Ten Books My Teen Has Been Reading and Why

Ten Books My Teen Has Been Reading

My son is definitely a reader. Like his mom, he loves to read. And I love that he loves to read.  Getting him a Kindle was one of the best things we have ever done for him. He literally takes it everywhere and reads for about 2 hours in the morning and 3 hours at night. That does not include “school” reading.

We subscribed to Scribd, which is a dream come true and sort of like a Netflix for books, so my son has unlimited access to ebooks. Read my post on why we chose Scribd and how we use it in our homeschool. (By the way, you can get two months free for using my affiliate link!)

Here are ten books that he is currently loving:

Boys Who Rocked1. Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee

This engaging and thought-provoking collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent male role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. This updated and expanded edition of Boys Who Rocked the World encompases a variety of achievements, interests, and backgrounds, from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Steve Jobs to Crazy Horse and Stephen King—each with his own incredible story of how he created life-changing opportunities for himself and the world.

$8.47 for print on Amazon | $8.99 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

Calvin and Hobbes2. Calvin and Hobbes

This series follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his stuffed tiger. At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide! These comic often appeal to highly intelligent and gifted children.

See books on Amazon. Scribd has dozens of comic books. So many that I lost count!

Silmarillion3. The Silmarillion

The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part.

$10.70 for print on Amazon | $9.99 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

The Lantern Bearers4. The Lantern Bearers

The last of the Roman army have set sail and left Britain forever, abandoning it to civil war and the threat of a Saxon invasion. Aquila, a young Legionnaire, deserted his regiment to stay behind with his family, but his home and all that he loves are destroyed. Years of hardship and fighting follow, and in the end, there is only one thing left in Aquila’s life―his thirst for revenge . . .

$8.48 for print on Amazon | $7.09 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

Hardy boys5. Hardy Boys Adventures

The Hardy Boys series is one of the most popular book series of all time, spanning 75 years, and inspiring dozens of spin-off series, TV shows, and toys. The Hardy Boys are two brothers who have what it takes to solve the case. Smart and resourceful, perceptive and clever, their brains are their go-to technology. Frank and Joe are no strangers to danger and suspense, and with their wits and their courage, they can be counted on to crack the case.

See books on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership.  Scribd has over 70 ebooks in this series.

Michael Vey6. Michael Vey

To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

$6.96 for print on Amazon | $8.99 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

No Place Like Holmes7. No Place Like Holmes

The new resident in 221A Baker Street is about to give Sherlock Holmes a run for his magnifying glass! When Griffin is sent to stay with his detective uncle at 221A Baker Street for the summer, he is certain that his uncle must be the great Sherlock Holmes! But Griffin is disappointed to discover that Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street and his uncle lives unit 221A. His uncle is a detective, just not a very good one. But when Griffin meets a woman with a case that Holmes has turned away for being too ridiculous, he and his uncle team up to help her. Along the way, Griffin shows his uncle just what it means to have true faith in God, even when the case challenges that.  The woman claims that her husband was eaten by the Loch Ness Monster, but monsters aren’t real—or are they?

$7.91 for print on Amazon | $5.99 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

O'Reilly Factor8. The O’Reilly Factor for Kids

Bill O’Reilly, a former schoolteacher, now an award-winning broadcast news journalist, husband, and father of two, joins forces with an experienced educator to bring you, America’s youth, a code of ethics by which to live.In this latest book, Bill takes to task bullies, cheaters, advertisers who target you irresponsibly, and parents who fight for their children to win undeserved honors instead of earning them on their own merit.

$10.50 for print on Amazon | $10.29 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

The Case for Christmas9. The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger

By focusing on the “hows” and whys” of Christmas, this warm yet journalistic book will help believers reaffirm their faith while guiding seekers as they pursue solid answers about this miraculous occurrence. With material from The Case for Christ as well as new ideas from author Lee Strobel, this book is designed to be an tool to give away to family, friends, neighbors, and others who want to understand what happened at Christmas 2,000 years ago.

$2.99 for print on Amazon | $1.99 for Kindle on Amazon | Read for free with a Scribd membership

The War of the Worlds10. The War of the Worlds

One of the most famous science-fiction stories ever written, The War of the Worlds helped launch the entire genre by exploiting the concept of interplanetary travel. First published in 1898, the novel terrified readers of the Victorian era with its account of an invasion of hostile creatures from Mars who moved across the English landscape in bizarre metal transports, using deadly heat rays to destroy buildings and annihilate all life in their path. Its power to stir the imagination was made abundantly clear when Orson Welles adapted the story for a radio drama on Halloween night in 1938 and created a national panic.

See books on Amazon – several free Kindle versions | Read for free with a Scribd membership


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  1. My son isn’t quite a teen yet (he’ll be 13 in December), but he loves Calvin and Hobbes and he has a couple Hardy Boys waiting to be read. Thanks for sharing your son’s recent list! I’ll have to check out Scribd.

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