Top Ten Books I Want Future Children to Read

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Oh, hello. I am back after taking an unexpected week off from blogging. If you are wondering, I did not die so there's that. I took the week off, being sick, and spent the whole seven days sleeping. It was nice. However, I am back and it's go time. Today's Top Ten Tuesday is not entirely relevant to me since I have no desire to have any children, in the future or otherwise. Therefore, I switched up the theme a little bit.

A lot of children nowadays are scoping the Internet for viral videos, playing the latest video games, or texting away on their new phones. Not a lot of children read, unless the book is required for school. So, I hope the children of the future are reading because they definitely do not want to miss these amazing books. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is: Top Ten Books I Want Future Children to Read:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray: Absolutely mind-blowing! Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors of all time. Future children have to be still reading her work because she is a genius. A young boy, diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, takes a road trip with a yard gnome, a dwarf and a punk angel to find the cure that will save him. 

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Not only did The Book Thief teach me quite a bit about Germany during the Holocaust but it also taught me about the importance of reading and how some things are worth fighting for.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: I had to add a time travel adventure in this list. It's definitely required. And when readers think of time travel, not a lot of people mention this one. Revolution is a fantastic story about Andi who finds an ancient diary that opens up a whole new world for her.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: The children of the world need to read this. And I also still need to read it. (Soon, I promise.) This is such an important book that is incredibly powerful and relevant to today's news and media.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: Classic! I hope the children of tomorrow are reading Lord of the Rings. I adored these books growing up. Also, did you hear that Amazon is turning the books into a tv series? That's some interesting news that should push even more people to pick up the trilogy.

Unfiltered by Lily Collins: I wish I had read this book when I was in high school. Lily Collins, an actress best known for her role as Clary in the City of Bones movie, is such an amazing role model. Her memoir discusses peer pressure, love, and issues that every person can relate to.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown: I read Hate List, when I was in middle school and it shook me to my core. It is about the aftermath of a school shooting that is heart wrenching and incredibly realistic.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: I thought I'd sneak this one in there. Six of Crows is one of my favorite books I've read this year. It has a whole lot to offer with morally gray characters and a diverse cast. I think a lot of older children will adore the humor and adventure of the duology.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman: This book is a gateway book, meaning that it has a little bit of everything that will appeal to a variety of readers and even non-readers. It is the book that will get you into reading. Plus, there's a movie adaptation of it!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: Saved the best one for last. Seriously, reading Harry Potter as a child is a tradition that all readers need to continue with their own children. (It's a tradition I missed out on since I read the books when I was in high school.) Also, with the new illustrated editions of the books (which are so gorgeous!), kids will surely love them!

Which books do you recommend to the children of the future?

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  1. I wrote my grad school thesis on The Book Thief, so my future kids will be reading that book for sure. Great list!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. THUG and Harry Potter made my list this week, too! I also definitely agree with Six of Crows. Ahhhh, Libba Bray is my very favorite author, and Going Bovine is the only book of hers I haven't read. I NEED to fix that!

  3. The Book Thief and Harry Potter were on my list this week too. I also have no plans for ever having children, so I did books that I'd want my hypothetical nieces/nephews to read.
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  4. Harry Potter, Book Thief and LOTR are also on my list :) Alongside with Narnia and The Night Circus :)

  5. Oh my goodness, yes!! So many great books on this list! THE PRINCESS BRIDE and SIX OF CROWS are amazing -- I'd love to read those with my future kids! I still need to read THE HATE YOU GIVE (I know D:) but I'm sure I'll want to share that story with them, as well!

    Great post, Jeanna!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

  6. I think the 39 CLues series and Infinity Ring series would be good for kids to keep reading. They teach about family, friends, and history, all while the characters go on epic adventures.