Books (for Boys) Books (for Girls) Books (for Moms)

Books for Boys 
(as gathered by Rachel Balducci's Instagram Readers)

Michael Vey series                                  Calvin and Hobbes (my addition, a family fave!)

Blake and Mortimer comics                    Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years (current fave)

Redwall                                                   Tin Tin Comics  

Lord of the Rings                                    Mike Lupica sports books

Narnia                                                      Gary Paulsen books

Percy Jackson                                          Raymond Arroyo's books

Tom Sawyer                                             Eragon series

Mysterious Benedict Society                   Wings of Fire

Freddy the Pig                                          Percy Jackson series

I Survived series                                       Land of Stories

Treasure Island                                         Dragons Love Tacos

Swiss Family Robinson                            Gregor the Overlander

Kidnapped                                                 Rangers Apprentice

Hardy Boys                                               Brotherband

The Green Ember                                      Rising Above

Hatchet                                                     100 Cupboard Series

My Side of the Mountain                         The Sign of the Beaver

Swallows and Amazons                            The Chronicles of Prydain

The Impossible Quest                               Peter Nimble

Books for Girls 
(as gathered by Rachel Balducci's Instagram Readers)

The Penderwicks                                         Boxcar Children

Nancy Drew                                                Thea Stilton

American Girl                                             Happy Hollisters

Trixie Belden                                              Betsy Tacy

The Bernadette Series                                 Lemony Snicket

The Land of Elyon                                      Indian in the Cupboard

Wingfeather Saga                                       Black Stallion

Ella Enchanted                                           Shadow Children series (my addition!)

Green Ember                                             Babysitters Club

Shoe books                                                Little House

Chime Travelers                                        Mary Poppins

Land of Stories                                         Meet the Austins

Doll People                                                The Littles

The Mitchells                                            Dear America Diaries

Ivy + Bean                                                 Mysterious Benedict Society

Ramona                                                      Narnia

Book Scavenger                                         Rising Above

Sisters Grimm                                            Judy Moody

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place        The Borrowers

All of a Kind Family                                  The Rescuers

The Princess and The Goblin                    E. Nesbit books

The Princess and Curdie                             Marguerite Henry horse books

The following book recommendations come to us by way of Jenny Uebbing at Mama Needs Coffee.  Please read her post here for more detailed descriptions about each of her picks, and thanks to Jenny for letting me repost them here!

Fiction lite (suitable for beach, plane ride, or mindless late-night consumption*)

Aspirational self improvement/business memoirs/human interest:
World War II novels set somewhere in Europe:
YA Lit that won’t make you want to scratch your eyes out: 
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Wonder by Rachel J. Palacio
Religious/Spiritual reads:
Borderline recs (proceed with caution depending upon sensitivity):

This list will constantly be added to as I get bloggers to share with me their book lists :) Also, I am an Amazon Affiliate which means that when you click through and buy with my links, you are helping my family get a teeny kickback at no cost to you.  Thanks for shopping!


  1. For World War 2, I loved A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. In fiction I loved A Father's Tale by Michael D. O'Brien.

  2. I would not group Kate Morton in with "lite reading". She's Historical Fiction and not lite at all. Excellent writer.


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