During the next few weeks, we are excited to present a series of guest posts by B4U (aka Books 4 U). Their mom and I are long time friends and by extension, they are like a second family to us. These ladies are voracious readers and I have found their insight helpful in finding books for my kids. So this summer, I asked them if they would be willing to put together some lists of their favorite books to help other parents, grandparents, or friends looking for books for children, teens, and young adults. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of their favorite books, broken down by age groups. We’ll also include a post on selecting content and age appropriate Mangas and their favorites in classic literature. So without further ado, meet B4U!–Melissa Willis
The Leader: Moira is the oldest of six. She has been home-schooled all her life and is currently studying to be a midwife. Reading has always been a huge part of her life. When she was first starting to read, she asked her father how many books she was allowed to check out from the library. He made the mistake of telling her as many as she could carry. She has very strong arms to this day.
The Visual: Dylana has also graduated as a home-schooler. She is a comic artist working on several web comics (You can see her work on scarydestiny.deviantart.com). When she is not drawing, she enjoys reading a wide variety of genres including but not limited to: fantasy, sci-fi, classic horror, romance, steam punk, lots of children literature, and slice of life. Some of her favorite to this day, though, are books that will make her little brothers laugh when she reads to them.
The Mastermind: Claire is currently (pretty much) a Junior in High School (She is also home-schooled ☺). She is a gifted seamstress and doll maker. She started out her reading career stating adamantly, “I will never read again!” Needless to say, less than six months later she was reading everything she could find, including sweet and low packets. Her parents had to draw the line when her sisters started complaining about the books in their bed. She is currently working her way through a wide assortment of classics.
The Maknae: Idelle is the youngest girl in the family, but secretly has always felt she was meant to be in a higher position. She is known on most social media sites as the CrochetQueen (for good reason!). Her mother tells people that she practically taught herself to read when she was young(er) and enjoys reading fantasy, sci-fi, mysteries, comedy, fact books, and romance (lots and lots of romance! She has discovered Christian romance recently and hasn’t looked back!)
We are a family of six children. A long time ago our mother came to a realization that she could not read all the books we wanted to read before we read them so we were given some simple rules to follow. 1. If a book bothers us for any reason, stop reading. 2. If we are confused, feel free to bring it to our parents attention. 3. If an older sibling says not to read something, listen. We have further developed our own sense of what we should and shouldn’t read in the years since then. Here is a description of how we weed out books.
First and foremost if a book feels like it is insulting our intelligence or mocking our belief in our God, we don’t read the book. We don’t mind if the characters don’t believe in God. We just wont read a book that mocks our beliefs. We can usually figure out what agendas a book is going to push by looking at a few places. We read the section about the author, this lets us know sometimes whether an author will get into subjects or opinions that we don’t support. We also look on the back of the title page (the one with the copyright). It will sometimes include a more accurate summary and/or a list of subjects it touches on (this is used by libraries to classify it for their shelves). Some of the subjects we are cautious about are as follows: gender identity, feminism, woman’s (anything), religious (even if it is Christian we are still cautious because we have come across beliefs that are not biblical), social issues, relationships, and the list could go on but you get the idea. We don’t have a problem with fairies, witches, ghosts, or other fantasy or science fiction characters or creatures, but we will tell you if any book we suggest in our coming lists may contain these things in case you do have a problem with it.
We hope that you enjoy the books we recommend as much as we have enjoyed them over the years.