Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers get together and list the top ten things related to that week's topic.
Top Ten...Contemporary Books That Would Be Great Paired With A Required Reading Book / Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools
I'm going to do half-and-half this week!
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare/Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - Warm Bodies is a semi-retelling of Romeo and Juliet anyway, so I think that these books would go hand-in-hand with one another.
- 1984 by George Orwell/The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Cliché, I know, I know! But I like the different interpretations of dystopian stories, and I think it'd be interesting to study an older interpretation with a more modern one.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee/Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman - I'm really smug about this choice, why am I not an English teacher? I'd love to see the comparisons made between these two novels, as they basically tackle the same subject but in very different ways.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte/Looking for Alaska by John Green - These two books both have very strong heroines, with the guys sort of floundering around them.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath/Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen - Quite similar books, but I'd like to see them studied together as Kaysen went to the same hospital that Plath was in, just at a later time. (Note to self: read these two back-to-back at some point)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Did you honestly expect me to pick anything else? This book needs to be read by everyone, and what better way to do that then through school?
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - I chose this for similar reasons as above, but also because it revolves around starting high school. Chbosky brings up a lot of tough issues for teens, and by getting a range of teenagers to study it, I think it could make the high school experience far less painful.
- Wonder by R. J. Palacio - This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. It teaches the reader so much about prejudice and acceptance and just READ IT. PUT IT SYLLABUSES NOW.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth - Divergent isn't for everyone - but then again, neither is Lord of the Flies, but my school made me read that! Boys, suck it up and learn to love it.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - I think teenagers would find it interesting to study the world of the Shadowhunters. It would certainly make for interesting essays.
So what books did you choose? Leave a comment below for me to check out your blog!