Investing Time In The Ones That Call Me Mom (Part 1 of 4)

The Mother/Daughter Reading Challenge

As a mother of multiple children, I will admit that I feel guilty sometimes with the one on one time I invest into my kids. We are always together as a family but all my kids need that individual time with me too.  I have really tried to pin point their passions and invest time in those specific desires for each child. I feel torn in many directions but this year I have made a plan to find a passion for each of my children and devote time to that specific element with them. This particular article focuses on my oldest child.  Blue Eyes is an avid reader and this year we decided to start a reading challenge together.

We chose some of our favorite categories from previous book challenges and split the list in half. She was given half of the list and I was left with the other half. We will read the same books on the list giving us more to discuss than how unfair the world is in the eyes of teenage girl. (Anyone who has a teen understands that this is just par for the course and as mothers we just have to embrace this little right of passage.)

The idea of this challenge is to select books that I know she may not read but will challenge her.  I want the books she has selected to given me insight into the world of a teenage girl. (I apparently forgot what it is like to be both a teenager and girl…or so I have been told.)  Let’s be real; the books a sixteen year old reads will vary greatly from what I read, although I did pick a few YA books in my choices to show Blue Eyes I am adaptable.

My List

Autobiography:  Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow

Fairy tale book:  September Girls by Bennett Madison

Classic 20th century book:  Slaughter House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Book that takes place on an island:  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

First book by an author:  Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Sci-fi:  Origins by Mark Henrickson

Book one hundred years older than myself:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A fictional novel based around a particular sport:  You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

My favorite book I picked for my daughter to read:  The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

Blue Eye’s List

A fictional book based around animals:  Promise Of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst

A book based on Greek Mythology-fiction:  The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Sun in the title:  The Sun is Also a Star By Nicola Yoon

A fictional book based around food:  The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

A characters name in the title:  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Biography on a world leader:  Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy by Donald Kagen

A non-fiction book:  The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy

A how to book:  A book on becoming a Drum Major (Presently we are researching because the one she picked at first was one thousand dollars.)

A book picked by my daughter for me to read:  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

When it comes to Blue Eyes and the massive amount of reading she does, I try to find a fine line between giving her a wide range of choices, yet limiting her in the items that a sixteen-year-old should avoid reading.  Anyone with a teenage daughter will understand what I mean when I say, “Picking my battles.”

In the end, we may not get to all of the eighteen books that we have picked for each other to read on this list because her plate is heavy with school and I have a couple different reading challenges going on myself. However, the point of this is spending time and for myself as a mother to invest in those passions that are truly important to my children.


Just a few books we have collected for the reading challenge so far.



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