The New Year always seems to be the perfect opportunity for a new beginning, whether you believe in New Years Resolutions or (like me) just see it as a brand new start fresh from all the mistakes or unpleasant happenings of the past year.
And so, here are ten books (or series’) that deal with, in some way or another, a fresh new beginning for the main character.
- The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. Originally Published 2006. Katherine’s new beginning happens when her uncle takes her in so that she may learn how to become a swordsman.
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Originally Published 1908. Anne’s new beginning comes when she is adopted by the Cuthberts.
- The Orion Series by Ben Bova. First novel in the series, Orion, published 1984. Orion is brought back to life every time he dies in this series, so each death is really a new beginning for him.
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Originally Published 2003. Gemma Doyle’s new beginning happens after her mother dies, and she is enrolled in the Spence Academy
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Originally Published 1911. Mary’s new beginning happens when her parents die and she is brought into the home of her uncle.
- The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue. Originally Published 2006. Henry’s new beginning happens after he has been stolen by hobgobins, and a changeling has taken his place in life.
- Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester. Originally Published 1950. Oh, Horatio! His new beginning happens when he becomes a midshipman on the HMS Justinian in the Royal Navy.
- North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Originally Published 1855. Margaret’s new beginning happens when her father moves his family to Milton.
- A Madness of Angels: Or the Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin. Originally Published 2009. Matthew Swift is brought back to life (with those little blue angles that inhabit the phone lines), and this is definitely his new beginning in life.
- The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. First book in the series, Uglies, published 2005. There are a couple of new beginnings in the main trilogy – when Tally becomes a Pretty and when she becomes a Special.
Do you have any favourite books where the main character deals with new beginnings?