The list author says: "My 12 year old daughter will pass on any activity if she has a good book. She prefers reading to TV and spends at least 2 hours (on weekends up to 6) a day with her nose in a book. If a book doesn't grab her, she won't bother finishing it. If she loves it, we hear all about it! We are constantly on the search for great books. The list has several series books in it, a bonus when you find a good one! Also, my daughter's tastes run towards fantasy..which seems to be pretty common at this age. I have included only books that her favorite reading buddies have also loved."
"At this point the Harry Potter books occupy a pedestal in our house. We have read them aloud a a family and my daughter has read them all a couple of times. They were the first books she truly feel in love with and all others are judged on the standard they set."