Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top Ten Books That Should Be Required Reading For Teens

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week, we get a theme to list our top tens. 

This week's Top Ten is: Top Ten Books That Should Be Required Reading For Teens

I do recommend some books to teenagers. I even buy those as gifts for them. I am listing them here:

1) The Book Thief by Mark Zusack
2) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
4) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5) The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
6) Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
7) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
8) All Jostein Gaarder novels
9) All Harry Potter Novels
10) All John Steinbeck novels
11) All Charles Dickens novels

Thirteen Reasons WhyDiary of Anne Frank (Longman Imprint Books)The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain Library)To Kill a Mockingbird (Literature Made Easy Series)The Book ThiefSophie's World: A Novel about the History of PhilosophyThe Works of John Steinbeck Complete and UnabridgedAll 16 of Charles Dickens' Novels (Samizdat Edition with Active Table of Contents)


Nise' said...

All great choices.

Lisa said...

We have a couple of the same choices. I like that you included Harry Potter. I think they ended up getting a lot of non-readers to become avid readers and hopefully they will continue this trend with future generations.

C.B. James said...

Your list will certanily produce well-read young people.

I've found that while the majority of my 7th graders at least like Harry Potter, there is a good sized group that either has no interest in him or really hates him.

But, I expect 30 years from now the first book will be commonly found on rerquired reading lists.

Yvette said...

You picked some of the books I put on my list as well. A very interesting list.

scattered_laura said...

A great list! I had Harry Potter on mine too. I wish I'd include a few more "classics" too...

My Top Ten

Kailana said...

Great list!

LBC said...

I totally agree about Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men was one of my favorites when I was a teenager.

Come visit me at The Scarlet Letter.

Veens said...

Great Choices, I am sure if I had to write down a list, some of the books in your list would be there.

But I would also put in Sarah Dessen there.

Enbrethiliel said...


I was actually required to read Sophie's World. It's a great introduction to philosophy--but is that ending weird or what? =P Aside from this, the only other Gaarder novel I've read is Through a Glass Darkly. Which other titles would you recommend?

Anonymous said...

There are a few on that list I haven't read so I need to get busy!