Since I was M.I.A during all of November, I missed a couple of awesome Top Ten Tuesday prompts. One of them was "Books I Want My Future Children To Read", which is something that I think about every time I read a hard-hitting, powerful book that influences me and changes my views in some way. But I don’t want to miss on doing this list, so I decided I would bring it back anyway a couple of weeks later.
Today’s actual topic is Books I Hope Santa Brings, but that includes talking about getting yet MORE books, which I don’t need at the moment. That’s why I decided to swap their places and talk about the books I’d like my FUTURE CHILDREN to receive for Christmas. This still applies, right? Either way, I’ve read many books in my life that I’ve absolutely adored and which have shaped me to be who I am. I’d love to experience some of these stories alongside my children and for them to discover all of the different, magical worlds books can take us to!
I hope you enjoy this post! Feel free to link your own TTT of this week, as well as the post from a few weeks ago that I’m doing now. Have a beautiful day and Happy Holidays!
-Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
I never liked Eggs and Ham either, and that was another reason why I found this book to be SO funny as a child! I was a picky eater and trying new stuff annoyed me. The rhymes, the story, and the funny characters made me LOVE this book. The librarian at my school read us this book out loud for the first time, and I can still remember it perfectly well. My adoration for it was so big, and I became obsessed with it. Dr. Seuss is by far one of the funniest writers of my childhood.
-Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
I really started reading a lot when I went an entire summer without technology and was given a big pile of books. This one and many other Judy Blume stories were in it, and the condition was that I finish all of them before I could get my things back. But I read them one by one and forgot about everything else. Her stories changed me because, even though I’d always been a reader, never had I enjoyed books as much as I did hers that summer.
-Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
My father was the first one to read the Harry Potter series when it came out. He told me about how amazing they were my entire life, and I became a big fan of the movies because I was not yet old enough to read the books. I’d always thought it made no sense to read the books because I already knew everything that happened, but then one day I found my father’s copy inside a closet and opened the Sorting Hat’s chapter. I was SUCKED IN immediately and never stopped. I realized the real meaning of “the book is better than the movie” when I read The Sorcerer’s Stone.
I’m weaving my way through the series still as slowly as I can so as not to run out of books. I cry every time I finish one and I've, thankfully, forgotten everything about the last two movies! I don’t remember at all the ending, so I will at least be able to experience that for the first time with the books.
But I don’t want this to happen to my children. I want them to experience the Harry Potter books before the movies. I’ll make sure they get the full experience because I didn’t. And there is no need to explain why these books are so special and mind-blowing. Kids, adults, and literally everybody needs to indulge themselves in Harry Potter’s magic at some point in their lives.
-Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
Or basically any and all of David Walliams's books! His stories are so appealing because of how ridiculous and original they sound. Demon Dentist, Billionaire Boy, and Bad Dad are just some of the other things that I want my children to read.
Gangsta Granny was super entertaining, and I’m planning on reading some of his other books soon, even as an older person! This type of humorous stories are the ones that, in my opinion, honestly have no age. These are also the books that I think will get kids interested in literature for the first time. There will not exist such a thing as “Reading is Boring” in my family. Fuck society and fuck stereotypes. I’ll spread my love for books with as many people and as many kids as I am able to.
-Holes by Louis Sachar
One of the most gripping mysteries I read and mind-blowing finales. This is a bit more elevated type of literature, with a more complex writing style and educating narration. Unlike the other books I had read previous to this one, Holes was not fast-moving at all times and it did not have the unconditional ability to fix my attention on it at all times. It took more effort on my part to focus on what was happening, and that helped me develop my concentration skills.
This story took its time to unfold itself, and at the end, it did not disappoint. I categorized this book as a highly interesting and game-changing read.
-The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
I was very into mysteries and enigmas when I was growing up, and I am slowly coming back to it once more. I was intrigued by any type of unknown information that slowly revealed itself through clues and gripping writing style.
At the beginning, I thought this was boring and slow-moving, and I struggled with the vocabulary. Remember that I was a child when I read most of these books, so I constantly encountered tough pieces of literature I had to figure out. The Scandalous Sisterhood was one of them.
As I kept on reading, everything became more and more interesting. This book was a transition into longer ones, and the ending totally shocked me. I fell in love with it and understood by the end why it had been called a “scandalous sisterhood”.
-Geronimo Stilton: The Haunted Castle
As kids, what interests us the most, probably, is what is not known. MYSTERY. We are the most curious at this point of life, and that is why these books are, many times, the first ones to pull us into the Book Community.
Geronimo Stilton is a big collection, so it’ll take a while for kids to get through all of them and it will encourage their reading fire.
-The Witches by Roald Dahl
This was the first School Summer Reading book that I thought was somewhat acceptable. I NEVER liked animal stories such as the ones by Michael Morpurgo, but that was all we read about. When Witches came around, though, I was infinitely pleased with the school. The book had an underlying feeling that CREEPED ME OUT, and that made it even better. Roald Dahl is a genius!
-The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I never read these books. It’s ridiculous, I know, but I LOVE the movies so much and I wished I HAD. It’s not late, obviously, and I will read them eventually, but I wish I had done it as a younger me. But this is why you have kids, right? To give them everything you could not have and make sure you transmit important life lessons and experiences to them. They’ll read all the classics, for sure.
-Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls
Besides adventures and thrilling stories, I want them to learn about the importance of having confidence in oneself, about great people who have achieved great things because they believed in their abilities, and about empowering women who will possibly inspire them as well. This book is so important and easy to read because each story is reduced to a single page.
-The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
This was one of my favorite picture books. I loved the illustrations and I loved that the main character had the same name as I did.
-Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I haven’t read this one either, but I have watched the movie. AHH, what a GREAT problem T.V. is sometimes! I shouldn’t have watched it! but anyway, you’re probably wondering, why would you want your kids to read such a terrifying, creepy story? Well, exactly because of that; because it is SCARY. I want them t read from diverse genres. Also, we should learn to deal with fear.
-Percy Jackson/ Magnus Chase/ Apollo by Rick Riordan
This is SUCH an educational series! And yet another ageless story! Anyone can read this, I should think, and the kids will get all of the benefits of Rick Riordan’s books which, besides quests and monster-fun, involve learning about the Greek, Norse, and Roman gods!
-The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
I haven’t read this one yet, but it is widely known and it sounds interesting. All of the fairytales put into one
Finally, here is one of my favorite books of this year. The Female of The Species will be key in my future children’s lives because it is such a powerful and complex story. It talks about rape culture and its manifestation in society and high schools. It discusses and addresses many issues I didn’t know would influence as much as they did, but it opened my eyes and changed me greatly. You can read my review HERE.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday older topic. Leave a link to your own TTT posts so that I can check them out as well! What was your favorite author or book as a child? What is the book that has influenced you the most throughout your life?
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