My dad and his sisters were avid readers when they were kids (and still are). My grandmother kept a lot of their old books (mostly old Nancy Drew mysteries), and when my siblings and I would visit her, we would always have something to read. My sister and I were voracious readers; it didn't matter that these books were 25 or 30 years old. We enjoyed the books, and what was even more special was that they belonged to our dad and aunts.
It got me thinking - what books from my personal collection would I want to save and pass down to the next generation? What books do I love enough or think are important enough to keep for any future children, nieces, or nephews? They don't necessarily have to be classics. Maybe they're popular books today that could become classics for the next generation, or maybe it's just a book that I loved.
I know they could just go to the library and they'll probably all be reading e-books by then, but I like the idea of my younger relatives coming over someday, picking out a book from my shelves, and settling down for a read. So what books do I envision them reading? There are a particular few that I know I would want to hang onto for them (trying to take into account various ages):
Harry Potter series: I think this one is obvious. These books are already modern-day classics. JK Rowling has created something magical and timeless, and I think everyone should read these books.
I Capture the Castle and Jacob Have I Loved: Both of these are coming-of-age stories, although with different feels to them. One is a bit quirky and the other is more atmospheric.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe: I first read this as an adult, but it's obviously suitable for all ages. I would love to see my niece get enthralled by Narnia!
A Treasury of Best-Loved Fairy Tales: What kid doesn't love fairy tales? The sheer number of fairy tales in this anthology and relatively short length of each one makes it perfect for kids.
My leather-bound Shakespeare collection: It's arguably the nicest book I own. It's just a beautiful book, and I think everyone should read at least a little Shakespeare (when they're a bit older - I would hate to see this book go to waste!).
What books from your collection would you want to pass down to the next generation? What's your favorite book, and would you pass that book down? Do you have any books from older relatives?