Top Ten Tuesday: Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. In my version of English literature, I would include YA as the prominent source for lessons. Why, you ask? Because YA is centered on teens and who better to give as inspiration for all the pre-teens and teens? You learn important lessons of sacrifice, perseverance, imperfection and a basic understanding of human nature in YA. I have also included the reasons it should be in schools, which may or may not be the book’s main focus. So, my Top Ten Books that I wish were taught in School are:
According to me, this book was the best work of Cecilia Ahern (sorry to all P.S. I Love You fans :P). It is such a beautiful story about a jaded woman who learns to live life in the fullest by an imaginary friend, who is in fact, quite real. And if the ending does not make you cry, well – I consider you heartless! (sorry, I have too many feels when it comes to this book).
The Da Vinci Code is such an obvious choice – if a bit controversial. How religion can change history (or in this skew it) is something that should be included at least once in education systems – just so that we don’t have religion fanatics running around in the future. I don’t blame any particular religion for it but the fact is, people have built and destroyed civilizations in the name of religion.
Oh, and this book should also be recommended because every person has to read a Dan Brown book at least once in their lives.
This book is so to fulfill the science-fiction requirement in my ideal english class. The writing is phenomenal, and the concept so novel – and the ending will just blow your mind. I feel science fiction just goes to show what humans might be capable of in the future and this book is like a cautionary tale. Students would benefit by learning to consider the implications of their actions through this book.
I don’t even need to justify this choice. I don’t know whether the Harry Potter is a required reading but it should be – it was basically the book that got me into the YA genre.
Is there such a thing as a perfect human society? This book asks this very question – what if we were divided by a quality which we think was the basic cornerstone of human civilization? Does our choice reflect our nature? Or do our choices define us? (sorry, I just had to say that :)) The future generation really does need to think about the values they want instilled into their society, for the world is headed into chaos. (This statement is not pessimistic, I am just stating a basic scientific fact – entropy)
The historical fiction requirement – it would be a nice complimentary read for the classes learning the French Revolution in history. It provides an in-depth understanding of the social norms of that time period and the dominoes that lead to the French Revolution.
The light novel – not the manga! The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is narrated by Kyon, a high school student who becomes friends with Haruhi – an eccentric girl who has a totally different outlook on the world. Though she is not a role model, she is quite something. Also, coupled with Itsuki’s genius conversations, this book is an ideal read for sci-fi buffs.
A spectacular retelling of Alice in Wonderland, this would be a great accompaniment to the original novel. A G Howard has a flair for brilliant writing and the dark undertones rival the movie Alice in Wonderland. Also, you gotta love Morpheus and his penchant for style and fashion. It might be slightly morbid in the start, but hey – if Wuthering Heights can be given to read, then this one surely can.
Fantasy genre should be a required read because of the world-building. That’s the one thing that sets this genre apart from YA – you can have anything in a new world and with this new world, different sort of challenges are possible. Poison Study is an excellent choice because it tells the story of a woman living in a more or less male dominated world but she doesn’t become a victim – she strives to be higher than that. Yelena is wonderful character who is making the best of her circumstances. however unfair they may be.
Can any list be complete without this – a modern masterpiece? This book teaches us that even when you have been dealt with a tough fate, you can always make the best of it. Your world doesn’t need to be defined by what you are – and you can choose your happiness.
So, what would do you think of my choices? Is there any you think should have been on the list? Sound off in comments!
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