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Darth Vader reads to Luke Skywalker

I’m glad I can read. So many books published over the years have made an impact on me, both as a child and as an adult, it would be impossible to list them all. I recommend starting a library, however small, of books that you love and add to it at least once a year (more if possible). If you have small children, start a library for them with Dr. Suess and Curious George and Little Golden Books. If you have grade school kids, grab some Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books. For high schoolers…well, good luck. I’m blessed with children who love to read, but I know others really struggle getting teens to sit down with a book.

Take a look at the list below. Some of these suggestions are for younger readers, while others are intended for more mature minds. What is missing from your library? What books would you add to the list?

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Word counts

A Separate PeaceA writer writes, right? If you’re going to be a writer (or better yet, an author), you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. Want to write a novel? You need some idea of how many words you need to put on the page. As John Knowles wrote in A Separate Peace, “There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.”

What follows is a list of fairly well-known books and word counts, from least to most. Some are classics, others are more recent productions. Make of it what you will.

 

AUTHOR BOOK WORDS
George Orwell Animal Farm 29,060
John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men 29,572
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 46,118
F Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby 47,094
John Knowles A Separate Peace 56,787
William Golding Lord of the Flies 59,900
Nathaniel Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter 63,604
Aldous Huxley Brave New World 63,766
Alice Walker The Color Purple 66,556
John Green The Fault in Our Stars 67,203
John Green Looking for Alaska 69,023
Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 69,066
JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 77,508
Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 84,898
Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief 87,223
George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four 88,942
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird 100,388
Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 109,571
Henry David Thoreau Walden 114,634
Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities 135,420
Stephen King Pet Sematary 141,912
John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath 169,481
JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 198,227
JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 257,154
Stephen King It 437,781

R.I.P. Harper Lee

(April 28, 1926 – February 19, 2016)

Harper Lee

The author of one of the classics of American literature, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee passed away today at the age of 89. A second novel, Go Set a Watchman, was published in 2015, fifty-five years after her first novel.

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