Book Talk – books about families with four children

Do you ever wonder if you are subconsciously drawn to certain types of books? Well of course you are! But sometimes the patterns of what you choose don’t become apparent right away.

I asked myself the same question last week, after finishing (and loving) yet another story about a family with four children. What’s the connection? I’m the youngest of four children and I’m also the mother of four children. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I have read so many books with the same number dynamic.

But I’ve also read many books about other size families and other subjects besides, so maybe this isn’t stat-worthy. Just something fun to think about.

Here’s a list of some of my more recent 4-children reads:


A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


Text Me, Love Mom by Candace Allan

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin


The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Tommy’s Mommy’s Fish by Nancy Dingman Watson

Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk

What types of books are you “subconsciously” drawn to? 😉

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29 thoughts on “Book Talk – books about families with four children

    1. Oh that’s a good one! I was thinking about including Jane Eyre which has 3 siblings and a cousin but I thought maybe that was a stretch. Thanks for stopping by, Robbie. Read on! 😀

  1. I’m also from a family of four – I’m third in the pecking order. The books that most often draw me are anything supernatural or that include magic. I probably needed those supernatural powers when I was growing up!

  2. Mmm, interesting, I’m the youngest of three – I should go and check if my reading also errs on the side of families with three children.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Hi Stephanie – yes – my all time favorite book, Youngblood Hawke, is also about a writer who makes it big in New York. It’s his lady friend who has 4 kids! Journalists in stories is also a good storyline – so much news to work into a plot. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    1. Hi Jill, I have to admit I didn’t know what HEA was but I looked it up and now I can live happily ever after!

      I like some, but not all memoirs, but family dramas are also definitely my thing. Thanks for stopping in to chat!

  3. Interesting thoughts, Barbara! My reading tastes are so eclectic I wouldn’t say I’m drawn to any particular type of book … having said that I’m just reading ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ but also recently finished a Gothic Mystery set in Prague and a factual medical book ‘This is going to hurt’.

    1. Hi Annika! Thanks for stopping by to join the conversation. I think it’s great to read all over the place, but I do tend to gravitate to a certain type of fiction. I try to mix it up throughout the year, though, and I’m always pleased when I read and like something different. I hope you’re enjoying Little Fires Everywhere. My book club meets tonight to discuss it! Happy Winter – brrr!

  4. Barb, are any of these particularly good for teens (13-15)? I am always looking for books for the daughters of some friends of ours….

  5. Hi Noelle, I’m not sure – I’d say Little Fires Everywhere and A Spool of Blue Thread for a mature 15-year-old would be okay. Youngblood Hawke is my all-time-favorite, but it’s very long and may not appeal to teenagers for that reason but also because it’s set in the 1950s. Hope this helps – thanks for reading!

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