Besides his laptop, tablet, multiple gaming platforms, video games, board games, clothes, textbooks, and camping gear, he took boxes of his favorite books–as well as a bookcase to hold them all.
So at this is the time of year, when lists of “Best Books”are published everywhere, I thought I’d share some of my son’s best books—the books he took. They span the years from first grade to adult.
The Books He Took
- Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. (He read this over and over again from first grade on.)
- The Secret Knowledge of Grownups and The Secret Knowledge of Grownups: The Second File by the late Caldecott Winner, David Wisniewski. (Funny for kids and adults.)
- Dinotopia by James Gurney
- My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. (For months after reading this book my son wanted to go off to live alone in the woods.)
- A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. (Thanks to his fourth grade teacher who required book reports, this turned out to be a keeper.)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Borrowed from his sister and never returned.)
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
- The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
- Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
- Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
- The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
- World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- The Far Side by Gary Larson
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
- Under the Dome by Stephen King
- The Heritage of Shannara series by Terry Brooks
- Numerous books by his all time favorite author, the late Terry Pratchett
My son has an e-reader and plenty of electronic gadgets at his disposal for reading. But there is nothing like the comfort of a physical book. Electronic devices morph and change rapidly. The look of the text changes. When you open a physical book, the words are in the same place on the same page where you left them several months or several years ago. Tactile senses awaken memory and a sense of well-being thumbing through the pages of a well-worn book.
It’ll feel like coming home.