National Reading Month: Creating a Nourished Mind

As we continue the nourishment of our homes, what better place to go next than our minds? Today’s popular culture being what it is, it’s easy to get dragged into popular books, movies, and TV shows that are more “guilty pleasures” than actual, edifying, investments in our own knowledge and growth as human beings. And that’s where National Reading Month becomes a valuable resource and reminder.

First of all, we’d like to celebrate good literature to begin with, but National Reading Month also gives us all the opportunity to set aside the entertainment fed to us, that we’re told we should like, and pick up stories, histories, and literature that serves our values and hearts a little more. It’s becoming harder and harder to find clean, good books these days, especially for young kids, so we wanted to curate a list of books for everyone in the family. Without a doubt, we got a little carried away, so keep an eye out for further lists!

Please note that these lists are only suggestions, and that 1) you must research these titles and determine your own child’s reading level, maturity, and ability to handle certain themes, and 2) anyone can read whatever they like! Reading should be fun, not a chore!

Adventure and Fiction for Girls & Boys

PC: Elaine Atherholt

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The Giver by Lois Lowry

True Grit by Charles Portis

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Nansen by Anna Gertrude Hall

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Adult Novels & Classics

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Persuasion by Jane Austen

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon

Quiet by Susan Cain

Blackout by Candace Owens

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The Truth and Beauty by Andrew Klavan

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Brave New World by Alduous Huxley

Eve in Exile by Rebekah Merkle

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Four Hours of Fury by James M. Fenelon

Code Name Lise by Larry Loftis

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham

Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell

John Adams by David McCullough

Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Dick Winters

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan

Grant by Ron Chernow

Happy Reading!

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