Topic | Your List of Absolute Must Reads for a Young Man

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  • Crystal
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    A challenge for you ladies. I have a 16 year old son who pretty much hates all things academic. I have two years left to present him with best ideas I can muster. I realize at some point in his life he will likely be drawn back to great books and ideas, but I dont expect to happen for a great while, so I would like to send him off with the best I can to sustain him until he begins to hunger for great ideas. So while I can still force these things on him under the guise of school, what are your best recommendations? I am looking for books that present truth, beauty, virtue, common heroism, honor, love…high literary quality of course (working on composition as well, so well written is a must). It can be theology, novel, biography, any genre. He isn’t a reader so the list must be short-ish. Thanks for your help. Cant wait to see everyones list!

    retrofam
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    G.A. Henry and Do Hard Things.  Audiobooks are an option too.

    ErinD
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    My teen boys (even the one who doesn’t like to read as much) all really enjoyed these books:

    • The Hiding Place
    • Mover of Men and Mountains
    • Animal Farm
    • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
    • The Prisoner of Zenda
    • Men of Iron
    • Shane

    They aren’t all super moral, but they were the most enjoyable books. If I had to add one theology book, I would suggest Seeking and Finding God by Dave Hunt.

    Morgan1
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    My parents made my brothers read, Must The Young Die Too. More of a send off into life the right way kinda moral book. Very much a deep thinking book. Will stay with him when he is done with it. It was written by a Christian pastor. My dad read it when he was a young man and said he still remembers it today.

    alphabetika
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    If fiction is acceptable, look into the historical fiction of the late British writer Rosemary Sutcliff. Her books are the best historical fiction I’ve ever read, just as appealing and rich to me as an adult as they were to my kids as middle/high school students. Full disclosure: I have only daughters, so I haven’t raised a son to “test” these on. But the majority of the characters in Sutcliff’s books are boys and men, so if that’s a concern in appealing to your son, it’s covered. Most of her books take place in Roman-era Britain or the middle ages and they feature several of the values you list, as well as having very intelligent and realistic emotional depth. Probably her best-known novel is Eagle of the Ninth, which is part of a trilogy, but I have loved every single one I’ve read. The lesser-known books can be a bit tricky to find, but the search is worth it. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

    Crystal
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    Thank you for all of the great ideas ladies. So helpful.

    Alphabetika – love Sutcliff. Just finished her Homer retellings. I happen to have The Shining Company and Lantern Bearers we have not yet read (thank you SCM for scheduling these in your guides).  Putting them in the list for read alouds. DS was scheduled for the MA guide next year, which includes Lantern Bearers, but I have to skip ahead to Early Modern to make sure he gets the proper graduation credits, really irks me to skip….

    Erin – thank you, I have a few of those on my list and I will check out the others. He is reading Hound of the Baskervilles and said he was liking it – he never admits he likes a book.

    Morgan – thanks I have never heard of that one. Definitely looking into it.

    Crystal
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    Oh and retrofam, I have do hard Things and some Henty, pulling them off my shelves. So many books, so little time…

    alphabetika
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    I am reading Sutcliff’s Dawn Wind right now for the first time, though it’s been on my shelf for years. It’s one of the harder ones to find, I think, but I am loving it so much and am glad I found it on AbeBooks.  Her writing is so rich and her descriptions so transporting!  I don’t mean to hijack your post, Crystal, but I just have to gush a little about this woman, in case anyone reading this thread hasn’t experienced her writing. I’m sure she’s not for everyone, but for sheer level of historic and geographic detail and insight into human nature at *any* time in history, she is just stellar. *squeals like a girl*

    Wings2fly
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    Bob Schultz books: Created for Work, Boyhood and Beyond, and Practical Happiness.  While these are great for young men to read on their own, I read them out loud to the whole family, one chapter per week.

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