Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created over at The Broke and the Bookish! This weeks topic is: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.) There are so many books that I would want to children in my life to read that I had to add a ton of honourable mentions as well! I chose a lot of these books because I feel like there is a lot to learn from them, but also because they are just excellent novels that I love!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I would want my children to learn what I learned from Atticus Finch. This book enlightened me to the fact the prejudices exist. It also taught me empathy, and how it is important to be able to put yourself in someone else shoes. Buzzfeed posted this article talking about the 10 life lessons that can be found in To Kill a Mockingbird. These are all lessons I would want for my children to learn.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
This is another book that I gained a lot of perspective from, and I only read it for the first time this year! It does an excellent job explaining corruption and the abuse of power. It highlights the dangers of communism and it is easier than one would think to become power hungry, even when your intentions were good at the start. Animal Farm would be an educational, yet highly enjoyable read for my kids!
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I think the majority of us would want our kids to read Harry Potter! I want my kids to experience all the magic and wonder that I felt when I first read these books. If I ever have children, it is my hope that we would read the Harry Potter series together. It would such a fun experience to share together!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I know I have talked about this a million times, but this is such an important book and so relevant to the world that we live in today. I think that every young person, every person for that matter, should read this book and hopefully gain a better understanding of the world we live in.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
This book just gives me all the warm and fuzzies, and there are also some great lessons to be learned! I want my children to have a grandpa like Ove, and I can actually see a little bit of my dad in him!
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
I mean it says it right there on the cover- this is a book that talks about life’s greatest lessons. There so many great lessons in this book but I am only going to share a few that I truly hope that my future children would learn from it.
- Money can’t buy happiness
- Live everyday to the fullest
- It is important to not only be able to forgive other people, but also yourself
- It is okay to cry
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Outsider’s is one of the books that got me in to reading, and I would love to share that with my children. I remember reading this book for school in the 8th grade, and every one of my friends loved it! I think there is something about this book that really connects with children.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I feel like I am getting repetitive here but The Help is another book that I would want my children to read in the hopes that it would teach them something. Clutch magazine wrote an article that perfect explains what I learned while reading The Help.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I read this book when I was 14 years old and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had known about the Holocaust but it was not until I read The Diary of Young Girl that it got it. I think it was because I was reading about the experience through the eyes of a girl who was around my age, and I could just not imagine what she went through. I think it is important that young people read this book. Anne had a lot of great insights!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is one of my all time favourite books so of course I would want my children to experience that as well, but it is so much more than that. I am just going to leave the following quote from the book to explain why I would want to future kids to read it-
“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn’t already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
Honourable Mentions: Of Mice and Men, Pride and Prejudice, The Hunger Games, Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Web
I really enjoyed this topic and can not wait to see everyone else’s lists!