On hot summer days there’s nothing I like better than relaxing with a glass of cold iced tea and a good long book. Books have been a constant friend in my life for as long as I can remember. Fostering this same love of reading in my children is a high priority on my mom-to-do list. Finding interesting stories and subjects that appeal to my teen son and tween daughter however, can sometimes be a challenge, albeit a fun one!
My tween, Pie, is a willing accomplice when it comes to filling her bookshelf with pages and pages of anything remotely cool looking. Getting her to actually read them sometimes turns into a chore though. We both need to learn that less is more, and quality over quantity is key when it comes to buying books! This summer she has definitely been leaning more towards books that focus on girls her age.
Pie tells me that her favorite book of all timeis “A Faraway Island”, which kinda sorta makes me smile with happiness because historical fiction is my favorite genre! The sequel to this book “Lily Pond” will be out in October, I may surprise Pie with it. shhh, don’t tell! Other favorites include the “Seekers” series, “The Clique” book series, “Clutter Control” (American Girl), and even “The Secret Lives of Princesses” just because it’s funny. Her current in-progress read is “The Kind of Friends We Used To Be” which deals with how the childhood friendship between two middle school girls evolves and changes as they find new interests and friends.
I’ve found that the teen boy can be pretty elusive when it comes to dragging out any info whatsoever regarding what he might possibly be interested in reading about. Luckily, I can be a sneaky mom by putting books with topics geared towards his interestunder his nose. Zombie Survival Guide related books seem to lure him in most often. Mr.T. has actually been caught reading these books, I’ve seen it with my own eyes, WooHoo!
The most recently enjoyed teen books were; “Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor”, “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War”, “The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead”, and “The Greatest War Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Military History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy”. For teens, I think that magazines count too, the “Game Informer” is one that Mr.T. reads regularly. I’d like to find more magazines that appeal to him as I think it’s a great way to keep him readingwithout making him think he’s “actually reading”, if ya know what I mean ;)
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