Books for Boys that this Girl Loved

Great reading list for teens that are boy friendly. These reads are great for both boys and girls.

Even though I totally love my girly books I also appreciate a good boy friendly read. Today’s Top Ten with Broke and the Bookish is a free for all see all the posts here. Since I have so many friends who are moms of little boys I wanted to make a list that would be good for boys and girls alike. I don’t have a ton so if you know of some good reads for the men-folk I’d love you to share your suggestions in the comments. As always if you want to be book buddies on Goodreads, hit me up and you can see my full reviews for each there.

Airman by Eoin Colfer – This is one of my favorite books that I read last year. It’s a story of survival and character. This is by the guy who wrote all the Artemis Fowl books which I also highly recommend for the boys, they are good fun but I like this stand alone book even better.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan – I love theses books. A dyslexic boy that learns he’s a demigod? Great strong characters and lots of adventures. I love the following series The Heroes of Olympus and Riordan’s Kane Chronicles which is a similar tale with Egyptian mythology instead of the great is also fun but in my opinion not nearly as strong as the Percy Jackson and Heroes books.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I’d save this for the high school or even grown kids. It’s like a Willy Wonka meets 80’s fandom meets video games. I’m not sure if the 80’s stuff would be annoying for a young crowd but this is perfect my older boys like say my hubby and his friends. Once you get into the story though I think even if you don’t get all the fun 80’s references the adventure and game is really fun.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Even though it’s a girl’s point of view I’ve seen many a man person really enjoy these books.

Ender’s Game and then the Shadow books by Orson Scott Card – yeah I know these are on almost every one of my lists. But I love these books. I’ve read them so many times and they are awesome for boys.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – These are in the same boat as the Ender’s Shadow books for me. Pretty much perfection. So much fun, so many great ideas, characters and life lessons.

Legend by Marie Lu – Lots of fun an action. Two characters seemingly on two different sides book fighting for what’s right.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – A classic story of boys left to fend for themselves after a plane crashes on an island and all that ensues. If you or your boy haven’t already had to read this for school I highly recommend it.

The Incarceron Books by Catherine Fisher – Like the Hunger Games the main character is a girl but this is still really fun for the boys too. It’s an interesting and different kind of story. Great for thoughtful readers that like philosophical puzzles and concepts.

The Witches by Roahl Dahl – Another good one for the younger readers. A fun tale with a spin on your traditional witch.

What other books would you add?
I’ve heard that these are good for the boys by I haven’t read them myself but let me know if you have and what you think.

The Maze Runner, The Giver, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Lord of the Rings, Dune, Eragon, Holes.

For all my friends always asking what books are good for their boys. Girls will like these too but they aren't too feminine or romance driven. Great teen reads


  1. I really like your list and find it very helpful. I am always looking for more and exciting books to recommend to boys.

    I want to read Legend. My students have been enjoying it. And I have Ready Player One on my list of books to order. As a high school librarian I hope that my students like it.

  2. Great picks. I think your idea was awesome and I have to say I have read many of those and loved them! I am a fan of all the Harry Potter books however they get kinda dark after the 4th. Percy Jackson was also really good. I enjoyed The Hunger Games as well but liked Divergent better. I read The Witches and Lord of the Flies in school and they were just okay. I would suggest Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta .
    I also picked a different Top Ten then what was scheduled. I decided to do My Top Ten on Reformed Rakes ! Hope you enjoy.
    Amanda @ Sisters Unedited

  3. Ooo, fun list! I completely agree, I LOVE Legend and the entire Percy Jackson series (all Rick Riordan’s YA/MG are fantastic, actually) – and HP and HG, of course.

    I would recommend the Erec Rex series – I don’t hear about it often, but I really enjoyed it! Definitely on the MG side, but it’s so much fun and such an adventure.

    My Top Ten [Book Things I Want To Do]

  4. I wrote an entire post on just this topic:

  5. Ooh, I wonder if I could get the boyfriend to read Ready Player One – I bet he would like it. I actually haven’t read half of this list – I read Legend, The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter (duh) and loved them! Maybe I should pick up the rest!

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  6. It’s too funny that we both did similar topics and we both have Legend and THG on our list! :) I hear Ready Player One is a great book and my sister actually bought it for her husband to read, I don’t think he’s gotten around to it yet. He’s a big gamer so instead of reading he’s playing video games, lol. Great list!

  7. I read the HUNGER GAMES trilogy over the last week so I can recommend it for males, even thought it’s from a girl’s POV. LORD OF THE RINGS is definitely a boy-friendly series. In fact, when I was younger, I was surprised to hear of girls that enjoyed it.

  8. Thanks, that’s very helpful! My boyfriend is not really the reading type, but sometimes, he likes to read a book on vacation. This will definitely help me recommending more books to him :)

    And I love how HP seems to fit everyone!

  9. Great choices! My inner nerd loved Ready Player One. I’ve really got to pick up the Percy Jackson series one of these days.

    Thanks for stopping by our Top Ten!

  10. I must read Airman. It’s sitting on my shelf and I love the Artemis Fowl novels. I loved the first two Percy Jackson books so I need to get my butt in gear and read the rest!

  11. What a great list. Sometimes it’s hard to suggest books for boys, especially if they are reluctant readers.
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

  12. I love percy jackson. I need to finish the series and see what happens. In my opinion I read books geared towards boys just to get a fresh take. Most YA is in a female prespective and its good to mix it up. Great list! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Liz

  13. Fun idea for a TTT! As for suggestions, my husband, who IS NOT A READER (I know, how could I marry him! lol) absolutely loved Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I talked him into reading them after he begrudgingly read The Hunger Games and LOVED it. He actually said that Insurgent may be his favorite book ever. It’s got strong, but not mushy relationships and action galore! Definitely a good read for the boys as well as us gals! (shameless plug… I’m giving away a signed copy of Insurgent on my blog, so if any of those parents of boys want to enter to win a copy, send them over) :)

  14. Love these books! Percy Jackson, Enders Game, Ready Player one. Awesome choices. Though I don’t think they were really written for boys :) I don’t think books are really written for a specific sex, they’re just books. for everyone!

  15. Great list! I have a nephew in the tween category that loves to read! It’s funny that we enjoy pretty much the same books. :) Have to share this list with him!

  16. What a great post idea! And I would totally agree with a lot of your choices! I feel like a great adventure can appeal to both boysand girls!

    Thanks for stoppin by my blog!

  17. I’m glad you all are pushing Divergent it’s one of my all time favorites. I didn’t put it on my list because I have a friend who whined about some of the romance but I agree it’s great for boys and my husband is 100 pg from finishing it and he likes it and didn’t mind the romance at all :)

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