New stories and adaptations are always fun, but here are some fantastic classics that keep me coming back.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Boo Radley is one of my favorite characters in literature, and Tom Robinson's story as seen through the eyes of young Scout is a powerfully sad and moving one that calls attention to an unjustly treated man in a prejudiced society as well as the good people standing by truth. I am also fascinated by the author behind this story, Harper Lee, who only published one book in her lifetime until its sequel came out in her last year.
2. The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen
This probably seems like a strange one to include because it is so sorrowful, but this story is magical to me. Tragic tales like this one about the little girl who sells matches on a cold winter's night, afraid to return home to her father, happen throughout the world every day, and this telling illuminates the hope and spirit behind the sometimes harsh realities of the world and reminds us there is more than we immediately see. In this way, it is a truly happy story of light and love.
1. A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I love everything about the story of the orphaned English girl from India who becomes a servant in
the school for girls she once attended, upon her father's death. This story is a testament to the power of hope, attitude, and love that Sara Crewe remains a princess to those around her even after she has lost everything and has no more to give than her own willful spirit.