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Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught in Schools


Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught in Schools

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was either “Top 10 Contemporary Books That Would Be Great Paired With A Required Reading Book” (like Perks of Being A Wallflower with Catcher in the Rye) OR “Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools” and I decided to go with the latter! This is my first Top Ten Tuesday and I’m excited to dive right in so let’s go! (In no particular order)

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I’m sure this is going to be on lists everywhere but I HAD to include it! As one of the best books I’ve ever read it would be a great choice just to showcase the best books have to offer! There are hard realities showcased, a beautiful relationship to discuss and the meaning/purpose of life could certainly be examined using TFiOS. Class – English

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – Another easy choice for me, Divergent would be a perfect book for examining alternative ways of living and different cultures. Differing values and priorities as well as a fabulously constructed dystopian world are all available for discussion. Class – English or Social Studies (World Cultures)

3. Splintered by A.G. Howard – The best fairy tale retelling I’ve ever read. If this isn’t a perfect example of how to take one story and turn it on its head than I don’t know what is. Have the students recreate a classic (or part of it since classics are REALLY FREAKING LONG most of the time) and lesson plan done for a couple weeks. Class – English

4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan – You want an easy example for discussing acceptance, lifestyles, different perspectives or just plain great writing? This is it. Need a book for GLBTA discussions? Got you covered. Class – English or Sociology

5. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – This book is amazing, as is Gladwell and I’m sure it already is being used by some freaking awesome teachers but it could be used by way more. It’s all about how the mind works, instant decision making and perception. It’s also a ton of fun to read. Class – Psychology

6. Jim Cramer’s Stay Mad For Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich by Jim Cramer – While the title sounds like a bogus self-help book, the material within is anything but. Cramer has tv show (Jim Cramer’s Mad Money) that is hilarious but informative and this book is just as solid in both categories. Mad for Life is the best choice out of his books for students because it is applicable for those of any age group and it covers everything about the stock market with the average person in mind. Class – Economics

7 & 8. Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz & Insomnia by J. R. Johansson – I group these together because they are both great for the same reason. While Lucid uses multiple perspectives and Insomnia uses only one they both examine alternate (Lucid) or twisted (Insomnia) reality and what happens to a person’s mind when exposed to that type of reality too much. In both cases something has to give and Lucid and Insomnia are brilliantly written so they’d be enjoyable reads to boot. Class – English or Psychology

9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – It’s more of a MG read than YA but I think it would be a perfect way for students to get excited about mythology. I loved all the different mythologies in high school naturally but some people might need an extra push and who better to give them one than Riordan? The Lightning Thief is beloved by just about every book blogger so I don’t think I need to say more. Class – Social Studies (World History or any class incorporating mythology)

10. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman – This was actually assigned to me, though I forget whether it was for high school or college, and I am so thankful that it was. At the time I read the two separate pieces but this is nicely in one package and still not too long (296 pages). If you don’t know this is a graphic novel about a survivor of the Holocaust. It’s beautifully done and I recommend it to anyone. Class – English or Social Studies (World History – specifically WWII)

So those are my ten books that I wish were taught in schools! What is your top ten list for this week? Did you choose this theme or the 10 contemporary books or something different altogether? Let me know! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Waiting on Wednesday #9

Waiting On Wednesday hosted by Breaking The Spine

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Insomnia (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson

Set For Release On: June 8, 2013 

Summary From Goodreads:

It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.

Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.

Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.

Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?


Can you believe this is a freaking debut?! When I found out about Insomnia during a twitter chat (as well as a bunch of other fantastic debuts) I had to pre-order it immediately. My initial reaction to the summary was “this seems like the reverse of David Levithan’s Every Day with a darker edge to it, awesome!” so that’s already a step in the right direction don’t you think? Now thinking about it there are some similar elements here to Ethan’s character in The Brightest Kind of Darkness series, so that’s another potential parallel for you. I guess I’ve been reading a bunch of mind-bender type books lately, I can’t wait to read this one too! By the way, I don’t do this in my WoW posts normally, but if you want to pre-order this like I did it is available on Amazon for only $5.55!

Does Insomnia appeal to you? Do you already have it pre-ordered or will you now for that crazy low price? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! :)