It’s Tuesday! Actually, as I’m writing this, it’s Saturday, but I will be very busy taking the DELF on Monday and Tuesday, (Wish me luck!) so it’s do this now or don’t get it done at all. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is about which books you want your future children to read. (Want? You better believe that my children are going to have assigned reading and discussion periods. Have to is more accurate.)
Top Ten Tuesday is a tag created by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find more out about it here. It’s super super fun to do, so you should check it out.
ANYWAY! Let’s book. (Yes, that’s a verb. Anything can be a verb if you try hard enough.)
First off (and this may seem like a no-brainer), but I will disown my children if they don’t read Harry Potter. I’m going to get them started young. We’ll read the illustrated editions when they’re probably too young to not be terrified by Voldemort, but I DON’T CARE. Getting traumatized builds character.
(I just really like Calvin and Hobbes, okay?)
Other books I plan on reading to my children when they’re young enough for bedtime stories are The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, because nobody is ever too young for Neil Gaiman and The Graveyard Book is just incredible, Anne of Green Gables, because everyone needs a little Anne in their lives, and The Languge of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, because normal fairytales are for losers (and the princesses in these stories are much more interesting). I want my kids to think that Leigh Bardugo’s fairytales are just normal fairytales that everyone knows.
I also plan on making reading A Christmas Carol every December a family tradition, because my annual A Christmas Carol re-read is one of my personal traditions and I’M ALREADY SO EXCITED FOR MY REREAD I JUST NEED A LITTLE MORE SNOW ON THE GROUND AND WE’LL BE GOOD TO GO!
Once they get a little older, I want them to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because it’s the sort of book I think should be assigned for required reading in schools. It’s a great story, but it’s also such an important book. In a similar vein, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis will definitely be on the reading list because of its bitter-reality way of dealing with rape culture and sexism.
I also plan on giving them an education in fantasy classics, by which I mean we’ll read all of Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion and I’ll give them tests like it’s history class. (This is good parenting, by the way. Feel free to steal this idea. 100% chance of giving your child a leg up in life.)
Finally, I’ll make them read Six of Crows, because hello, it’s me, I make everyone read Six of Crows and my children will not be safe from this. (Read Six of Crows.)
These are all excellent choices. I should basically have kids right now, because I wouldn’t screw them up at all. What books would you read to your kids? And how scarred do you think my future kids are going to be?