Books My Kids Have Asked Me to Read

January 7, 2010 @ 8:09 am | Filed under:

Pronto, please.

Everything by Shannon Hale, starting with The Goose Girl. (I have read Hale’s adult books, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife.)

The Percy Jackson series—they have been after me to catch up on these for ages.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (book #2 in the series—you know how much I loved the first one).

The Ruby Key by Holly Lisle (and I think this was sent to me as a Library Thing review copy, so I really need to get on the stick).

Countless others, but those are the ones placed enticingly on the shelf next to my bed at the moment.

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  1. Sarah N. says:

    I just read Shannon Hale’s Rapunzel’s Revenge with my daughter – great graphic novel with a sequel coming out soon. I just started Percy Jackson and I loved the first book. I wasn’t sure it would be my thing but I wanted to pre-read it for my daughter and I enjoyed it far more than I expected too.

  2. sarah says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of Goose Girl. I read it a while ago and thought it was okay, but that fairy tale is so dear to me, I guess I’m always going to be hyper-critical of adaptations. My dd loves the Mysterious Benedict books.

  3. Mrs. Mordecai says:

    I can definitely recommend the first three on your list. I love them all!

  4. Mamalion says:

    You know there’s a third Benedict Society, right? Oldest Son had a fit, when he didn’t get it for his birthday in November. He kept threatening to buy it with his birthday money. After trying and trying to deter him, I finally had to give up and admit that my mom had bought it for him for Christmas! Then, of course, came the waiting…misery, I was assured.

  5. stephanie says:

    I’ll be interested to see what you think of Percy Jackson. I enjoyed book 1, but thought book 2 was much darker and quit about 1/3+ of the way into book three. Just not sure about them for my girls down the road, but would love to know what you think!

  6. Michelle says:

    I LOVE the Mysterious Benedict Society! My sixth graders are fighting over my one copy. I’ve read all three and each one gets better than the one before.

  7. Jen Lynch says:

    Scary! I have read them all after the pleadings (okay, not too hard to twist my arm) of my daughter. Mysterious Benedict and Percy top my list. Enjoy!

  8. Kim says:

    My oldest daughter loves, loves, loves the Percy Jackson series and she is interested in The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey. We may be starting that next.

    Thanks for sharing your kid picks!


  9. Yvonne says:

    I loved the first and second Mysterious Benedict Society books. We borrowed the third one which my dd adored, but I couldn’t get past the second chapter. I think I’ll try again in 6 months.

    Has your group read Charlie Bone? My 13 year old loves them and insisted that I read them too. I enjoyed the first 2, but haven’t worked my way through the third one yet.

  10. Melissa Wiley says:

    Yes, Jane checked the 3rd Ben Soc book out from the library, I think. It’s funny how many search hits I get these days from people looking for news of a 4th book in the series!

    Don’t think any of us have read Charlie Bone!

  11. Susan says:

    I started The Magician’s Elepahnt as the latest read-aloud ), and asked Junior if he’d like to hear more. “No, thank you, that was enough of that book” was the reply. (It sounded lovely to me. Sigh.) So now I’m wondering what to read next! I tried the Lightning Thief a while back but could feel it floating over Jr.’s head. Maybe we’ll give the Mysterious Benedict a go.

  12. Hannah says:

    Tell your children they have excellent taste.

    Incidentally, we listened to The Goose Girl (full cast recording) on our recent Texas-Massachusetts roadtrip.

  13. LaurieA-B says:

    I’m reading The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken aloud to my six-year-old right now. While I’ve loved several of her books since I was a kid, I had never read any of these Armitage family stories before. Wry, humorous stories about magic.