Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Top Ten Books I Would Have in my Classroom

This week's Top 10 list hits close to home for me since I am in the process of becoming an English teacher.  Though my future classroom will be more middle grade, I still have aspirations of what I'd like to see in a young adult classroom.

I'm a huge advocate for reading and understand the importance of how a book can affect a child's life.  Placing the right book in one child's hands can open their minds and bring them to a place they never knew existed.  I understand that a lot of kids may not like reading, so it's my goal to find the right book for that particular child.  Wish me luck!

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen [add to goodreads]
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta [add to goodreads]
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson [add to goodreads]
Golden by Jessi Kirby [add to goodreads]
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley [add to goodreads]

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson [add to goodreads]
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins [add to goodreads]
Looking for Alaska by John Green [add to goodreads]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky [add to goodreads]
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg [add to goodreads]

Just a side note: this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt specifically asked for contemporary novels, that is why I only chose contemps for my top ten. This does not mean I wouldn't have science fiction, paranormal, dystopian, or other genre books in my classroom as well.  Having a well-rounded classroom library is key!


  1. I read Wintergirls, Speak, Looking for Alaska and Perks of being a wallflower in high school, right when I was falling back in love with reading. Wintergirls, in particular, had a huge impact on me, as someone who was battling disordered eating.

    It is so true how the right book can change someones life, and required reading books don't always cut it. I love your choices here, and your students would too! ;)

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

  2. What a fun class this would be! I really need to read Jellicoe Road and Golden, I've heard such great things about both of those books. Great list! ~Pam

  3. I have heard Looking for Alaska is good. I just read The Fault in Our Stars, so I need a little break from John Green (is his goal to depress his readers?), but it's definitely on my list!

  4. I broke the rules and chose a bit of sci-fi here and there; how could I not put Divergent in it? Great list :)

    Happy Tuesday!
    My TTT

  5. Looking for Alaska is on my list, too. :) Speak was taught to some of the classes in my high school but not all. Wintergirls and Perks would be great additions to the curriculum!

    My TTT

  6. I've seen John Green all over the place today! :) Still need to read his books. I've seen the Lifetime movie for Speak but I didn't really like it. I was younger so I think maybe now I would look at it differently.

    My TTT

  7. Speak and The Perks of Being a Wallflower made my list, too! Wintergirls was almost made it! I have all of the others on my bookshelves. I need to read them!!

  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book I desperately wish I had discovered when I was in middle or high school; I only read it recently, but it still hit me like a hammer. I should definitely check out some of your other choices for this list if you'd rank them on the same level.

  9. I want to be in your classroom! So many fabulous books to choose from. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lovely picks! I almost grabbed Speak yesterday, I feel like I should have. So many people recommend it.


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