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Top 5 Fiction Books For Boys

Updated on October 13, 2014
Child reading at Brookline Booksmith
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Great Books For Tween Boys

What do you buy for the boy who has started "big" school?

These days he wants the latest electronic gizmo for his birthday/Christmas ...or already has it.

He probably has FIFA [insert latest year here] for Xbox or Playstation and more music CDs and MP3 tracks than you can shake an iPod at.

So what do you do?

Buy him a book, of course!

"But my boy simply hates books. He never reads anything", I hear you say.

Well, even boys who hate reading will enjoy these ones.

In this article, I will present the top 5 fiction books for boys.

Stories that are not only classics in their time, but each one has been personally 'vetted' and reviewed by my own son - and he should know: all words below are his own.

Once he has one of these babies in his hands, it might take a little while to persuade your growing wonder to actually open it, but when he does, I can virtually guarantee that he'll be hooked.

Read on to find out more.

Lord Of The Rings

The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings

One of the most gripping books I've ever read.

This story has a fantastic plot line and is full of detailed descriptions of Middle Earth.

It is a great fantasy novel and a compelling read about the never ending struggle between good and evil.

What will happen to the One Ruling Ring?

What will happen to the Ring Bearer?

What will be the fate of the Free Peoples of Middle Earth?

Will they be consumed by the growing shadow of darkness or is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

If there is a faint glimmer of hope, it rests on the shoulders of Frodo Baggins, who lives in the most peaceful and tranquil place in Middle Earth - the Shire...

A stark contrast to what he will be up against on his journey to destroy the One Ring.

 

Editor's Tip: While my son loves Lord of the Rings, it can be a challenging book for inexperienced readers.

Parent to parent, if your child is not so hot on the reading front, then you may find it better to introduce them to the Hobbit first.

The movies may also help too, if they are the right age and temperament.

They are faster paced than the books, and skip most of the poetic stuff that children (and adults) can get bogged down in.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit
The Hobbit

A stunning prequel to the trilogy The Lord Of The Rings.

The Hobbit tells the tale of life in Middle Earth many years before Frodo Baggins set out on his epic quest to destroy the Ring.

The story focusses on Frodo's uncle, Bilbo Baggins and his role in events.

The story starts with Bilbo going on an adventure with 13 dwarves and a wizard, in a bid to steal some gold from a dragon.

What happens next can only be described as amazing and the climax is equally thrilling.

Of course, with the third movie out soon, it's a hot topic and could help persuade your child to pick this one up.

 

The story starts with Bilbo going on an adventure with 13 dwarves and a wizard, in a bid to steal some gold from a dragon.

Dangerous Book For Boys
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Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Shadow
Shadow

This is the story of the friendship between two boys, one from England and the other from Afganistan.

A thought provoking look at different lives, in very different circumstances.

My son says, "A really good portrayal of how things are in a different country".

This book could be a good way to get your child to think outside of his own nation or culture - completely "outside the box".

 

Shadow is a really good portrayal of how things are in a different country

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Millions
Millions

All about a boy who really likes saints.

One day a bag containing a million pounds drops out of the sky into his back garden.

He and his brother keep it a secret and they think it will solve all their problems ... but it just makes them a whole lot worse...!

A very funny book!

 

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Cosmic
Cosmic

Liam is just an ordinary 12 year old boy.

Except that he is really tall and has stubble on his chin.

Everyone mistakes him for a grown up.

He poses as his friend's father and they get into some hilarious scrapes!

 

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Here are some books that didn't quite make it into our list.

They Didn't Make It!

Well, wouldn't you know it?

This is a Top 5 and my son couldn't quite decide which ones to go in it and which ones to leave out.

...So we'll just have to correct that and add some more "also ran" books.

So, without further ado, here are some books that didn't quite make it into our list.

They're still very good reads though.

The boy is back at school now, so I'll get some more words from him after he has finished his homework!

Toilet of Doom: A Jiggy McCue Story
Toilet of Doom: A Jiggy McCue Story

Jiggy McCue and his friends have an online encounter with a game named after the eponymous toilet.

However, Jiggy and Angie then find themselves swapping roles in a very literal way, with more hilarious consequences.

Hmm....

Almost teenage boys + a book about a toilet ....

I think we're onto a winner here!

 
War Horse
War Horse

Michael Morpurgo's most famous book.

