Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. Today it is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101

If I was Teaching a YA Lit 101 class, these ten books would be on my syllabus

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
   This book is narrated by death and it is during WWII while it is seen through the eyes of a young german girl. This book is important because it has many themes such as death, innocence, ethics, friendship, love, family, the importance of words.
2. To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
 This book is great because it is a coming of age book about a girl dealing with her family, coming into her own, and learning from the people around her. Themes in the book include korean culture, friendship, family, sister relationships, romantic relationships, loyalty.
3. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
 Incredible book that should be discussed in all school, it broadens the perspective on strangers and how to not trust someone, also it brings in the issue of Stockholm Syndrome, that is rarely discussed in books.
4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
 This book is an eye-opener on the stigma concerning bipolar disorder, depression, suicide, it talks about these themes in a realistic way. 
5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
 I had to read this book freshmen year of high school and i loved it. The portrayal of a young girl who is coming into terms with the fact that she was raped, and the repercussions  that come with that. While navigating through feelings of sadness, anger, confusion, it is an incredible book that should be talked about. The topic of rape is a very serious issue and this book addresses it in a realistic way.
6. The Fault in our stars by John Green
i don't even need to say anything, it's john green.
7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
one of the first books i read, the themes of friendships, family, bullying, and imagination is beautiful.
8. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery
 Loved it, would be good to teach in elementary schools.
9. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
 The world is seen through a 6 year old as she experiences the world around her. Themes in racism, povery, innocence, social class, and ,many more.
10. The Perks Of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  I can't praise this book enough,  can be taught in any school. the messages are amazing.


  1. Some of these books really need to be taught in schools nowadays! Sometimes I don't even understand the point of some of the required reads I study at school, because they're not at all relatable. Books like The Book Thief and Speak should really be brought into school syllabus!

  2. I know they really should especially books like the book thief, speak, stolen, all the bright places, and many more, All of these books have important themes that are relevant in today's society. I think that it should be taught in schools so students can learn about these topics that are often not discussed in school. glad you enjoyed my post. :)