Posted by Ashley K
With this week's topic.. I have a shameful thing to admit. I really have not read too many classics. Sure, I had to read a few in high school. but we barely read any of the favorite required reading books. It was all Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Stephen Crane. I enjoyed them, but I wish we would have read more. I like reading Jane Austen, but you know who wants to see a list of only her books. I have so many classics on my TBR, just those are so easy to glance over and pick up new books. SO what I am trying to day is for me putting contemporaries with required reading is something that would take far too long to do, and I don't feel like I could think of books to pair with the ones I have read.
As I was sitting here thinking about how to do this week's topic, I thought about how many people who don't read always say it is because of the often dry books we are forced to read in school. So I thought my list could be books that I think would make required reading more fun, give students a chance to discuss them, and maybe make some new readers in process.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman - I put this on a lot of posts. It is truly an amazing book. It would be a great one to make the students think and make great discussions.
Mortality by Kellie Sheridan - This would be for the zombie lovers, but it also gives us the POV as the person becoming and as a zombie. I really think it would keep the interest of the students.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Of Course!
Divergent by Veronica Roth - I might love dystopians a little too much, but I really think students would like them and they would be a great in class talk.
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey - We read this with a sub when I was in high school. My entire class loved it. Even rereading this years later, I still loved it. It is a great fantasy novel and is very entertaining.
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling - Do I really need to say anything?
The Pellinor Series by Alison Croggon - A great fantasy series. It has everything a reader could want.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan - Another must series.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - Romance and action for both the boys and girls. Plus it's my favorite series and author. I couldn't help myself.
That's my list this week. What's yours?
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