One of the perks of being jobless is having more downtime, and with that, going back to my first love– reading. If initially I tried to come up with my own reading list for this blog (most of the books I was not able to start, let alone, finish), this time, I’d like to come up with a reading list for my son (and his would-be siblings) to start reading when they turn five (okay, maybe 7). Seriously though, I may not be able to dictate my children’s preferences, and, God-forbid, the possibility of indifference towards the printed word, I still hope that some day, they find joy in reading some of these titles I’ve compiled.
1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Boa constrictors, baobabs, toilets, foxes, rose gardens, a tippler, tiny planets, a lamp lighter — such a vast world (worlds) for a small book. If there’s one important lesson in life I that I learned from this book is to clean one’s toilet before heading out to clean other people’s. I want my kids to be able to embark on this literary adventure and come back realizing that the very important things in life remain to be those that are fundamental. I also think that given the illustrations, this would make a fun read.
2. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
This coming-of-age novel defies what’s prim and proper among classics. Even though I have lost count as to how many times I’ve read this, every single time is a new experience with different revelations. Holden Caufield made “lost” and “confused” somewhat fascinating, and that’s what makes this book one of a kind. Although this generation has “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” to relate with, it’s the timelessness of Catcher that, for me, makes it a better read (and I think some people agree with me that the Perks may have been influenced by Catcher). Also, Despite the dark themes, it remains poignant and heartbreaking to a point, and it’s because of these things that my kids would have to reach a certain level of maturity first before I let them read this.
3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Another fetching little book, this made me appreciate animals (bipeds and on all-fours) even more, not to mention, the parallelisms between life and religion. How a young boy’s seemingly impossible journey can inspire us to start our own story Thanks to Ang Lee’s screen adaptation, more and more people will get to experience the magic that is Piscine Molitor Patel. I hope my kids get to read this first before they see the movie.