Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc).
I was excited when I saw this prompt a few weeks ago because as a big sister with younger siblings, I have been recommending books for them for years. There is quite a gap between me and my youngest brothers — 8 years and 14 years, one is in the tween age group and two (twins) are older teens. So I know, finding books that tween and teen boys will actually want to read can be tricky sometimes. There is SO much in the YA market nowadays but a lot of the books are teen girl focused and usually with some sort of romance on the side. And sure, reading from the female perspective can be a good thing for boys to learn about girls, like the way to their heart and about how they think. BUT I know from experience with my brothers, that that is totally not the kinds of books they want to be seen with, let alone read (full disclosure: yes, I know there are boys out there that totally enjoy those kinds of books which is so fantastic and awesome, but some boys just want some adventure or mystery or humour (or all three!)).
So here is a list of books that I have recommended to my brothers (and that they have loved), and which would be a great starter list for the tween/teen boy in your life.
Middle Grade Books for Tween Boys (8-12 years)
1. Harry Potter by JK. Rowling // This is probably the most popular book series in the world still today, but tweens and teens today have pretty much grown up with the movies rather than the books like those of us in our twenties, at least I know my brothers have. But the books are SO MUCH better than the movies (which are pretty freaking amazing, tbh) and should be the must read list of every tween/teen.
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio // This book is fantastic for tweens and teens (and for adults for that matter)! It has such a good message with it’s themes of accepting and understanding other’s differences, and confidence within yourself to be who you are. The movie adaptation is coming out later this month, so it’s the perfect time to read to book!
3. Holes by Louis Sachar // This is such a fun book, it has a little bit of everything: humour, mystery, adventure and even some ancient history, that even the most reluctant reader will like this one. Plus – it has a sequel, Small Steps, which is equally fun.
4. The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket // Wonderfully witty, clever and funny, this is another fun series that I guarantee almost any tween will love (and if they like the books, they’ll like the netflix series too!)
5. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen // A classic adventure story that is probably on every middle school reading list, but for good reason. This book will keep readers reading until the very last page, as they follow the failures and triumphs of protagonist Brian in the ultimate tale of survival.
Young Adult Books for Teen Boys (12-18 years)
>> anything by John Green // As one of the most well known YA authors around with his mature, coming of age stories, John Green is the voice of Young Adult and any (and all!) of his books are a must read for any teen.
>> The Maze Runner by James Dashner // This sci-fi thriller series is fast-paced page-turner that is suspenseful and full of surprises and twists and turns that teen boys will love.
>> The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins // Yes, this series was made into awesome movies. But the books are SO MUCH MORE than the movies, and a definite read for any teen who liked the movie.
>> The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky // This is one of my most favourite books ever and a MUST READ for all teens, covering with so many important themes like identity, mental health, drugs, sexuality and abuse.
>> Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer // This wonderfully written book is set in that time between high school and adulthood. With equal parts of wit, humour and heartbreak, this book is the perfect read for older teens and especially those who are unsure what comes after high school, who will relate to the main characters, Milo and Layla. (Read my review of Remind Me How This Ends here.)
What books would you recommend for tween and teen boys?