Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists and books, and since I love those things too, I thought I'd join in every once in awhile, when I have time. It's been a few weeks, but I liked this topic, so here we go!
1. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling - Beyond the fantasy and the magic, these books have real-life morals and lessons of friendship, love, loyalty, good versus evil, among countless others. These are lessons that all kids and young adults (and adults) should learn, and I think that by reading them in a book that's got action, adventure and intrigue, it gets the message across in a unique, but lasting way.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis - See above reasons, and you basically get the idea why this is on my list. Not only the moral at the heart of these stories, but I think that books that broaden the imagination are never a bad thing. There's a lot of bad stuff in real life, and I don't think there's anything wrong with being able to get lost in a fantasy world and live vicariously through character's adventures.
3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery - it's a classic for a reason. I realize this one might not appeal to the boys, but I think every young girl should read it, and any young man who has a broad enough mind to read it - well, I'd give him a gold star for sure! Beautifully written, fun, funny, heartbreaking, full of life lessons - it's one of my personal favorites.
4. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - again, full of life lessons, beautiful and hauntingly heartbreaking. This book stuck with me for a very long time after I read it, and it's on my re-read list.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - a classic coming-of-age story that teaches us to took beyond what we see. This was required reading for me in high school, and I was always grateful that it was.
6. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares - Again, for the girls, but I'd be curious to know if many guys have read this series. I know this would probably never make it into the schools, but I think all young girls should read this. There's a common theme in the books I'm picking - friendship, love, loyalty, making it through hard times, just growing up in general. These are books I read several years ago, but would love to re-read now as an adult, and I'd also love to read the 5th book that was just released, Sisterhood Everlasting - the girls 10 years later. I'm really excited to find out what happened to the characters that I loved so much.
I hate to say it, but that's all I can think of. I'm kind of pressed for time, waiting for family to arrive any minute, so my brain's shutting down lol. If I can think of any others, I'll come back and add them to the list. Can't wait to see your lists - be sure to leave a comment and a link if you have one!