Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Books I Wish Were Taught in Schools.
I honestly have no idea what books are being taught in school these days. And the ones that are going to make my list aren't all ones that were published when I was in school. Here goes...
- Code Name Verity & Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein - The subject is appropriate and moving.
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver - What awesome discussions the class could have over a world void of love!
- Partials/Fragments by Dan Wells - Also another one with great discussion topics that include impossible situations.
- This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (review coming soon) - Because if kids got to read about zombies in school, I think they'd be a lot more apt to read more, plus I think Courtney Summers writing was pretty lyrical in this one.
- The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein - Because there's so much symbolism. Teacher were always asking about symbolism--which I knew nothing about at that age. Plus it's like epic fantasy and would give them an excuse to watch the movies in class. BONUS!
- Anything Jane Austen - We read classics like Julius Caesar and Beowulf. I mean really? We couldn't read classics like Pride and Prejudice? I would have enjoyed that more--although I'm sure the guys would hate it.
- Harry Potter - I realize that this one is banned and I'm not going into the ridiculousness of that, but I think this would be a great tool for getting kids into reading as well. It would also be a great one for teaching foreshadowing and how to weave all of the aspects of the story into one cohesive masterpiece. Plus I totally think I could write a paper/essay on Professor Snape if I needed to--most awesome school assignment ever!
- Anything by Dave Ramsey - I think we send our kids out into society with no idea how to manage money.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - My 8th grade class was broken into two different classes, one class did Wuthering Heights the other did The Crucible. I was in "the other" category so I missed out on Wuthering Heights in school, but I totally wish that was one I had been forced to read. I still plan to, but it would be nice if it were behind me already.
- Speechless by Hannah Harrington - With as much as our kids deal with bullying, this is the best book I've read that deals with the subject. OR Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - I don't condone Hannah's suicide, but I do think it has a great message about considering how our actions have an affect on someone else and how you never know the battle someone else is fighting.
What books do you wish were taught in schools? Let me know!