Top Ten Reads for 2013: A Family Affair


In my previous post, I listed my top ten reads for 2013.  Then, I thought it might be fun for my daughter (who is 12 years old) to think about her own top books of the year.  As with my own list, these are not necessarily 2013 books, and they are not in any order.

  1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier – Graphic comic book about life with braces.  I think this book is loosely autobiographical.  Cute.
  2. Drama by Raina Telgemeier  (these are separate, not a series) – Also a graphic comic book about life in a middle school drama club.
  3. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper – This is a great book about an intelligent girl who is unable to communicate with others.  She’s stuck inside her head until she discovers a machine that can speak for her.  Great for everyone!
  4. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – A cute story about a dog who goes through several lives until he is able to discover his purpose.  A few tear-jerking scenes (well, for me at least)
  5. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – Two young people are trying to figure a way out of their world once things start going wrong.  Gripping and suspenseful.
  6. Twelve by Lauren Myracle – I didn’t read this one, so I can’t really say what it’s about, except that it’s about a 12 year old girl.
  7. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (I told her she could count a whole series as one book) – A series of books about a boy who is half human/ half god battling monsters and Greek gods.  A good way to learn about Greek gods and myths.
  8. Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling – I think we all know what these are about, but I will say that I also read them and loved them.
  9. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (the only one not pictured above) – I think these are pretty well-known as well.  I read the first two, but, for some reason never got to the last one.
  10. Divergent by Veronica Roth – This is her newest discovered series, but she hasn’t read the last two yet.  I haven’t read this one, but my daughter says that is even better than the Hunger Games.

Then, my 10 year old son and 8 year old daughter saw me doing this, and they wanted to make their own lists.  Here is my son’s list, in no particular order:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien – a classic
  2. Big Nate books by Lincoln Peirce – the whole family has been enjoying these ones!
  3. The Hardy Boys – his newest dicovery
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney – we have all laughed at these ones too, and there have been a couple of times that I have laughed the hardest until the kids are laughing because of how hard I am laughing.
  5. Top Ten Lists of Everything in Football – great book for young football fans
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia by c.s. lewis – classic
  7. Percy Jackson (again)
  8. Harry Potter (again) – it’s nice that they have some books in common
  9. This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall by Gordon Korman – who remembers this one?  It’s still funny.  My son had to ask me what a ‘panty raid’ was.
  10. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey – who else has read these?  At first I was skeptical, but they are really funny, especially if you enjoy bathroom humour (which I think most kids do).  Dav Pilkey is a clever man.

Finally, the Top 5 for my 8 year old daughter:

  1. Trading Faces by Julia Devillers – A set of twins who trade places during their first day of middle school.
  2. Go Girl by Vicki Steggall – just a book written for young girls
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (again)
  4. Smile and Drama by Raina Telgemeier – she likes reading some of her older sister’s books, if she can
  5. Ivy and Bean books by Annie Barrows – These are really cute books about two friends who get themselves into sticky situations.

Good books for the whole family!  Happy Reading!

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Reads for 2013: A Family Affair

  1. tanya says:

    The MacDonal Hall books!! I love it. I can’t wait until my daughter is ready to them.
    Ivy and Bean are a big hit at our house, as is The Wimpy Kid. I guess i should give the Nate books a try with my daughter too.

    • naomi88 says:

      Yes, try the Nate books. They’re similar to The Wimpy Kid books, but there are more comics and I find Nate to be more optimistic and energetic than Greg Heffley.

  2. Cecilia says:

    I love this post! Love the idea of having all your kids join in on the fun 🙂 I haven’t read most of the books but the titles are familiar and it looks like my 9 y/o son has a lot in common with your kids in terms of reading taste. I’ll definitely share this post with him. You’ve also just encouraged me to read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. My son is trying to get me to reach my reading goal for 2013 (I am 8 books behind with 12 days left) and he insisted tonight that I read the Wimpy Kid books 😉 (I did used to read them to him until he became old enough to read them on his own, and I do remember them being hilarious.)

    • naomi88 says:

      Thanks Cecilia! And your son has a good idea- if you read all the Wimpy kid books (which wouldn’t take very long) you’d be almost at your goal! It’s a busy time of year to be reading. I know my own reading has slowed down, and might not pick up again until January. Good luck getting to your goal!

    • naomi88 says:

      It did take him a while, but his best friend had read it so he was determined. And then he wanted to read The Lord of the Rings, but didn’t quite make it half way though the first book. Maybe in a couple of years.

  3. Care says:

    Yep, your daughter would be fine – I would encourage! – her to read Chaos Walking (especially since I read Divergent and question some of the character development). It will bring up questions about gender and nurture/nature, importance of education, etc. 😉

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