Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be required reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I decided to list some of the books I think should be required or suggested reading for LIFE. You’ll find that a lot of the books on this list can help you understand the world around us and the people in it better. These books will expand your world view, the way you see other people, and, most importantly, the way you see yourself. These books helped me to realize that I have anxiety (which lead me to get help); these books gave me hope when I had none; these books helped me open my eyes to the people around me and to see the world through clearer eyes; and these books can serve as a warning of sorts for behavior in yourself or others that could warrant the need for help, all while telling you that getting help is okay. I tried to avoid typically required reading (The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.) to include books that might not always be included in school. I went a bit over the ten books limit, so I’ve just included covers which are linked to the books’ corresponding Goodreads page.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky   The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner   It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini   Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu   My Heart & Other Black Holes final   Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig   Beloved

The Outsiders   If I Was Your Girl   When I Was the Greatest      George by Alex Gino

The Girl who Fell by Shannon M. Parker   The Humans by Matt Haig   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time   A Monster Calls

The Color Purple   Mosquitoland by David Arnold   Things Fall Apart   The Walking Dead, Volume 1 cover

Which books do you think should be required reading? Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with me?

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be required reading

  1. Speaking as a teacher, The Outsiders is always a hit even with the most disengaged kids, they all get something out of it. Speaking as a human being, I adore the book and always recommend it! It still amazes me that Hinton wrote something like that so young.

  2. YES to Speak!! That was such a great book and I agree that everyone should read it. I need to read Beloved and The Color Purple. I have heard great things about those, but still haven’t read them. I also really want to read If I Was Your Girl so I’m glad to hear you loved it so much. Great list.

  3. Oh wow, so many great books on here!! The Outsiders, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and the Perks of Being a Wallflower were also on my list 😀 Love A Monster Calls, Speak and My Heart and other Black Holes as well. Loads there I really want to read but haven’t yet. Yep, these should definitely all be required reading, great list!

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