Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"5 Books your Teenage Boy will Actually Read"

I'm always curious to read what other people say about the books that *every* boy/girl/adult will read. This list from KSL actually surprised me. Only one of them was published within the last 10 years. The rest are older than that.

It makes me realize I need to rethink the books I'm getting for my son to read. I've gotten stuck in the "what's new" or "what's hot" mindset to the exclusion of the classics.

What do you think about this list? Do you agree? What did they leave off?

"5 Books your Teenage Boy will Actually Read"


Krista said...

My teen boy has read 3/5 of those books: Hatchet (all my kids read this in 4th or 5th grade as required--so not sure about the "teen" label), Ender's Game, and Eragon. We watched "My Side of the Mountain" together in 8th grade. Though it was pretty dated and easy to poke fun at a bit, it led to some interesting discussion. I'm surprised to see it in a Top 5 list. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Time Machine, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, yes. All good and should be read at some point. I'm surprised Lord of the Rings (or The Hobbit) isn't on there, along with Harry Potter (it grows up with you), and Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Classics are great, and there are plenty to be found for teen boys.

E. Arroyo said...

My son read one--Eragon. I have Hatchet and Enders Game but they weren't into it.