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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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Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac (2012)

Steampunk Frankenstein

Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac
Running Press Classics, 2012
384 pages

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is unaltered from the third edition in this new release featuring steampunk-inspired artwork by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac to illustrate the classic monster story. The publisher determined that the best text to use would be the third edition of Shelley’s work, published in 1831, in order to include Shelley’s own introduction to the story; the first edition was published in 1818.

Basic and Sumberac do an extraordinary job of reinterpreting the story without changing a single word. The madness of the creator and the terror of the creature are on full display in the illustrations, a grand marriage between Mary Shelley’s writing and the imagination of the artists.

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