Top 10 Books That Should Be Required Reading In School

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, check out their original post and join in!

This week’s topic is top ten contemporary books you’d pair with a required reading from school or top ten books you think should be required reading in school. I’ve decided to keep it simple and just go with the books I think should be required readings. This was so hard because I love so many books! But I’ve tried to narrow it down to one’s I think have an important lesson or would make a good discussion, let me know what you think!

books that should be required reading

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1. The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green

Well first up I just love this book and think everyone should read it! But also I think it presents such a great perspective on life and death.

2. Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

In High School I did this English class on adaptations and this would have been such a cool book to have discussed in that class.

3. The S-Word, by Chelsea Pitcher

A story that deals with slut shaming, bullying and teenage suicide.

4. Paper Towns, by John Green

I just love John Green! This is an awesome coming of age story and I think everyone would just enjoy his witty writing.

5. Crank, by Ellen Hopkin

This is an interesting book written in verse. In school I never really liked verse but I loved this story which opened my mind up to more stories written in this way. It also deals with some pretty heavy issues.

6. Dreamland, by Sarah Dessen

A really dark story that delves into the inner workings of abusive relationships. I read this in high school and it really made me think.

7. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

I don’t even think I need to explain why for this one! It’s an incredibly moving story and relevant to our lifetime. Everyone should give this book a read!

8. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Awesome story about fighting for equality in the South during the 1960s. I think it’s important for young people to read these sort of books to understand the past and know how lucky we are to live now.

9. Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

I think a dystopian novel should be a must in schools because it can get discussion going like no other. This one is great! It’s a really compelling story that makes you think.

10. Saving Francesca, by Melinda Marchetta

This is an awesomely written YA novel about depression and teenage life. Plus it’s by an aussie author 🙂


10 thoughts on “Top 10 Books That Should Be Required Reading In School

  1. Not read all of these, read “The Help” a couple of years ago, loved it, recently read “The Punctual Paymaster” by Dan Groat which has lots of similarities to “The Help”and one of my young reviewers posted her review of “Paper Towns” on my blog recently. Great post.

  2. These are really great choices, and I’d bet you’d get some really interesting discussions going! I still need to read Paper Towns — so far, I’ve loved everything I’ve read by John Green, but I’ve missed this one somehow. 🙂

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