Thursday, July 17, 2008

No, I have no point...

I've always felt like I'd like to have spent more time with my kids. I've traveled for my job off and on, sometimes as much as 20 weeks a year; and now Hannah and I share custody, so I only get them half time.
However, I was on a date with Samantha tonight to see the movie Hellboy (not exactly Citizen Kane, but not bad.) On the way back we started talking about the books I'd read aloud to her and David, and there were quite a few, which made me feel better.
But what I'm really interested in is what other people have read to their kids -- and what I could still read to my kids that would be interesting to teenagers.
So if you feel like it, give me some ideas in the comments; in the meantime, here's what I remember reading to my kids...

Lots of Dr. Suess
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
Tom Sawyer
Huckleberry Finn
Tarzan
The Yearling
Where The Red Fern Grows
Deathwatch
The Survivor
The Giver
A Wrinkle In Time
The White Mountains
The City of Gold and Lead
The Pool of Fire
The Hobbit
Cheaper By The Dozen
The Enemy
Mama's Bank Account
Old Yeller
Savage Sam
Have Space Suit, Will Travel
The Education of Little Tree
The Bible (no, not the whole thing)

10 Comments:

At Thu Jul 17, 01:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger Lisa said...

Try reading "The Book Thief" together. It was the best book I read last year, and technically in the "Young Adult" category, although I don't know that I'd have limited it that way. It was fantastic; narrated by Death, though, so don't expect a light read!

 
At Fri Jul 18, 12:23:00 PM PDT, Blogger blogball said...

No Zane Grey books ? I think those were one of your favorites when you were a kid.

 
At Fri Jul 18, 03:17:00 PM PDT, Blogger Izabella said...

This might not be the same for your kids, but when I was their age my favorites were: Count of Montekristo, Three Musketeers, and Stories of Sherlock Holmes. All of them not only classics, but also a lot of fun. If you could get thru Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, I’m sure these will be piece of cake for you and kids.

 
At Mon Jul 21, 10:57:00 PM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

thx guys - all good suggestions.

 
At Thu Jul 31, 07:53:00 PM PDT, Blogger Happy Mask Saleswoman said...

Island of the Blue Dolphins too, just remembered

 
At Fri Aug 15, 03:21:00 AM PDT, Blogger alleykat said...

The Education of Little Tree
A Tree grows in Brooklyn
The Little Tree
just a coincidence that it's all about trees

 
At Fri Aug 15, 05:41:00 AM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

thx alleykat -- and i added The Education of Little Tree to the list of "already dids".
PS. i loved that book -- but did u know about the author's past life? it's interesting... http://archive.salon.com/books/feature/2001/12/20/carter/

 
At Fri Aug 15, 09:50:00 AM PDT, Blogger alleykat said...

wow, I never knew that, I'm takin' that book off my Google favorite book.

 
At Fri Aug 15, 09:54:00 AM PDT, Blogger alleykat said...

I read a really good authorized-by-the-author-condensed version of the Gulag Archipelago. I'd recommend that to anybody and everybody. The whole book is so depressing that almost no one finishes it, thereby missing the best part which is an almost happy ending.

 
At Fri Aug 15, 09:55:00 AM PDT, Blogger alleykat said...

I read a really good authorized-by-the-author-condensed version of the Gulag Archipelago. I'd recommend that to anybody and everybody. The whole book is so depressing that almost no one finishes it, thereby missing the best part which is an almost happy ending.

 

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