Keep in mind this is a pleasure reading list. Our kids have pretty intense reading lists for 9th-12th grade and there you will find all the "classics," from A Scarlet Letter to To Kill a Mockingbird. And some of those they even enjoyed! But this list - just think curled up in a hammock or by a fire reading for just the fun and pleasure of it!
The 20 year old's favorite book is by far The Hiding Place. Don't ask me why, and yes, it was on her required reading list. I think it is a sad book. She thinks it is convicting and is worth reading several times a year. Seriously.
Some other favorites include:
Sherlock Holmes - This is also another favorite of my oldest. Who doesn't like a good mystery?
The Inkheart Series - For a slightly more mature audience (it does contain some mild language), this series is one of the 16 year old's favorite. She loves fantasy, but if that bothers you, let this one go. (Ashton does not like this series)
Lord of the Rings series - I know many kids have seen the movies, but have they read the books? If not, now is a good time to get started. I would say the same thing about the Chronicles of Narnia series.
Let me also add two books that I think are must reads for every highschooler from a mom and teacher point of view, High School Prep Genius and Victus Study Skills.
We found High School Prep Genius as a review and I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about going to college. It covers a lot of information in a quick and easy style. I figure as long as our teens are filling their days with reading, they should at least cover a few that are "real world" application books.
Victus Study Skills was also a review item that I loved. While you will need to get the student workbook in addition to the guide, I assure you it is worth it. Both my 12 year old and 16 year old learned a lot about themselves and their study habits as well as ways to improve those habits. As they get older, those skills will be needed more and more so now is a good chance to slip in that information.
Beginning on Wednesday, fellow Crew members are sharing their favorite high school reading lists, so make sure you come back to follow the link to the carnival. I always add to our list after reading someone else's!