YA Books for My Future Nerdling

I had a minute, so I thought I’d jump in on today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s topic, from the lovely readers over at The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read.

As I teach middle school, I went the MG/YA route with this list. Besides, Trace likes younger kids, so she can raise our hypothetical nerdling until they become a teenager, and then I’ll take over.

Here’s my list (it’s totally not the whole list. And I’m sure by the time we have a kid and they’re old enough to read YA, they’ll complain that all these books are old).

#TopTenTuesday YA Novels I'd Give My Future (hypothetical) progeny. #booklist

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14 thoughts on “YA Books for My Future Nerdling

    1. It’s not my usual genre either. I picked it because when my wife and I have a kid, they will be biracial. Because Flygirl is about a light-skinned black girl, I thought it might be something our kid could see themselves in.

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  1. I haven’t read a lot of these so I’ll have to check them out – I think A Monster Calls is a great choice to be honest because of what the little boy is going through and how others relate to his experience.
    Lynn 😀

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  2. Oh I haven’t read many of these (I’m almost embarrassed to say, I have to admit) but I am thrilled to see The Hate U Give and A Monster Calls on your list because those are two favourite of mine (and definitely books I will recommend to the younger generation of readers as well).
    Great picks for this week. 😀

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