If you are anything like me you have no freaking clue what a bildungsroman is… so of course, I Googled it…
A novel dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education.
There are so many great novels that fit this prompt!!!
Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott – Extremely popular right now since an updated version of the movie has recently come out. A favorite of many and even Joey reads it on Friends!!
Circe by Madeline Miller – I wasn’t really a fan of this book. In one of my reading groups people seem to be divided, they either really liked it or they didn’t. I fell on the side of those that did not. There was a particular part of the book that I didn’t agree with author added in and I didn’t see how it related to the rest of the story.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – I can’t believe I was never required to read this while coming up in school. I finally read it this year because it’s one of the top 100 books to read before you die. It’s one of those iconic books and I’m so glad that I finally read it. For me, I struggle using this book because it only deals with a small moment in Ponyboy’s life rather than his formative years.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I don’t know if there is anyone left who hasn’t read Harry Potter. I started re-reading them this year.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – I read this already this year and it’ll probably what I use to fulfill this prompt. Loved by many sci-fi fans, I only gave it 3 stars. It was good but I had some issues with the plot. I did read it quickly and it was entertaining.
Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – I read this one last year, so I can’t use it for the prompt, but it would be a good option. I feel that it more applies to spiritual education. I originally rated this 3 stars but as time has gone by I think I would rate it higher. It has come to have so much more meaning over the past six months.
There are so many choices for this prompt since so many novels cover either a person’s formative years or their spiritual journey. I think this is an easy prompt to leave near the end and can be covered by something that you might read for fun anyway during the course of a year.