TTT: Back to school freebie

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme posted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Since kids will be going back to school in a week, this week’s post asks us to focus on the theme of school or learning. So in fitting with a post I am going to do later this week, I thought I would talk about the books I read in school that I learned a lot from. These are the books that students should have to read at some point in their education.

Pride and Prejudice

High school boys and girls should have to read this one. It was the first classic, where I truly understood how complicated relationships can be. One is proud and one is prejudice, what can go wrong. Besides, it’s a good discussion on how relationships have changed from then to now.


I didn’t think I was going to like this book and I loved it. I remember doing a paper on how Shelley incorporates the theme of nature vs. nurture and how it applied to the monster. I still think about it to this day. Besides all kids need to learn that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster! šŸ™‚

To Kill A Mockingbird

This book was actually assigned for summer reading going into freshman year of high school. I remember being awed by this book upon finishing it and was so excited to discuss it in class. To my dismay, no other kid, I mean NOONE, had done the summer reading. Well so much for that. It could have been such a good discussion. I learned so much from this book that I still think about it today.

The Outsiders

A book about feeling like an “outsider” and finding where and how you belong. What kid can’t relate? I remember reading this in 8th grade and totally feeling like I had something in common with at least one of the characters.

The ReD Badge of Courage

I haven’t read this book since middle school but I still think about it once and a while. Set on Civil War battlefield, the books focuses on the emotional battle of a soldier as he struggles to do what he is there to do and ultimately finds the courage to persevere.

Of Mice and Men

I still cry when I read this book. I remember reading this twice while in school. We also had to watch the movie. It is a fixture on my shelf.

Animal Farm

This was my first Orwell book and I think it’s perfect for students to learn about the behaviors of society and the rise of totalitarianism.

The Giver

This was another required summer reading book but I am glad that I was able to read it. I remember thinking that everyone should have to read it. There is so much to it. I haven’t read it in a long time but I have it on my reread list.

The Glass Menagerie

Out of all the plays we had to read my senior years of AP English, this one stuck with me the most. I know that had it not been for school, I would not have read this book. I am so glad I did.


And last but not least, every students should have to read Shakespeare, because honestly if they don’t in school, they probably won’t. Shakespeare can be intimidating but I found that with creative help from my teachers I was able to get through it and actually enjoy it. Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caeser, Macbeth were the assigned ones when I went to school but I wish we got through more.

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