adventure which was a compilation of all of the Apollo moon missions, told by the NASA administrators and astronauts themselves, with these amazing photographs. I still have it, actually.
– Duane, Creative Services
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
– Krissie, Sales
Plays by Federico Garcia Lorca (Bodas de Sangre, Yerma, La Casa de Bernarda Alba,) In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
– Avy, Provider Management
I loved the Sweet Valley High series/Babysitter Club series – yes even as a teenager. They were terrific. I loved them. I don’t care that I should have grown out of them by then. I loved those Chicken Soup books. I was obsessed. I thought they were so witty. Now, not so much. School books I liked – I liked Tess of the d’Urbervilles. I don’t remember why. But I remember loving it. Everyone else hated it, and I remember agreeing with the teacher that this book was soooo cool – which made me not cool. I think I am going to have to read it over to try and remember why I loved it… And Bridget Jones’ Diary had just come out and we had a teacher/student book club. It was a blast. Loved Bridget. Still love Bridget. It was a great one. And a very controversial book club talk.
– Carolann, Creative Services
What were your favorite books to read as a teen? Would you still consider them a favorite?