Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s prompt is: Back To School Freebie. So I will be writing about ten books that I think should be required reading in middle school or high school.
Ten Books That Should Be Required Reading for Middle/High Schoolers
I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was insightful and written really well. This is one of those books that you read and think, “This needs to be on every single middle/high school’s required reading list.” I flew through it in just one night because the writing style was so easy to read. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
This book was an absolute joy to read. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. And once it was over, I was so sad because I wanted to live in the story for much longer.
The storyline was heartbreaking, but also inspiring and hopeful. The descriptions about Soloman’s anxiety were incredibly powerful. The characters were lovable. The family dynamics in the Reed house was absolutely lovely and real. The writing was fantastic.
Oh my gosh…I absolutely loved this book. I struggled to put it down, so once you begin reading, prepare to be totally sucked in.
It was such a beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring story about OCD. So many parts of this hit me right in the feels, and there was a bit towards the end that gave me goosebumps all over my body when I was reading.
I would definitely read this book again, and I would highly recommend it to everyone.
This book is such an important read. When I first read it, I said that it’s a story that will stay with me for a long time. That was most definitely the case.
This story is heart-wrenching, it’s beautiful, and it’s extremely captivating. I love how the book is designed and laid out. The text itself is organized in a lovely way that really works with the artwork.
The artwork was also absolutely stunning. I loved that the artist used different techniques to create the dark images that complimented the storyline perfectly.
This book was a hard read content-wise, but would highly recommend it. I think this is another book that everyone should read because the message is so powerful. I can see it creating great discussion in schools, particularly high schools.
A great read but a very sad story about mental illness and the struggle that comes along with it.
I truly believe that discussion around this topic needs to begin in schools in middle school. It also needs to be a topic that is discussed often.
The last line of the book’s description nails it: “…will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.” Both heartbreaking and lovely, this book is a must-read! Each of the narrators have fun and unique voices and the writing and use of artistic metaphor is lovely.
There are many elements of this book that would make great discussion topics in schools, especially the LGBTQ+ focus. A few great topics include;