One of my favorite features of Goodreads.com is it’s “Listopia” section. One list that I find very interesting is the list called Best Books for Reluctant Readers. I like this list because my book Glazed Man & Rat Girl belongs at the top, in my humble and unbiased opinion (ha ha). Honestly, I have no doubt that when it comes to a fun and well written story that kids will devour, my book easily belongs in the top 5. However, my book is still fairly new and I have a long way to go as far as marketing and reaching its audience. That will come in time. For now, let’s take a look at some of the wonderful books that have already reached the top of the list.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney – I’m happy to see this one at number one. All of the Wimpy Kid books are hilarious and speak the language of kids better than any other book out there. I have two young readers in my family and they read these books over and over. When I read over their shoulders I can’t help but laugh right along with them.
2. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling – This is the only Harry Potter book that I’ve personally read, but I’ve watched all of the movies. Before reading it I was worried about the glamorizing of witchcraft, and the effect it might have on my daughter if I let her read it. So, I read it along with her. A third of the way through I decided it was harmless fun. My daughter has read them all, by now, at least twice. Overall, I feel like the Harry Potter series is one of the most brilliantly crafted adventure series of all time.
3. The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan – I have not read this, but both of my daughters have, along with all of the other Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Gods books by Rick Riordan. They can’t get enough.
4. Holes, by Louis Sachar – I haven’t read this one either, but I’ve heard many times that it is a great book. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, so if that’s any indication I’m sure the book is even better.
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – I don’t believe this book belongs on this list because, in my opinion, it’s written for teens. I have read this book and it’s one of my favorite books of all time. However, the violent subject matter is far too graphic for younger kids.
6. Fledgling, by Mark A. Collins – I have never heard of this book so I can’t give any thoughts on how good it is. The fact that it’s that high on the list makes me curious, though. The story has something to do with a young boy and the British Sea-Cadets.
7. Harry Potter Boxset – I’m not sure why this is on this list.
8. The Adventures of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey – One of my personal favorite books and series. Captain Underpants and the Wimpy Kid books were my two biggest influences in writing my book Glazed Man & Rat Girl.
There are 688 books on this list, so you’ll have to go to Goodreads to see the full list. The lists on Goodreads Listopia, are generated by reader votes, so they are not scientific at all. They are more of a popularity poll than a quality poll, so take them for what they’re worth. There are plenty of great books on the lower end of the list, mentioned above, that are well deserving of top 10 status. Take number 249 for instance. That’s a book that deserves a vote from everyone of my blog readers (hint hint). Note: If you do go to find my book it’s on the 4th page of books, then count 23 down on that page.