Book recommendations – from your kids!

BookrecommnedationsbykidsA few times recently, I’ve been stuck for books to read. That’s not to say that there weren’t books around (my To Be Read pile is actually a bookshelf!), it was more I didn’t know what to read next.

I decided to take a risk and I asked my kids to recommend books to me, which I promised to read.

Both kids jumped at the chance to choose a book for me. They chose books they had been bugging me to read for some time.

Z is 11, and has been wanting me to read Frankie Dupont And The Mystery Of Enderby Manor (Frankie Dupont Mysteries Book 1) for a long time. He has read it numerous times and loves the whole series. I read this book on the train a few weeks ago and really enjoyed the story. There were a lot of weird characters and surprising twists and turns. I can see why he likes the series so much.

N is 13, and he has been wanting me to read Specky Magee book 1 for even longer than Z has been wanting me to read Frankie Dupont! This is the book that got N interested in reading when he was 8 or 9. I thought this book would be all about Aussie Rules Football, and I’m really not interested in sport, however I was pleasantly surprised. I read this book in a day. It’s a great story, and one that you can enjoy even if you’re not into sport.

Both boys are suggesting that the next books I read are the second books in the series. They also have other books they think I’ll enjoy too.

Asking my kids for their book recommendations was a risk as you never know what they’ll suggest… They have very different tastes in books, so you never know what they may have suggested I read. I’m so glad I took them up on their suggestions as I’ve read a couple of great books, discovered authors Julie-Anne Grasso (a friend but I’ve never read her books!) and Felice Arena & Garry Lyon, and shared some of the books my kids love. They also loved choosing a book for me to read – they took this task very seriously.

If you are stuck deciding which book to read next, why not ask your kids for their recommendations, especially if they are older and choosing books for themselves rather than you reading books to them. You never know what books you’ll discover.

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  1. Great suggestion! There are a couple books my daughter has read that I’ve been itching to read as well…The Pegasus series and the Warrior Cats books both look like fun reads. I also try to read any of the classics that they are assigned to read in school that I haven’t yet read.

    • I hope you enjoy the books. It’s been great sharing some of the books my kids are enjoying, though they are telling me to stay away from the books they’ve been set at school 😉 lol

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