Jul 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Required Teen Reading

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this feature includes random weekly top tens. This week's list is -Top Ten Books You Believe Should Be Required Reading For Teens. So here's my list! I expect to see some of the same stuff everywhere, so it shall be interesting. Enjoy!
  1. Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
    If only because I loved this one when I was in high school. I almost didn't read it because I hated being told what to read when I was that age, but I was SO glad I did. It's become one of my favorite novels of all time.
  2. Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes
    This one deals with a high school shooting, and maybe it would teach some lessons about bullying and how not to act in high school.
  3. Jay Asher - 13 Reasons Why
    Another great high school age book, with this one dealing in suicide. The emotion in this novel is real and heartbreaking. I think this one will be showing up on lots of lists today.
  4. Ian McEwan - Atonement
    I read this one in my early 20s, but it really teaches a good lesson on how lies affect whole lives. It quickly became one of my favorites, and the movie is beautiful as well.
  5. Sherman Alexie - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    This book gets down and dirty on a reservation. Its lessons are important, and if anything it shows better-off teens how well they have it.
  6. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
    Yet another book that will show us not to take our current lives and situations for granted. And it may be an inspiration for people to fight for what they want. I'm glad I read this book!
  7. Laura Wiess - How It Ends
    This novel truly affected me. The MC in this novel learns some hard lessons as well, and those are really important for teens to find out about.
  8. Stephenie Meyer - Twilight
    I think it's important for everyone to know what this series is all about. And if you only read the first one, fine. But this book converted millions of people of all ages into avid readers, so it's a must.
  9. Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak
    I read this one not too long ago, but it's definitely good for a high school age. Hopefully it will inspire the girls who need help to reach out for it.
  10. Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
    This one is added to the list almost only because I hate it when people call the monster Frankenstein. I'm a snob that way, but it would end if we all just read this one in high school!! :o)
That's my list. I'd love to see everyone else's lists, so please leave a link and I will do my best to check everyone's out. My boyfriend and I started P90X this week, so I just got even more busy.. like I wasn't already. So hang in there with me!! Anyone have any good time management skills advice to give me? I could use it ;o)

Happy Tuesday!


  1. This is an awesome list! I feel like I should definitely get to reading some of these books considering I've only read 2 out of which you suggested. I've read The Hunger Games and Twilight. I saw the movie "Speak"... but I don't think that really counts ;)

  2. I watched some of that movie, and I didn't care for it. The book is pretty good :o) I really liked all of these books!

  3. Love the inclusion of Frankenstein and love the rest of your list as well.

  4. Only other person I have seen put Frankenstein on their list. Massive woots!

  5. Great comments on Atonement, a novel I also loved. Frankenstein too!

  6. I also added Hunger Games and several others that you have on your list. I just hope that they stand the test of time!

  7. I still need to read Pride and Prejudice.

  8. I think Speak should be required reading too. Not only to help those who have been assaulted, but to open the eyes of those around them.

  9. +JMJ+

    It annoys me too when people don't remember that Frankenstein is the creator and that his monster has no name! Besides that, Frankenstein has some really great themes that I think are still very important to us today. There might not be issues like school shootings or teen suicides in this novel, but in an age of in vitro fertilisation and the possibility of cloning (as well as other scientific advancements), I think the message that we must be responsible for what we unleash on the world is as timely as it ever was!

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. How is the P90x going? My hat is off to you that you are doing it. Love your list!


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