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.