100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20

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This list has its origins in the NPR list of books for teens. Our teens were unimpressed with some of the books voted most popular on the list. Their answer is the list below. It’s a list of books chosen by teens for teens in response to the NPR list on 100 Best Teen Novels Ever. So, join us for 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20.

Criteria Used to Choose the 100 Books

As we made the list, I talked with my teens about how they were measuring up the books. What was going to give the books what it takes to be on the list? Here is the list they came up with:

  • Novels Only- no plays, poems, short stories, etc
  • Newbury Honors & Awards- many books on the list earned a Newbury recognition. If you don’t pay attention to those, now is the time!
  • Lasting Titles- maybe we could say “classics” here. If it’s been in print a long time, chances are it’s worth the read.
  • Provokes Discussion- do you have a teen at your house? They love a good discussion and if it’s over a book…all the better!
  • Personal Favorites- they had to include books they love the most. Though, this mom exercised a veto right on a few Star Wars books. So, be aware there may be titles that don’t seem to fit and they are probably a personal choice by someone!

The other thing about this list is that it’s not a list entirely aimed at teens. It’s a list of books to be read by the time you are no longer a teen. You’ll find books for younger kids on here as well as for teens and young adults. It should be noted that any of the books on the list are well worth reading long beyond the age of 20.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”  ― CS Lewis


Top 10 of 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20

These are the books our children chose for their top 10 out of 100 books. Keep in mind that some of these are actually books in a series and they count the whole series! Have you read these?

  1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  2. The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  4. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  5. Swallows & Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  6. Redwall by Brian Jacques
  7. The Trumpet of the Swan by EB White
  8. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  9. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  10. Watership Down by Richard Adams

Historical Fiction Books to Read before You Turn 20

This category includes books set in historical time periods which are about the life of that time. You’ll also find autobiographical fiction here, such at Little House on the Prairie.

Fantasy Books to Read before You Turn 20

As you can see by the length of this category, fantasy is a favorite of ours. Both of my teens and our younger two boys adore fantasy. Fantasy includes elements of magic such as talking animals and have “other world” settings or plot items.

Science Fiction Books to Read by the Time You Turn 20

Science Fiction is sort of a sub-genre of fantasy and dystopian novels are included in this category. The “other world” element has to do with a scientific breakthrough or invention that “changes everything” we know about the world.

Adventure Books to Enjoy before You Are 20

Blog, She Wrote: 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20

This category refers to the other general stories of adventure. You might disagree with some of the category references for the books, but this is how our teens chose to divide them up.

How to Grow Readers

Blog, She Wrote: The Ultimate Guide to Establishing a Reading Culture in Your Home

So, how do you get to the point of enjoying all these books with your students? Here are a few posts to help making reading a priority in your home.

The Ultimate Guide to Establishing a Reading Culture in Your Home- This is a collection of resources and ideas to help you build a reading culture in your home for toddlers and preschoolers through high school.

Organizing Your Homeschool Library- How do you organize all those books you want on hand as a homeschooler? Click through for some practical tips on how to organize and store the books.

Summer Reading Challenge without the Carrot & the Stick- It’s never too early to think about how to challenge your kids this summer. Or perhaps you are looking for ways to challenge your kids’ reading habits right now. Here are some tried and true ideas for engaging students with books- without the reward systems common to reading challenges.

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 39

Welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up for homeschooling middle & high school students.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #39

Can you believe it’s December? Seriously. Where has this year gone?

Whether your home school is on track for the year or you’re in the process of making some adjustments, we know that you’ll find what you need here. This community is just what busy homeschooling families need to know they aren’t alone

There are a lot of us schooling our older kids at home and the more we all share what is working and what isn’t working, the better we all become.

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12 Must Follow Facebook Pages for Homeschooling Middle School from Education Possible

Middle School Monday with Moe Man from Hopkins Homeschool

Homeschool Mom Confessions: My School at Home Burnout from Starts at Eight

50 Reasons Homeschooled Kids Love Being Homeschooled from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art

Blog, She Wrote: Winter Wonderland Mixed Media ClassThis post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!

What’s happening for art in your homeschool? How are things coming together for school between Thanksgiving & Christmas? We are so excited to see another mixed media class from Alisha at Flourish. We did the first course on Fall Mixed Media and it was delightful. Enjoy some Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art with Winter Wonderland Mixed Media this holiday season.

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Our High School Art Goals

Rebecca had some pretty clear ideas of what she wanted to see in her art program as she started high school. She will have four years of art instruction which we design by using lots of resources. We’ve enjoyed choosing the resources which help her to meet her goals. What are her goals?

  • receive art instruction
  • learn on her own with resources
  • try new techniques- continue to press the envelope on learning new things in art
  • practice techniques
  • have fun

The resources we have planned for this year I listed in September in a post on Plans for High School Art.

Blog, She Wrote: Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art

Reasons We Love the Mixed Media Video Courses

Both of us had a great time with the Fall Mixed Media class. Here are a few things:

  • Fun for Everyone- I had a great time joining in on some of the projects with Rebecca. She adored the time I spent and I found it to be very therapeutic!
  • Easy to Follow- The projects are explained well and the videos make them easy to try on your own.
  • Video Instruction- There’s no live class to fool with. You just watch the videos on your own time. You can pause and repeat anything you need to see more than once.
  • Mobile Devices- We accessed the videos from our Kindles which meant we could go anywhere and have class.
  • Fabulous Process- It was just plain fun! We had a great time working together and trying new art ideas.
  • Results- Were excellent and make lovely display pieces

Blog, She Wrote: Mixed Media Fun for Homeschool Art

The price for this class is $36 through November 30th. On December 1, 2014, the price returns to the regular price of $48.

You can access the course for a year after signing up, so don’t feel like you have to get everything in this season. You can get a head start for next year.

Join us for this new installment of mixed media art! We can’t wait for our first email on Monday, December 1st.


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