Candy Gourlay, journalist and author shares her list of books she read as a teenager. Candy's debut novel, Tall Story, is a smash hit in Manila and in London. The book will soon come out in the US and I expect that Fil-American teens particularly will love it!
Candy blogs and her website is fantastic! You can read her whereabouts there and watch trailers of her book, Tall Story. If I am not mistaken, Candy is currently writing her second novel for young adults.
Below is Candy's top ten reads!
This is very revealing of one's age but here you go:
1. Prince and the Pauper by Samuel Clemens - how many times did I read this? and it was always brilliant!
2. Rich Man Poor Man by Irwin Shaw - here's where I figured out what sex was about and I remember being so appalled. I read it because of the mini series starring Nick Nolte.
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - my role model was Jo March - read the entire series and decided I would become a novelist who lived in a house filled with little boys (I kind of fulfilled that wish).
4. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens - read this because of the movie and loved it even though the language was very difficult.
5. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - read this because of a Ladybird book I read about it.
6. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - I thought I was so cool reading this. Now I totally disagree with the philosophy.
7. The Quiet American by Graham Greene - loved Graham Greene but now I would be hard pressed to recall the stories.
8. The Water Method Man by John Irving - this was so funny and so adult for innocent me.
9. The World According to Garp by John Irving - I loved this book but only in my maturity realized that it was an anti-feminist tract!
10. Nora Aunor and Other Profiles by Nick Joaquin - this made me want to become a journalist and write similar profiles.
Hey this list made me realize that teen reads are not necessarily confined to kids' books.
And yeah, ten is a very small number.