This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (over at Broke & Bookish) is a back-to-school freebie. I’m going to school in exactly a week *nervous breathing*, and I’ve decided to share the
ten five (because I’m lazy) books I would make my students read if I was a teacher. Because sometimes people just need to be pushed into things.
What? I don’t have a secret torture dungeon where I force people to read my favorite books, or anything.
Throne of Glass
This series is full of badassery, friendship, and girl-power. The main character is an ass-kicking assassin with dubious morals and a thirst for revenge, which would provide for discussion and conversation galore. Plus, the plot has an interesting viewpoint on slavery and politics.
I don’t think enough teens understand the real weight of PTSD, but this book could gently introduce them to it while giving them a laugh as well. Starring a shy young woman and her whimsical, constantly fighting family, it’s entertaining and lovable for all.
Maybe this would just be for the older/mature students, but this daring story of a young boy who steals a painting from a museum is definitely one of the best pieces of adult fiction I’ve ever read, and it provides an astonishingly realistic look at human nature.
Eating disorders are also an uncommon subject in YA these days, but this book confronts the issue with a main character who’s not exactly likable and firmly believes in the wrong things. AKA, food for thought. #isthatfoodjokeacceptableidk
Between Shades of Grey
Why? Have? So? Few? People? Read? Ruta Sepetys? It’s just ridiculous. If you’re not into long, boring history textbooks but want to learn about the past, pick up some of her fantastic historical fiction books. She focuses mainly on Lithuania and Poland, and struggles immigrants were faced with when leaving both countries. WHICH IS SO FASCINATING. You’ll be hooked.
Do you agree with my choices? Have some recs to add? Leave them below!