To make all things equal I thought I’d share the books that my son and I both love. We are both avid readers (as is everyone in my family with the exception of my husband). As we tried to come up with our top five we realized there are a lot books we each love that the other hasn’t read. Hopefully, we can remedy that situation very soon. Unfortunately since he’s in school, most of his time is taken up by studying and homework, so there is little time for reading for pleasure.
We enjoyed discussing some of our favorite books and trying to narrow them down to five. It was such a difficult task, that we decided to include a bonus pick (we couldn’t figure out which of these to leave out so we left six).
So, without further ado, here are the top SIX books that we BOTH love (in no particular order):
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – When our family finally got around to reading these books, all the movies were out except the final installment of Deathly Hallows. We watched each movie during Thanksgiving break in 2010 and then on the final night of our break we went to see Deathly Hallows 1 at the theater. We were hooked, we were brand new Harry Potterites and we couldn’t wait until DH2 was released. In the meantime we started reading the books in January 2011 and we watched each movie again until we had all read each of the books. Then we went to a midnight showing of DH2. All of that made the first half of 2011 special for our family.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – I read these books in college and LOVED them. Although fantasy was not my favorite genre, I quickly became engrossed in this trilogy. I raved about them so much that my son felt that he had to read these books as well. Although he hasn’t had a chance to read the entire trilogy he loves Fellowship and is eagerly anticipating the rest. I am eagerly anticipating talking about the books with him and viewing the movies once again.
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Once again my son has not read the entire trilogy, but we all shared an equal passion for the story of Katniss, Peeta and the dystopian future that they live in. Daniel enjoyed “Catching Fire” but hasn’t been able to finish “Mockingjay” (again school gets in his way, and he doesn’t like it as much as the other two).
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth – “Mom, I’m not really reading anything for myself right now, any ideas?” I handed him “Divergent,” I knew he would like it and I was right. It’s hard to find YA books that boys will like and I knew this one had enough action for him. Not only did he like it, but he went to our library’s Teen Book Club discussion about it. Now, if he could just find the time for “Insurgent.”
5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – We read this book together when he was in the fourth grade and it was a special time for us.When we first heard about the movie, we knew we had to go together, and so we did. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie adaptation even though it was different from the book. After all, how can you not love a movie with Gandalf and hobbits in it?
Bonus: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I tried to read this aloud to both of my kids when they were in sixth and seventh grades, but they weren’t quite ready for it. Thankfully, my son HAD to read it for English class last year and we got to have several opportunities to discuss it. After he was done we watched the movie and my son completely understood my passion for both the book and the movie.