I love to pass on this list of good books for boys as it has changed our reluctant reader to an avid reader.
I have to pinch myself almost everyday when I see my son with his nose buried in a book. I never thought I'd see the day when he would willingly pick up a book to read, let alone stay up until midnight reading in bed.
The Redwall series kick-started Jaden's adoration of the written word, and for a while he swore Redwall was the only series he'd ever like, but he's finally opened his mind to reading other books as well.
So for the last two weeks, after my husband's recommendation, Jaden has been reading devouring The Belgariad series by David Eddings, an engrossing five-book fantasy series. My husband read the series as a child and it has remained a favorite of his. It's such a favorite, in fact, that although my husband is a huge Lord of the Rings fan — having reread the LOTR trilogy at least ten times — he has read The Belgariad series at least a dozen times.
Obviously he loves the books.
And so does Jaden. It took Jaden about ten days to make it through all five books of The Belgariad series, and now he's moved on to a couple other Eddings' books which follow the same Belgariad characters.
In case you think The Belgariad is a little-known series by a little-known author, you might like to know that it appears on the "Books Every Boy Should Read" list found in The Dangerous Book for Boys. The author of the list describes The Belgariad as a "Fantasy series of five books, every one a gem."
My husband would heartily agree.
Since my husband's such an avid reader, I had him look through the "Books Every Boy Should Read" list to find some other books he's read that we'll introduce to Jaden in the near future. Here's the list he came up with (obviously very heavy in the fantasy genre). I've included The Belgariad in case you'd like to print out the list for your own use. These books are generally appropriate for middle school reading level and up.
Good Books for Boys
- The Belgariad series, by David Eddings
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
- Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
- Discworld books, Terry Pratchett
- Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- Magician (Riftwar Saga), by Raymond E. Feist (This is now published as two novels, Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master. And there's also a whole series of sequels to follow those.)
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- 1984, by George Orwell
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
- The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells
- Sherlock Holmes Adventures, by Sir Arhur Conan Doyle
Do you have any additional good books for boys you could add to the list? I'd love to hear your suggestions!