What are the best bildungsroman books?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Nicholas Lopez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "To kill a mocking bird is one of the classic novels of our time. It's taught in school for a reason and is one of the few books that is that kids actually enjoy. I must say it's a must-read for everyone."
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    #2The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Yu Cai
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is the classic coming of age story. Of another time, of course, and so some of the racial epithets are hard to get past. LIke most people, I read it in school. Still provocative & well worth reading even today. Bildungsroman abound, but nothing is quite like the story of Huck & Jim."
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    #3Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Vincent Banks
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a really interesting novel from a bildungsroman perspective. It is sci-fi, but the human element is so important. A brilliant young boy is at the center of the book. Despite his genius, he is not fully emotionally developed. Put him into an action-packed plot, and this becomes a thoughtful entry in the genre. "
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    #4The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    #5Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.


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    Linda Wong
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Little Women is an old classic. It's written in an old-fashioned style and a little hard to follow."
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    #6Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    Marie Davis
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I love Jane Eyre and coin it a must-have for literature fans. I second that Jane Eyre is the best bildungsroman book. I am a fanatic for the Cinderella struggle and Jane Eyre has former in spades."
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    #7Harry Potter Series

    Harry Potter Series

    The world-famous Harry Potter series is comprised of seven books written by the British author J.K. Rowling. It follows the life of Harry, a young wizard, and his two best friends Ron and Hermione. 


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    Maria Nguyen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Attention all Harry Potter Fans. This series is incredible. The book are beautiful and filled with so much adventure. I love the case it came in along with the Price. "
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    #8The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 


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    Philip Keller
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The style of work that is present in this book is surprisingly rare. I really nejoyed this novel because the story reminds me of where I lived growing up. My family has a history of depression and this story focuses on that. Good length and some emotional parts got to me. "
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    #9Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 


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    Julia Price
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A classic. Great choice for a young readers, following a girl growing up in a wholesome spiritual community"
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    #10Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.


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    Wang Ren
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "If you love Bildungsroman books then this is a must read. The story is captivating and also intriguing which revolves around two old unmarried siblings and their adopted girl. This is a very fascinating read and highly recommend it. "
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    #11The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 


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    Olivia Parker
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky is a compilation of personal journal entries. His recount of time in high school of trying to follow his own path while facing his own internal battles makes for a great read."
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    #12The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain

    The Magic Mountain is a satirical novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Thomas Mann. Set before World War I, it tells the story of Hans Castorp, who goes to a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps and stays for seven years.


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    Joseph Pearson
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I am in love with anything that will make me laugh. Books, movies, people, you name it. I just love anything funny. The best bildungsroman book I have found is The Magic Mountain. It has a really good story and I kept reading and didn't want to put it down. It was really a lot of fun to read. "
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    #13A Separate Peace

    A Separate Peace
    A Separate Peace is a classic coming-of-age-novel by American author John Knowles. Originally published in 1959, it tells the story of the friendship between Gene and Phineas, two boys in a boarding school during World War II.

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    May Liang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "It was hard for me to connect to this book and the characters because it was based in a different time period. I feel like this is a book to read for students when learning a little more about history."
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    #14A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and edited by Seamus Deane is published in 2003. This Penguin Classics edition portrays religious rebellion, including one's development intellectually and emotionally.


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    Louis Lopez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce is a classic coming-of-age novel. It was Joyce's first book, and probably his most approachable. I feel like anyone can read it and relate to it. It is one of my favorite books."
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    Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.

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    Diya Sarin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you haven't read Voltaire, you should, and if you have you know how great this book is!"
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    Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It was published January 1, 1982 by Bantam publishing. It narrates the story of a young man's journey to spiritual enlightenment.


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    Teresa Fields
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I read Siddhartha in high school and have loved it ever since. It captivated me as a 17 year old and still does as a 30 something year old. Very well written. "
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    #17The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.


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    Bobby Lewis
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is really a novel of ideas. Unlike much literature, people still think highly of it a century after it has been published."


Best What are the best bildungsroman books
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 23 Paid
2The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 21 Free
3Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 20 Paid
4The GiverBooks 19 Paid
5Little WomenBooks 17 Paid
6Jane EyreBooks 16 Paid
7Harry Potter SeriesBooks 15 Paid
8The Bell JarBooks 15 Paid
9Little House on the Prairie (Little House)Books 13 Paid
10Anne of Green GablesBooks 12 Paid

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