Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish! You can join the fun too by hopping over to the site and checking out their post!
I really love today’s topic! I can’t wait to see what your picks are too!
The Top Ten Books Teens Should be Required to Read:
1The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I’m not sure what reading level this book would be appropriate at, but I think this novel would really make kids think about violence and our society’s acceptance of it. Also, I think group discussions about this book from a teen’s perspectives would be really interesting to hear!
2A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle- This book is one of my first forays into the fantasy world, and it’s so good and wholesome and fun. Plus, I think it goes deeper than some YA books, which makes it all the more required-reading-worthy.
3Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt- Love, love love this book! It’s so sweet and poignant. This book offers the most realistic representation of “living forever” that I’ve ever read.
4Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- I’m not sure I really need to qualify this… It’s only one of the most romantic books of all time. No biggie
5The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams- Ok, so this book isn’t exactly the most educational piece ever written, but I think it’s one of the best intro books to science fiction. It’s hilarious, irreverent and adorable.
6A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens- Dickens is kind of known for writing classics, but I don’t think every kid in America has read this book. And, honestly, they really need to! Sydney!! Ahh!!
7Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling- Hear me out- starting in 5th grade, you read one Harry Potter book a year until you graduate high school. If you want to teach your children about bravery, right and wrong and the power of friendship, make them read Harry Potter!
8The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien- This might be a tough sell for girls. I mean, I’m pretty sure I skimmed some parts. Maybe this required read could be a movie/book combo deal.
9Graceling by Kristin Cashore- Female empowerment to the max! Every high school or college-age girl should read this book! You’ll want to learn karate immediately after you’re finished reading.
10The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison- This book is pretty heavy, but I think issues like racism and prejudice should really be examined in formative years. I think so many kids would gain some serious insight from this novel.
What books made your required reading list?