Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Here are my picks for this week’s theme.
Do Hard Things
Having high expectations for ourselves is one of the best ways to grow as a person. It’s also a quality severely lacking these days. Do Hard Things is a great book, a life-changing book, and one I think everyone should read.
This well-written story breathes life into the early years of the American Revolution. Johnny Tremain rightly earned the Newberry Medal. The story, moral issues, and characters are complex and bring you face to face with the dilemmas of that time.
Living by the Book
This life-changing book provides a method to reading and understanding the Bible.
Of all the books on the list, this one is the most difficult to read. But it’s also the most rewarding.
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
The illustrations in this book are stunning, and the miraculous story is just as amazing. It tells of Squanto’s life, his being kidnapped and sold as a slave when he was a boy, then making his way back to America, finding tragedy there and starting a new life, and finally aiding the Pilgrims in a desperate hour.
Journey to Freedom
I love a good old fashioned adventure story, and this one fits the bill. Morris delivers a swashbuckling story full of heroism, adventure, and courage.
Independence Hall (I, Q # 1)
I would include the entire I,Q series in this spot on the list. These books are great for learning about different parts of the country, not to mention they’re incredibly fun to read. In his writing, Smith is a master at sleight-of-hand, much like the main character in this series.
The Hobbit is a great story, and you certainly can’t read The Lord of the Rings without reading The Hobbit first. And see what’s next on the list?
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
LOTR is perhaps the best work of fiction I have ever read. What an epic story of courage in the face of overwhelming difficulty. These stories abound with truths for real life.
The Door in the Wall
I first read this book years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. It’s set in the Middle Ages and is about a boy who loses the use of his legs. He goes on journey to find his parents, and he learns determination and perseverance along the way.