Our Summer Reading List

One of the activities that I did not list on our Summer Bucket List was reading. Now, this isn’t because I don’t plan to read or have the kids read. Quite the contrary. I have decided that I will require two hours of mandatory reading/quiet time here at home – one in the morning and another in the late afternoon. The older kids will read on their own in the morning, while the younger kids and I read together, do puzzles, and practice writing. I plan to read aloud to everyone in the afternoon.

I want to introduce my kids to some of my favorite classics. All of these are books I read over and over again as a child – with the exception of The Hunger Games – and I’m excited to now read them to my own children. Here is what we will be reading this summer:

The folks over at the sustainable online book store, Better World Books, put together the list of the top 10 book series of all time. Guess what? All four series we plan to read, together and alone, are on their list! Are you wondering what other series are on their list? Here ya go:

  • The Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series
  • The Tomorrow series by John Marsden
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

What do you think?  Are there any books that you think should have a spot on the list?

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  1. T Stanton says

    Chris –

    I think Madeline L’Engle’s series is a great one for kids in middle school.
    A Wrinkle in Time
    A Swiftly Tilting Planet
    A Wind at the Door

    I also REALLY like C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy.
    Out of the Silent Planet
    That Hideous Strength

  2. Pershy says

    Summer is coming! We and our kids would love to go somewhere and have fun together.. No classes so we can have quality time with them..