You know how sometimes you read a book and you just know that this book will forever hold a special place in your heart? It’s such a strong feeling that being the loners that we are we also vow to make everyone read it including our unborn children. And so this Tuesday we would like to share with you, a list of 10 books that we would definitely be making our kids read.
#1 Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Raven: Flipped is one of those crazy contemporaries that stick with you forever. It shapes how you look at life. This is probably the only contemporary I’ve read that does not involve them growing into “teenagers” but them growing into responsible and knowledgeable people.
You can find my review of it here!
Beez: I think Flipped is a very important book. It’s got your first crush if that’s what you’re into, but it’s also about other people and their emotions and about not being rude or mean just because you’ve been told but because it hurts. And it’s also about changing and how it is possible to see things in a completely different light than you did before. It’s just wholly brilliant and filled with tons of important stuff.
#2 The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Raven: This book made me cry because it centres around friendship and growth and acceptance, and the way it was executed was brilliant. The illustrations just add to its beauty.
You can find my mini-review of it here!
Beez: Science! Can! Be! Wonderful! And! Magical! And so can people even if you have to wait a long time. Also, sadness is a thing! And you can’t control it’s arrival and expressing it is important! But sadness doesn’t mean everything is bad and maybe in sometime those not so bad things will be enough and you’ll go on like this over and over.
#3 We are Okay by Nina LaCour
Beez: Like, people can be amazing.
[Raven hasn’t read it yet.]
#4 The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Raven: I say this literally every time but it’s only for the new followers: If you know us then you know that every list ever is going to have Maggie Stiefvater in it because she is QUEEEEEN.
Beez: Coz it’s a magical book. And standing up for your beliefs! And that stuff is almost usually complex.
You can read my spoiler-filled reread thoughts of The raven boys here~
#5 All of Brandon Sanderson
Raven: Again: If you know us then you know that every list ever is going to have Brandon Sanderson in it because he is KIIIING.
#6 The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Raven: The Book Thief is almost everyone’s favourite and there’s a reason for it. A book told from Death’s perspective about a girl who steals books in Nazi Germany can hardly be looked over. I distinctly remember reading the end of this book in the washroom because I was just crying THAT hard.
#7 Stay Where you are and then Leave by John Boyne
Raven: THIS BOOK UGH! I cry even thinking about it. This is one of those books where I am aware that not everyone loves it as much as me. But I just can’t help but feel the emotions of this book in my bones.
You can read my review here~
Beez: Things get bad bad bad…
#8 Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling
Raven: Honestly, how can any kid grow up and NOT read this?? The thought itself is ridiculous.
#9 Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Raven: Percy Jackson is the sort of book that will get any kid into reading. It was the book that made me the book-crazed nerd that I am right now and it’s the one that made my sister the same. Also, Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series has an awesome Muslim female character so hell yeah I’m exposing my kids to that book.
#10 Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
Raven: This is an adult, clean epic fantasy. A book that made me fall in love with it faster than I fell in love with Tom Hiddleston as Loki. I pretty much go around EVERYWHERE screaming at people to read this book. I also read Age of Swords (the sequel) and will be reviewing it this Saturday so keep an eye out for it mah peeps!
Read my review here!
[On that note, you can get M.J.Sullivan’s book Death of Dulgath* in e-book format for FREE from November 14-16 (That means from today!). Click here to get it. It’s also been made free on Amazon (if you’re a Kindle user) for the same duration!]
*A thing to note is that while this book has been mentioned as book 3 of the Ryria chronicles it is essentially a STANDALONE. So if you’re new to the series, you can totally start from here without an issue.
OF COURSE, we are aware that not everyone would like the books we like and that includes our future kids. After all, our job would be to raise them to have their own choices and likes. But it would be great to influence them slightly through these fabulous books.
Raven: Honestly, I speak as if I’ll be having kids in the future, which I probably won’t because I hate kids. They’re always crying and peeing everywhere and I’m happy being a mom to my budgies. They are so much nicer. They patiently listen to me rant all the time, they never judge when I bust out some weird dance moves and whenever they’re angry they are ready to pull my eyeballs out. It’s perfect!
And that’s all! I mean, obviously there is a huge list of books we would like our kids to devour but these are just a few that are on the top of the list.
Do let us know if you see any of your favourites on here. And if you have made your own list then don’t forget to drop us a link so we can check it out!
This is Raven & Beez,