Okay, for those with boys, these are books your kids might like. Most of these are Brian's books, Sean reads very little fiction. Where available, I've provided links to the books' website so you can find out more if you want. Brian's reading is limited to a few genres so check this excellent site for links to more authors of other books for boys; the site was recommended by blog reader Sandy (Thanks!).
Brian has just finished reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan; there are 4 books in all, 1) Lightning Thief 2) Sea of Monsters 3) Titan's Curse 4) Battle of the Labyrinth, a 5th (The Last Olympian) will be released next month, . Half-blood demi-God Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, fights Kronos, the evil Titan King, who's out to destroy the Greek Gods.
One of Brian's favourite reads is The Eragon series, 1) Eragon 2) Eldest 3) Brisingr, the author Christopher Paolini is writing a 4th one, title yet to be revealed. A kind of review by Brian here.
Brian bought the book on the left, Saving the world and other extreme sports, by James Patterson at his school's bookfair last year and he started on MaximumRide: The Final Warning today. Very much a boy's book, I wouldn't have given it a passing glance looking at the cover.
There are 6 books in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer that Brian liked a lot earlier last year; not in any particular order they are 1)Artemis Fowl 2)The Eternity Code 3)The Arctic Incident, 4)The Opal Deception 5)The Time Paradox 6)The Lost Colony.
Brian found the book Flyte, part of the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage in his teacher's classroom library in late 2007 and liked it enough to beg me to buy him the other books he had not read when we were in Singapore that Christmas. Four books in the series 1) Magyk 2)Flyte 3)Physik 4)Queste.
Three books in the His Dark Material trilogy by Philip Pullman, he's misplaced The Amber Spyglass, shown here are Northern Lights and Subtle Knife. These books look new cos they've been read just once. Haven't been re-read till they have dog ears so probably not a favourite.
Finally, books of good literary standing? Or maybe he likes them for narcissistic reasons, the protagonist shares his name. Following up on the popular award-winning book Hatchet, Gary Paulsen continues the Brian Saga series with Brian's Winter and Brian's Return.
Peter Pan, not by J.M. Barrie, but someone with a similar last name, famous humour columnist Dave Barry trying his hand at writing children's literature. Brian read this when he was in London, and I now see it's actually a trilogy. We have two of the three books, Peter and the Shadowthieves and Peter and the Starcatchers.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is liked VERY much by both Brian and Sean. Sean actually chose one of these as an impromptu Christmas present when we were in MPH last year (it was really close to Christmas and I hadn't bought them presents yet). We bought the 2nd book later. And this last trip back, they begged me to buy the 3rd instalment when they saw it in Borders. But it was still the hardcover version and really expensive for a book like this, so I gave them a firm no. Told them to borrow from the school library if available or if the paperback comes out before then, I'll buy it for them. This series is obviously raking in the money for the authors/publishers as there's a 4th and 5th instalment in the making.
I put these two books together cos both come highly recommended by my friend Slim, whose boys read very widely. As you can see, one book has been read thoroughly, the other, not at all. Brian tried reading The Earthsea Quartet when I first got the book last year but he didn't like it. Not sure if he'll like it now. As for Captain Bluebear, I blogged about it here.
I think there are more books in the Inkheart series but Brian only read this one and have not wondered more about the book. It's been turned into a movie, I think.
For a time, Brian was hooked on Brian Jacques' Redwall Series. He's read them all save for the latest instalment which we saw at Borders, but still hardcover and so expensive. Laterlah...
And for both boys and girls, there's the Harry Potter series (our books are in Malacca) and shown here Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings trilogy. Aren't my LOTR books gorgeous? I got the books, which come in a case, for a very nice low price at one of the warehouse sales in Singapore. Brian tried reading LOTR but didn't like it enough to complete the first book.
Boys will also like books by Roald Dahl and Judy Blume. In Judy Blume's Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing, the protaganist has a very rascally little brother, so Brian can totally relate to the character. It's really quite funny.
In this pile are some animal-related stories that could appeal to boys, including Woof!, Rascal, Because of Winn-Dixie (oh, Brian just told me he didn't like this book, so...), Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Old Yeller, The Pig who saved the world, and The Tale of Despereaux. The Phantom Tollbooth and Louis Sachar's Holes are books that Brian enjoyed a lot too.
My friend Monica has many posts on books, just click on the book label in her blog. Direct links here to her posts on Classic Book Series for Girls and Book series for boys. Hehe, very different from my list up there, which looks so un-cerebral in contrast.
In the car on the way home from school just now, I saw Brian reading the book below, Firestar's Quest: Super Edition from the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. So I'll just add this to the list of books he likes to read, cos he's actually read 6 books from this series, not including this one.