i am participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. the challenge is back after a summer hiatus and now we can dive back into new topics. this week’s topic is “back to school freebie”. now, what you need to know for this. i went to school in germany and the only books we read were in my german class. all of them were just bad. i hated them and i wasn’t a big fan of it. in my english class we read almost nothing. the only thing was the shakespeare play “much ado about nothing”, which was sooooo cool. we also watched the movie then and i loved it. but unfortunately, there was nothing more. so that’s how this list came to life, because here you can see, what i would have wanted to read in school.
“ten books i wish i could have read in school”
1.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton
once again this book made it to my list. why? it’s pretty easy. the writing is good, the characters are great and the story is amazing and scary at the same time. i wish we could have read this in school, because it is an important book and i think everybody should read “the outsiders”.
2.) “the book thief” by markus zusak
well, this book came out, when i was already out of school haha. but i wish, that it would have been there back then and that we would have read it. i think there is no better way to understand the cruelty of the second world war than this book. it’s crushing and it’s very emotional and i probably would have been a mess back then in school, but it really brings you close to what was happening back then. it is also beautifully written and i think it should become a required reading in every school.
3.) “wonder” by r.j. palacio
this is another book that just came out a couple of years ago. but i wish, that it would have been there back in my school time. this book is just wonderful and it shows that it’s all about the inner beauty. about how you shouldn’t and how you should be towards other people. i loved auggie’s story and i think it’s a perfect book to read in school.
4.) “animal farm” by george orwell
i think “animal farm” by george orwell is also a perfect book to read in school. first of all it is short, which is important for school, because kids do not like to be forced into reading big books for school. second of all it describes wonderfully, how society can get and it’s written in a way, everybody can understand and even have fun while reading it. i don’t think i would have liked “1984”, but i think “animal farm” is a perfect book for school.
5.) “the perks of being a wallflower” by stephen chbosky
i remember reading “the perks of being a wallflower” and i really loved and enjoyed it a couple of years ago. i think it is a wonderful book and i think that a lot of teenagers can relate to the characters.
6.) “thirteen reasons why” by jay asher
now, i debated with myself, if i should put this book on this list or not. and i think it deserves a spot. it’s a book about bullying and the consequences it has, when one person isn’t treated right. it’s a book where you start to think about other people and if you are maybe hurting them the way you treat them. so yeah, i think this book should definitely be read in school.
7.) “wild” by cheryl strayed
now i know, that this book is hard at some points, but it’s the true story of a woman who got lost. and i think everybody sometimes gets lost and needs to find their way. and i think at the end of high school you are sometimes at a point where you don’t know where to go. so i think that would be a great time to read this book.
8.) “the last lecture” by randy pausch
i remember when a good friend of mine gave me this book and said: “just read it.” i didn’t know what it was about but i started and had goosebumps all the time. it’s about living your life to the fullest. every day. a motto i try to live by every day! 🙂
9.) “great expectations” by charles dickens
awwww, one of my favorites. i know that “great expectations” is a long book. but it is easy to read and it is such a beautiful story, that everyone can get lost in it. i think it is a classic, that many students would enjoy to read, because it is the story of pip and how he grows up. it’s about how he presumes things, that aren’t true and that it isn’t always how it seems to be.
10.) “the hunger games” by suzanne collins
ok, i realize that my list may be a little too serious. 😀 but believe me, i come from a good place and just want that everyone is good to each other and lives their life without regret. but now, let’s add some fun, shall we? 😀 and i think “the hunger games” is a perfect way to do this. i was hooked reading this book, and i was 31 years old, when i first read it. so i can imagine, that kids in school will love this. and i think, since it’s a series it’s the perfect way to get kids to read it and who knows, maybe some of them will turn into bookfreaks like us 😀
alright, that is my list of books i wish i could have read in school. i am sad, that i couldn’t but at least i was able to do it throughout my life and i am sure there are many more waiting for me, which will maybe be included in some other list in the future. let me know, if you had to read some of these in school and what you think about them. also, which books would you want for kids to read in school? 🙂