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    The 2015 Teen Boy Book List

    January 18, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    [dropcap]E[/dropcap]ach year, Son-E keeps a list of the books he reads on his own, and then I type it up and share it here. This year, we’re going to do things a bit differently. I’m only going to share his absolute favorites. You see, I sort of assign some of his free reading books — I say sort of because I provide a pile, and he has to choose some from that pile. He also chooses his own books, of course, but there are books I want to make sure he takes notice of before he graduates, even though we’re not going to “study” them.

    Anyhow, some of these books are books that I gave to him in his pile, while others were books he chose on his own. Their origin doesn’t matter so much as their status — these were the books he loved. Some of them, I totally could have predicted. A couple of the others surprised me. Either way, I love typing up his list each year, so I hope you enjoy it, too.

    Books for Teen Boys

    1. The Tripods Trilogy

    Yes, it’s a trilogy, and they all made the list. It’s science fiction by John Christopher.

    The White MountainsThe City of Gold and LeadThe Pool of Fire

    2. The first three books from The Chronicles of Prydain

    It’s not that he didn’t like the rest of this series by Lloyd Alexander, but only that he hasn’t read them yet. My prediction is that the other two will be on next year’s list!

    The Book of ThreeThe Black CauldronThe Castle of Llyr

    3. The Lost Baron

    This book by Allen French has made the list many years, starting around age 9 or 10. He’s never said much about it, but he must love it, because he chooses to read it almost every year! I asked him what he liked about it, and he said the “changing circumstances, the adventures of the hero.” So there you have it. Apparently, it is very exciting.

     

    4. The Age of Chivalry

    This book by Thomas Bullfinch got an “oh yeah!” from him when we were discussing his list. That surprises me, but I haven’t actually read it before, so maybe I just don’t know what I’m missing. Our copy also include The Legends of Charlemagne, so technically this one is two books.

     

    5. David Copperfield

    We discussed this book a bit. It’s great conversation fodder if you’re looking for life lessons for boys coming of age. David Copperfield is a lovable, admirable character, but he makes his share of mistakes, and boys can learn lessons from him, I think. We discussed everything from Copperfield’s first taste of alcohol to his choice of wife.

     

    6. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    This one is Burton Raffel’s version. I think we also own Tolkien’s version, but I’m pretty sure it was Raffel’s that he read and loved. I say “pretty sure” because we seem to be temporarily unable to locate both versions — my guess is that they are off on an adventure together.

     

    7. Irish Red

    Because sometimes, you just need a good dog story. Jim Kjelgaard is the perfect go-to for dog books.

     

    There were 27 books in all on his list this year — including The Compleat Angler, the reading of which was something of an experiment and all I can say is that I commend his perseverance.

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    15 Comments

  • Reply Mother Undercover January 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Our 13-year-old listened to the Tripod series on Audible this year and really enjoyed them. Thanks for posting this list and for your links to previous years’ lists.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 24, 2016 at 7:36 am

      I didn’t know the series was on Audible! That’s good to know — thank you! 🙂

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  • Reply SarahD January 20, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Love this post. I have two older boys and I’ve added a few to the list of things to get. 🙂 Thanks.

  • Reply Virginia Lee January 19, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I always love these posts as well. My oldest son is 10. So I keep a list and refer to it as the years go on. He’s read books from your son’s 9 year old list and a few from his 11 year old list. I never could find a 10 year old list though. Since I am a girl and grew up with a sister (my brother was born when I was an adult) it’s so nice to have some resources for good boy books. Tell your son we say thank you!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 20, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Hmmm…I can’t seem to find his 10yo list either, which is weird because I don’t remember skipping a year since I started doing this. I will keep looking, but my initial search turned up nothing. 🙁

  • Reply Tracy January 18, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Brandy- this is wonderful, as it is always a challenge for me to keep my boys in (good!) books.
    How old is your son? I feel like I should know, 12 maybe? I’m just wondering if I need to hunt for past year’s posts in this series to catch my sons where they are at.
    Thank you!

  • Reply Christine January 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. The White Mountains is one of my favorite books from my own childhood.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 20, 2016 at 9:20 am

      I have never read it! Perhaps I should… 🙂

  • Reply Debra January 18, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Where are the previous lists?

  • Reply Debra January 18, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Awesome! My teen son is always looking for new things to read. He has quite a list, himself.

  • Reply Dawn January 18, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I very much look forward to these posts, Brandy, and am taking notes. Thanks!

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