Top 10 Tuesday

T10T: Books I Want My Son to Read

November 14, 2017

This is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s challenge is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read. Since I already have a wonderful kiddo, I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’m hoping he’ll love as he gets older!

Click the book covers for links to the book’s Goodreads listing, or the fanart pictures for links to the artist’s page!


1. This is obviously a given. Most parents want their kids to get straight As; I just want my kid to appreciate the intricacies of the house sorting system.


2. Everybody needs to experience the magic that is the Tolkien universe, and I’m hoping to get my son started on these books as soon as he’s old enough to enjoy it. I read The Silmarillion when I was 12-13 years old and absolutely adored it, but my attention span seems to be dwindling steadily as I get older… sigh.


3. I’ve never finished the series, but Inkheart was such a fun and whimsical read during my childhood, and I can only hope he’ll be sucked into it just like I was.


4. One of my all-time, life-long favorite series. There’s so much to learn from this series, like standing up against injustice no matter how scary it is, and knowing that, just because someone’s an authority figure, doesn’t mean you should blindly follow everything they say. Question everything.


5. I must have read Eragon two dozen times as a kid. It’s such a fun story, and every kid needs a good book about dragons, don’t they?


6. Dear Martin was such an amazing story about racism in modern America, and unfortunately, that’s a reality my son is going to have to grow up in. I want him to at least recognize how to empathize with people and to look beyond the news headlines for what really happens in so many of these scenarios. 🙁


7. Simon is such a fun, easy, approachable way to show someone what life is like for a gay teen in America. I obviously don’t know what sexuality and/or gender identity my child will fall under, and I will support him no matter what, but what I do know is that I’ll do everything in my power to raise him with empathy and understanding for people.


8. The Only Alien on the Planet, as many of you know, is my all-time favorite underrated read of my teen years, and that’s because it teaches such incredible lessons about caring for people and treating them with fairness and love despite their differences – especially despite their mental illnesses or past traumas.


9. Lumberjanes would be such a perfect graphic novel series for a kid, since it easily crosses that bridge between MG and YA. It’s charming, whimsical, magical, fun, humorous, and has some amazing diversity in its cast. <3


10. I’ve only read the first Percy Jackson book, but I already know it would be such a fun read for any kid, and Rick Riordan portrays soooo many valuable morals and such great diversity in his books that I will surely be encouraging my kiddo to pick these books up as soon as he’s old enough!

What book would you be most proud to see your future child/nephew/niece/sibling/random small child on the street enjoying?

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  • Reply ChrissiReads November 14, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I can totally see why you’d recommend these books. I’m so jealous of those that can experience the Harry Potter world for the first time!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Oh gosh, ME TOO! Though, at the same time, I feel so privileged to have grown up with it and to have soooo many memories related to it. <3

  • Reply elenasquareeyes November 14, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Eragon almost made it onto my list! Lumberjanes is a great comic to get younger readers into the world of comics
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    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Yes, I agree! Lumberjanes would be a perfect introduction to the graphic novel world. Thanks, I’ll check yours out!

  • Reply Nuria November 14, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Lumberjanes looks like a fun graphic novel. Maybe even something I could read now? 🙂 There are some great picks on your list with amazing messages.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 16, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Yes, definitely something I would recommend for you to read! I think it is a great read for people of all ages. I’m 25 and I adore the series just as much as I think any tween or young teen would. 🙂 And thank you!

  • Reply Nuria November 14, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Don’t know if my other comment was published or just disappeared in the depths of my mysterious computer… So just in case: here we go again xD

    Lumberjanes looks like a fun graphic novel and like something I could pick up now to get started in that genre? I’m not much of a graphic novel reader, but lately I’ve been wanting to try something new. So who knows xD

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 16, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Oh, I think it looked like it disappeared because I have my comments set to require moderation if the user is new to my blog or hasn’t commented recently. But yes, it did go through! Yes, I would HIGHLY recommend it for someone who doesn’t read many graphic novels! The volumes are all readable independent of each other so you don’t have to go in order if you don’t want to (though I personally would), and they’re such quick and FUN reads. Definitely my favorite graphic novel series!

  • Reply Annemieke November 14, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Oh Simon vs and PJO are great ones. We share HP on our lists. 😀

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 16, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Yay! 😀 How could anyone NOT want to pass HP on to the next generation? It’s just so good.

  • Reply judithcmoore November 14, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Hey! The Hobbit’s on my list too 🙂 awesome

  • Reply thebookishlibra November 14, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Harry Potter and The Hobbit made my list too. Love the rest of your choices too, especially Dear Martin and Simon.

  • Reply ericarobyn November 14, 2017 at 8:03 am

    WONDERFUL list!!! You picked such great books!

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  • Reply Marie November 14, 2017 at 8:05 am

    It was definitely a proud mama moment when I son started getting into the Harry Potter books. It’s great to see kids getting into reading!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Oh my goodness, I bet! My son is only a year and a half old, so I have a long way to go before that happens for us, but I’m very excited for if it ever does! I just hope he’s a bookworm, period!

  • Reply Nina November 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I totally agree with The Hobbit! I love the story, the characters, the adventure, just everything is awesome in the Hobbit. 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Awesome, thank you! 😀 I’ve been so pleased to see how many people agreed with my adding The Hobbit!

  • Reply Aj @ Read All The Things! November 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    YES to all of these. I loved them all. My future children will definitely be reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

  • Reply Louise ✨? November 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I loved Simon vs! It’s such a cute book but one with important themes. And I loved The Hunger Games when I read it for the first time, it’s a good book to get into sci-fi and dystopian with 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Yes, I agree 100%! THG was definitely my intro to the dystopian genre. Sadly I don’t know if I’ll ever love any dystopian series as much as I still love that one!

  • Reply Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek November 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Oh my gosh YES to freaking all of these!

    Also it is extremely refreshing to see someone mention “Inkheart” because in all seriousness I hardly ever see anyone talk about it and it’s fantastic. I freaking loved that book so much and the two sequels were even better, I joke not, I didn’t think a series could get so much better than the first book but this one did! 🙂

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Hahaha thank you! And yessss, I loved Inkheart so much as a kid! I really need to reread/continue the series! Especially if you’re raving about the other books! 😀

  • Reply the (book) supplier November 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Martin was on my list as well. It’s one I think I’m going to try and convince my brother (who is 17) to read. Such a great list.

    eli @ the (book) supplier
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    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Awesome! I hope he will read it (and enjoys it). It’s so powerful and just absolutely wonderful. Thank you! I’ll check yours out, too 🙂

  • Reply iloveheartlandx November 15, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson were all on my list this week too!
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  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me November 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Somehow I still haven’t read Inkheart… I’ll have to fix that!

    Lauren @ Always Me

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries November 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Oh, I highly recommend it! Especially if you like YA fantasy that leans more middle grade, because I feel like I remember Inkheart kind of riding the line between those two age groups?

  • Reply jilljemmett November 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Great list! I totally agree!

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