Top Ten Tuesday # 19: Books That Should Be Taught In School

September 3, 2013 Gayle Forman, Jay Asher, Lauren Oliver, Lionel Shriver, Markus Zusak, Mindy McGinnis, Rainbow Rowell, Ruta Sepetys, Suzanne Collins, Top Ten Tuesday 21

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and weeks topic is:

 Top Ten: Books That Should Be Taught In School

I did my own little spin on this topic.  These aren’t necessarily books that I think SHOULD be taught in school, but I think they’re topics high school kids should know about.  Some of my suggestions are more light-hearted than others.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Genocide: Non-Holocaust

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

School Violence

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver


Just One Day by Gayle Forman: (My review is here.)


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Surviving the First Year of College

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Surviving an Apocalypse

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis: (My review is here.)

To Teach Kids What Could Happen If They Misbehave

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Your turn!  Which books do you think should be taught in school?

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21 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday # 19: Books That Should Be Taught In School”

  1. Anne Bennett

    Ha-ha…to teach kids what will happen if they misbehave. Good one. Wouldn’t it be pathetic if we really treated human life as casually as in Hunger Games?

  2. justcaffeinated

    Great list! The Book Thief would definitely make for an interesting high school read 🙂 And interesting that We Need to Talk About Kevin made your list; I’m still working up the courage/fortification to read it! lol

    My TTT

  3. Carrie-Anne

    The Book Thief was the required historical book in my YA Lit class, and I couldn’t finish it. One of the most severely overrated books of modern times.

    I think more world literature needs taught in schools. It would be great if American high schoolers were as familiar with, say, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish literature as they are with U.S. and British books.

    • Stephanie K

      I agree that more world lit should be taught. So many kids are reluctant readers already, though, and I don’t know if this would be a help or a hindrance.

    • Stephanie K

      Yeah, I reached a bit there. But I thought that sounded better than: “Kids, this is what happens when your ancestors rebel against the government and you are forced to pay for their sins.” 🙂

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