Critically acclaimed, with both a movie and stage play of the same name.

If you haven't read it yet, where have you been all this time?

 

Comments please

Do you like our selection?

Or do you hate them all?

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @CalobrenaOmai: That's a good idea, but this list was put together by my son, so it's very much his opinion, not mine!

      He does still like Lego toys, games and books, but I'm expecting him to grow out of them (mostly) in the next couple of years.

      He was the same as your nephew, wanting to read factual books, so the idea of this list was to represent some of the books that encouraged him to read more fiction.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

      I was surprised that a Lego series book didn't make the list. You the ones like the Bionicle series. Those would make for good reads too; I'm referencing Gen 1 Bionicle heroes. This is an interesting list though some of the books may prove a bit difficult for some to get through. All I have is a nephew and he seems more interested in documentaries and books on animals.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @howardmonte1: Thanks!

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      howardmonte1 3 years ago

      Really like your lens!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Belva Boggs: I'm sorry to hear that, it must be frustrating at times.

      Reading aloud sounds like a good way forward - as you say, whatever works.

      There's a real skill to reading aloud and being able to keep people's attention, so I think you are doing really well.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Belva Boggs 4 years ago

      My son is 9 and hates to read. He has ADHD and can't seem to sit still long enough to get through even a few chapters. He will, however, sit and let me read Junie B. Jones to him - whatever works I guess. Thanks for the book selection above. I hope one day he finds reading is a blessing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i like your selection, but I believe letting kids do the picking is good too

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @heytoto: You're welcome - glad you found our list helpful!

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      Karen Kolavalli 4 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      Nice! I like that you let your son pick out the books! Thanks for the head's up about Shadow by Michael Morpurgo--I'll be sure to check it out.

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      PippiDust 4 years ago

      I love fiction books and you have great selection here.

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      amal-jose-37 4 years ago

      great lens looks like my squidlike is over!!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Thanks for visiting!

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Personally my favorite from the list above is The Lord Of The Rings. Especially I liked the movie. Other book also look interesting... Nice lens..

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @anonymous: Glad to hear it!

      Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love to read and so do my kids.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @fifinn: You're welcome.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @steadytracker lm: No, I've not read it - thanks for the recommendation.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @PatrickHayes76: You're welcome!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @rattie lm: Thanks for dropping by and for your recommendation.

      I've not heard of that book before, so will have to look it up!

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Have you ever read the Book of Swords. After I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, a friend suggested I check them out and they were excellent. Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      The only ones on your list I've read are the Tolkien books. It's always great to have some good suggestions for boys' books. Thanks!

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      PatrickHayes76 4 years ago

      Thank you for the great book ideas for boys. I have two who are getting to the right age for some of these. Great lens.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      Great choices, but as a teacher, On of the best in my opinion is 'The Inventions of Hugo Cabret'. An absolutely spell-binding read. Kids love it.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @vanthang012: You're welcome.

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      vanthang012 4 years ago

      Thank you

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @HughSmulders LM: Glad you found the article useful.

      Thanks for reading.

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      HughSmulders LM 4 years ago

      Now I'll know how to make my brother sit calm and read.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @steadytracker lm: You're welcome.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @KateFeredayEshete: You're welcome!

      I think one of Tolkien's strengths is that his books are as good to read aloud as they are to read to yourself.

      Glad you found something new too.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @longlakelifestyle: Thank you!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @mel-kav: I think you should! ;)

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @sierradawn lm: Thanks for reading and for your recommendations: classics for today.

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      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      Great lens on reading. I love to read and so do my kids. Thank you for sharing this list.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Good Selection - loved The Hobbit !

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      Kate Fereday Eshete 4 years ago from Ethiopia

      Everyone knows J R R Tolkien's masterpieces, and my parents read both to me as a child. 'The Hobbit' is probably the book I've read the most times in my life. I think boys would love it. Most people know Michael Morpurgo, but I must admit I hadn't heard of 'Shadow'. I have several Morpurgo books ready for when my children are more fluent readers. But you surprised me with Frank Cottrell Boyce - I'd never heard of this author. He's obviously one to look out for - thanks for highlighting his books.

