Wrapping up this week’s journey – through one boy’s books, in honor of his eighteenth birthday…
and now for the high school years!
Reading for pleasure – meaning books of his choice – definitely met some tough competition these past few years. Between sports, friends, work, and assigned reading/homework, he simply hasn’t had as much time to read. But, in my opinion, the biggest competition has absolutely been his i-pod touch. For some kids it might be their phone – but for this boy it’s that touch thing. He loves music, so that’s where it started, but it also has a zillion apps and, upping the competitive edge even further, he can access all those social networking sites.
But! He still reads. He’s just pickier. And, as I hinted at yesterday, it can be challenging to find books for teen boys. I’m sure he’s read more YA fiction than the average teen boy because I try to find those books for him. They wouldn’t be within his reach otherwise. And even then, I don’t always get it right. And I’m also sure we’ve missed a lot of gems.
His tastes have changed during this stage of life – and I’m not sure he knows exactly what kind of books he loves anymore. He has shifted from reading only fiction to loving non-fiction (about the right topics of course). But here is a list of the books that I saw change him. The ones that made his cave man persona take a break – these are the books he couldn’t help but talk about. The ones that well-worn from re-reading.
- The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
- Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
- The Maestro by Tim Wynne-Jones
- Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
- Moneyball by Michael Lewis
And for his birthday this year he received The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca. The next day he and his brother were messing around with pine tar.
I wonder what books he’ll take with him to college…
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK