My kids came home with their summer reading lists yesterday. They opened the envelopes and sighed. (Well one sighed; the other had a few choice words I won’t repeat) Spouting off about the merits of good literature, I grabbed the list from their hands and read it, only to find myself equally disappointed. There were, of course, the required classics, which I pulled of my well stocked book shelf. The rest of the titles I’ll have to buy.
Their biggest complaint – they don’t have choices. My daughter’s list had the requisite classic, three sci-fi novels, and one historical non-fiction. No don’t get me wrong, I love sci-fi; I write Speculative fiction. But my daughter doesn’t. She hates it with a passion. Toss her “The Scarlet Letter” and she’ll be fine; make her read boy-centered sci-fi and she will fight her way through it. And she has to read three this summer, not one.
My son . . . well in his box-of-a-world, he doesn’t have time for reading, not when there are baseball games to be played and friends to hose down. Oh, he’ll read them, complaining right along side my daughter.
And thanks to an awesome tweet by agent Jennifer Laughran a few weeks back, I already know what I am going to do with both these lists. I am going share them with my local Indie bookstore, maybe pick up a read for myself while I am there!
How about you – what’s on your kid’s summer reading lists this year?