Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top 10 Books Every Teen Should Read





It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is
Top 10 Books You Believe Should Be Required Reading for Teens


1. The Giver by Lois Lowry

2. Speak by Lauren Halse Anderson

3. The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

10. And, saying screw it to the list above, I have to say that, most importantly, teens should be reading whatever the hell their brilliant, growing, emotional, pubescent, confused little hearts desire. While I believe it's important to be exposed to challenging books you wouldn't have selected for yourself (hello, that's why I'm in a book club!), I do think that avoiding censorship at all costs and trusting teens to make some of their own choices is the only way they're going to understand the pure JOY that comes with reading and find the answers they're looking for...

Anna Reads young adult book blog

22 comments:

  1. woohoo!!! Number 10 is the best!

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  2. Love your answers :) I especially agree with #10!

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  3. I absolutely agree with many of the choices on this list especially THE GIVER and HARRY POTTER. I read THE GIVER in sixth or seventh grade and I've never forgotten it since!

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  4. I honestly think we should ban required reading. And I wish there were more goofy, silly YA books.

    I've been toying with the crazy idea of having teens read children's picture books. I highlighted ten favorites in my Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Should Be Required Reading for Teens. I'd love to see what you think. And don't forget to throw your name into the hat for my July Giveaway, a $25 Amazon gift card!

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  5. Hee! #10 is our fave. ;)

    But this is a great list. We've read all of them but Speak (and hey, we watched the movie).

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  6. Awesome, Awesome list Anna!! I remember reading The Outsiders in the 8th grade and my memory of that book and what it meant to me is why I want to teach middle school reading. I already plan to have a copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower handy for my students. That book is BEYOND amazing.

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  7. Stop copying my list :) LOVE #10!!

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  8. We have a lot of the same books on our list. One I have seen several places today that I have never read is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I am definitely going to get this one for myself.

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  9. Great list! I actually just bought 13 Reasons Why this weekend and can't wait to read. I've read about half of these, now I have a guide for my next YA reads.

    I must say, having just reread To Kill A Mockingbird, I think it's just as important an adult read as a teen one. Most definitely worth picking up again as an adult. It takes on a whole new meaning.

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  10. I think number ten is my all time fav! We also have the same number one! Epic woots!

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  11. I loved your #10 so I added it to mine! I completely agree that teens should read whatever the want and I hope more teachers recognize that by including their student's input when they choose classroom books every year.

    Here's mine: http://bit.ly/pjAxpr

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  12. #10 should be everyone's favorite book choice for teens, I think :)

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  13. #10 is awesomesauce :o)

    The way to keep a reader reading is to let them read what they want to - making it fun for them, and not a "have to" :o)

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  14. Awesome picks! I read most of these and would completely agree with them being on that list. However, I think your number 10 is just brilliant! Perfect choice, and I agree that before anything else, it's important that they read.

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  15. Nice list! I totally agree with The Giver and I was definitely considering putting The Hunger Games on my list as well. I'm seeing Thirteen Reasons Why pop up a lot, which is reminding me that I need to re-read that one. And like everyone else has been saying...#10 FTW! :D

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  16. Love it! I just re read the Giver for the first time since High School, and it's still just as good!

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  17. Such an awesome list--2, 4, and 8 are some of my favorite books EVER. I haven't read Wallflower, but I've read the rest, and I definitely agree!

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  18. Yea! Love #10 -- totally agree. You go girl!

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  19. +JMJ+

    Your last paragraph makes me think that English class should be one big book club! It's too bad there are grades to spoil all the fun, though . . . =P

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  20. This is a very nice list! I read very little YA in high school classes (mostly read adult lit) - I wonder if that has changed over the years...

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  21. I have read almost all those books on the list so far and I completly agree.

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