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      longlakelifestyle 4 years ago

      I have two boys aged 9 and 7. This is a perfect list.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Nice lens. The Hobbit is great. It's been a long time since I have read it. I might have to refresh my memory by reading it again.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Lord of the Rings & the Hobbit are top of the list reading for everyone! Great Lens! I have not read the other books but now that you have introduced them, I will. My favorite books to recommend for boys are Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Fin.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @rbnewman55: Glad you agree ...and yes, you should read LOTR and the Hobbit as soon as possible! :)

      Thanks for reading!

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      rbnewman55 4 years ago

      Just finished a lens on this subject. I never read any of the books you mentioned (yeah, I should have read Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit) but I'm with you about getting them to read these kinds of books.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Aibrean82: Glad you like our list.

      Enjoy!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      I so wish I had read The Hobbit as a child! I read it for the first time when I was 21, and I just know I would have enjoyed it even more when I was little. I used to love adventure books!

      I really like look of this collection, and will keep it in mind even though I have no children... yet.

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      Nice lens, thank you very much for sharing!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @JaspinderKaur: Thanks!

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      JaspinderKaur 4 years ago

      Great lens.good collection.

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Good lense,atch back later your updates!!thx for sharing!!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @SavioC: Thanks for reading!

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      By the looks of it I guess Shadow looks the book I would like to read and probably gift to my nephew who sometimes would look down upon people from developing countries. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Diana Wenzel: I agree wholeheartedly.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @shellys-space: Well, my son thinks so! ;)

      Thanks for reading.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I love that you are focusing on books for boys. It's one of the most important things we can give them (a love for literacy). These are books that should be very appealing. My brother always loved the Tolkien novels. Congrats on your feature and Purple Star!

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      mina009 4 years ago

      I had read the lord of the rings when a teen and at the time it felt fascinating!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce sounds terrific!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Loved The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings. Shadow sounds like a good book.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @SheGetsCreative: I've not heard of The Outsiders before - I'll have to look it up.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice selection - when my oldest was around this age his liked The Outsiders.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @CaztyBon: Thanks!

      Glad you like Tolkien too but then, who doesn't?

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I love Tolkien myself I found his books great. Gongrats on the Purple Star!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @ChristyZ: Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      This is a terrific list of books for boys!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @OhMe: You're welcome!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I will have to share these titles with my grandson. Thanks

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @ChocolateLily: You're welcome!

      I know lots of people put off by the size of LOTR, but it's so worth it.

      The movies are great, but the books are even better!

      You could always start with Fellowship of the Ring and see how it goes.

      A Sam says, "come on Mr Frodo, let's just make it down the hill for starters"!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @GirlUHeardItFrm: Sounds like your Dad knew what he was doing!

      What a great idea - I will have to use that one myself!

      Thanks for reading.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @knysna: Thanks for dropping by!

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      I've read, listened to, and watched The Hobbit. I've never read Lord of the Rings (seen the movies, though,) but I may one of these days. I have never heard of the others, but will keep them in mind if we ever have a son. Thanks for sharing!

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      knysna 4 years ago

      great lens, I will get my son to take a look as he loves reading

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      GirlUHeardItFrm 4 years ago

      I remember my brother and my dad bonding over The Hobbit when we were kids. Dad handled getting us into the slower starting books by reading them aloud at first and stopping at a "good" part. When he stopped we had to know what happened!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @BrownEyedGirl69: Thanks for reading - glad you liked it.

      Hope your son enjoys whichever books you get him!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @SamanthaHaupt: Thanks for reading our article, Samantha.

      I can heartily recommend Lord of the Rings: it's a bit slower to start than The Hobbit, but once it gets going it takes a hold of you and won't let go!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @kerbev: Glad you found our list helpful.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @anonymous: Thanks very much - I'll be sure to pass on your encouragement to my son!

      Glad you enjoyed it.

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Shadow sounds great. I'll have to check that one out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very well written article wih a great selection of books. I think that you and your son did a fantastic job. Keep on writing!

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      I love The Hobbit, it's a great book - and movie! I've never read Lord of the Rings, but I have seen the movie and I'm a big fan. Guess I'll have to add it to my reading list! Nice lens.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      Love the Lens! My son is the same when it comes to books! He also has and wants every new electronic gizmo out! I will have to get a couple of these books for him to read. He read Hunger Games last year and loved it once he started. It's the "getting him started" that's the problem! Thanks for the great lens!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @darkflowers: Thanks!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Nice selection, well done!

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      Tim Bader 4 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @tonyaalves3: Thanks for letting me know!

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      I have a teen boy and I love your selections.