Twilight is the first "group" reading book that I remember with my daughter (discounting picture books).
She wanted to read it because everyone her age was reading it, but I started it TWICE and couldn't get through the first chapter (I used to have this thing against first person point of view that I have since learned to ignore, because most teen fiction is first person). Anyway, my daughter convinced me to rent the movie, we watched it, and then she wanted to read it. So I relented. We didn't read it aloud together, but we each read it and talked about it. She's now 15 and we still do this. I try to read many (but not all) of the books she reads. Here's why:
- Because I think it's important to know what she's reading to understand where she is in life
- Because I like know what she's reading and why
- Because it creates on ongoing conversation about story, culture, and life that I hope will extend beyond teen fiction and into life
For the same reason, I would add Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan and Harry Potter by JK Rowling to the list, because those are the series I read with my son.
I want to have a relationship with my kids long after they've graduated and moved out. Books are important to me and important to them. This is one way to keep the conversation and the relationship active.