Top Ten Tuesday is a Weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week a topic is given and we have to reply with ten answers.
This Week’s Question: Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools
This week we had a kind of choice between 2 very similar questions, as i live in the UK, our english classes are taught slightly differently to those in America and other places. I did read more, but the only two actual books i remember having to read were “Hard Times” by Charles Dickens, ‘Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and “Taming of the Shrew” by good old Shakespeare. Therefore i have chosen to go with books i wish were taught in schools as the books that i may have said were taught in schools, will be different to others.
Therefore with no more hesitation:
Fifty Shades of Grey… No i’m only joking 😛
10. Girls in Love series by Jacqueline Wilson
This series of books may seem a bit strange, however i remember reading these and the books actually dealt with a lot of topics that are useful for teenagers. It includes the topics ‘boyfriends/girlfriends’, older men(/women), eating disorders, sex, date-rape and drinking. However it introduces these in a way not to traumatising for children, but in a way they are informed. I think these would be great books for children as young as 11 though would maybe not be suitable for those over 16.
9. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
I loved this series growing up, as in adored it, the topic of human modification, through genetic engineering and other means is going to get a lot more discussion in the coming years. As a scientist i am fully aware of the fact that many people aren’t comfortable with this topic, this book is a good way to start more debate into the matter. Granted i don’t think the sort of experiments done here will ever happen in real life, at least i really really hope not. But nevertheless, i do think these would be a good series to introduce to young people.
8. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
I read this book when i was about 12 years old and it shocked me, i grew up on a little island with little diversity, however my aunt lives in Texas so i’ve been over there a few times. I just couldn’t understand why someone would discriminate against others due to factors like race. I think this would be a really good book to introduce to people at a young-ish age to just show them the sort of severity discrimination could lead to. I really enjoyed this entire series and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read them before.
7. Belle by Lesley Pearse
It set in the past, which English teachers seem to like, and it shows some of the harsh conditions people had to live in. It’s not suitable for younger age groups, but for GCSE’s (years 10-11) (American Freshman and Sophomore?) it might be good to read. Plus it’s beautifully written, i really enjoyed this book.
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Yes as mentioned before this was taught at my school and at the time i hated it, but thinking back i do think it was a good book to be taught and it is fairly interesting, plus it lets you learn words like “microcosm” which make you sound clever 🙂 (i probably just spelt that wrong of something now i’ve said that so sorry)
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Love this book, would be good to have a Dystopian novel for debate about the world and blah blah, again a different genre to what you normally get.
4. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
We grow up learning different fairy tales, it would be nice to see some of the origins, though you would have to monitor which age groups read parts of this book. Also i don’t necessarily mean the whole thing, just some of the tales.
3. A Harry Potter Book by J.K. Rowling
I’m not too fussy on which one, though i prefer some to others, but seeing how big Harry Potter has become, it would be nice to cover it in class and maybe pick out why this book became so popular. (Side note: at my uni, my friend did a whole module this year on Harry Potter, she does English Lit, if you can do it at uni, why not at High School?)
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
They always talk about reading a good range of books, however they only really seem to focus on classics and normal fiction, it would be nice to have a fantasy book thrown into the mix to show us the differences within the genres.
Also…i like this book.
1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
This book covers the back story of the Wicked Witch of the West, but from her perspective, why did she end up the way she did?
I love this book and think that the way it’s written is very well done, also the book could be used for debating topics within the class, overall i think this would be a good book to read for school :).
I may have taken this post a bit too literally and maybe i should have just put up books i enjoy and not particularly a reason so sorry if i’ve mucked this up.
Thanks for reading,