Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to make. This week it is the Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools.
At my secondary school (high school) there weren’t nearly enough contemporary reads. In fact, there weren’t any. We studied Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and Lord of The Flies by William Golding. Whilst I’m grateful that I read those books, I really do think there are better books out there. Because I’m not in the school environment (in a high school anyway) I don’t know if these books have crept their way onto the required reading, so take my list to be what I wish I had read when I was at school.
So here are my top ten, (click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page) in no particular order:
Cross My Heart- Carmen Reid- I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It’s just SO good. One of my favourite books of the year. Carmen Reid is such an amazing talent.
Sarah’s Key– Tatiana de Rosnay- This is another incredible read that’s stuck with me for a very long time.
The Help– Kathryn Stockett- I know I feature The Help on quite a few Top Ten Tuesday lists, but it’s awesome. Such great characters.
The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time– Mark Haddon– This is another book that frequently visits my Top Ten lists. I just think it’s a wonderfully original piece of writing.
The Book Thief– Markus Zusak– I truly believe that everyone should at least try this book.
The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins- I think this is a great series. If I had read it in school I would have been totally engrossed.
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson– I’m aware that some schools do teach this book, but that it has been banned in a lot of states. I think it’s such an important topic, one that shouldn’t be avoided, but handled sensitively.
The Time Traveler’s Wife– Audrey Niffenegger- I know not everyone would enjoy it, but I think it’s an interesting concept.
The Sky Is Everywhere– Jandy Nelson– This is a truly beautiful read. The writing is superb.
Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet– Jamie Ford- I have a lot of love for this book. It’s beautifully written.
Please feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten posts so I can be nosey and see what you’ve included this week!