On last week's episode of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate's parenting podcast, I mentioned that this summer I've given my daughter Lyra a 100-book reading list...So I made up this list and told her the only thing I require of her this summer is that she needs to read 25 of them. (So far she's read about 15.)
The list is made up of a mix of classics and contemporary books, short stories and novels, plays and comics, literature and trash. Some of them are books I loved dearly when I was 14. (That's one reason there are so many dudes on the list.) Some of them are books that I'm pretty sure are way over Lyra's head. Above all, these are 100 books that I hope my particular 14-year-old girl will love, and that I hope will serve as a good grounding in the world of modern letters as she goes forward in her life.