Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for young people.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists of the following:

 November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)

 

Wasn’t sure I wanted to do this week’s list but I skipped last week and thought I should at least try.  I don’t have kids.  I don’t have young nieces or nephews, which I think was the intention of this list idea.  I simply don’t have kids in my life and that is by design.  I do have opinions however and decided to look for books that I’ve read that I think young people should read.  I know that I’m a librarian and helping people select reading material is part of my job.  But there is a big difference between helping someone find something they want to read and selecting something that people should read.  One takes into account what the reader’s interests are and the other the recommenders’ personal moral code.  Note: I’m recommending books for readers age 16 and up.  

Ten books that young people should read.

  1. The Handmaid's Tale There is going to be several dystopian novels on the list because I truly believe it is one of the best ways to get people questioning government control.  This one also makes the reader think about the role of women in society.
  2. Impossible (Impossible, #1) This book I would recommend because it deals with the topic of mental health and rape.
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns This is not an easy book to read and does not have a pleasant ending for one of the main characters but I feel that we tend to live in such an isolated privileged society that we forget that many people in the world have much harder lives.  This is a great book to remind young people how good they have it in life.
  4. Matched (Matched, #1) Another great book to get teens questioning the big brother also known as big government.
  5. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation Despite the fact that we are not a Christian nation but instead a secular one I feel more people need to read something that challenges the traditional ideas of who or what God is.  This is a fun book that makes people think in a pretty non-threatening fun way.
  6. Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness The civil war was the last time we had an armed conflict on American soil and I feel like everyone should read what it is like to live in a country at war.  To not feel safe in your own home.  Too often America is the aggressor in the world maybe if more people knew what it was like to live with war around you then we would be less likely to inflict war upon other countries.  Also, we need a healthy reminder of why people flee their homelands.  It isn’t to take our jobs it is to save their lives.
  7. Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice  Too often young people are taught that they need to grow up, get married, and start a family of their own.  Meaning they need to have kids.  Not everyone is fit to or wants to have children and that’s okay.  This book would help show them that they have options.
  8. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) This book has a strong female lead and questions authority.
  9. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) Another book to get teens questioning society and topics of control and do the ends justify the means.
  10. Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1) Ms. Kenyon does epic good vs evil and takes characters that have had everything thrown at them and raises them up to be heroes despite the adversity they have faced in life.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded that yeah life can suck but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome it.
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