July 19, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday - Required Reading For Teens

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week we list our top ten on a variety of book related things.....
This week's list: 
Top Ten Books You Believe Should Be Required Reading For Teens

  1. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
  2. Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  3. How I Live Now by Meg Rossoff
  4. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  5. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  6. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. Plain Kate by Erin Bow
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon
  9. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  10. Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  11. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  12. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Did anyone else find making this list very difficult?

 Instead of explaining each one, I'll just say that all of the books above impacted me in a major way at various points through the years....many I wish I would have had to turn to when I was a teen. Each book above represents a stage and a point in my life and there were so many things I learned from reading those books. Books are powerful. I wonder if the authors really Truly know what their work, their words mean to us...


  1. Such a fabulous list, Jen! I completely agree with Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know if I read this book as a teen it would have changed me SO much. It already has as an adult... it's just so completely awe inspiring.

  2. A good list. I have been seeing The perks of Being a Wallflower on many list today and need to read this one.

  3. Perks of being a Wallflower would be number 1 on my list as well as 13 Reasons Why, I read it a while back but now I am listening to it on audio, WOW, listening to it makes it sooo much more real!!

  4. I think my biggest challenge was not just making a list of books that I love, but books that would impact a teen. I love Crime and Punishment, but I know that most teens would not. It was challenging, but I really enjoyed the process.

  5. I agree that it was hard to pick out which books would be best. I love your choices!

  6. +JMJ+

    I think The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night would be a great pick for analysis because: a) it's not strictly YA, b) the protagonist is a teenager, anyway, and c) it's pretty good!

  7. Great list! I love seeing Plain Kate on it--I just finished this morning and I still am speechless about it!