Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and Bookish, where the participants list down the top ten books/bookish things according to the given topic. This is my first time participating in TTT, but I know it’s going to be a fun experience!
Ten Six Books I Wish Were Taught in School
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
C’mon. You should’ve known I was going to include this. Harry Potter teaches good English, guys, and it also prompts you to use your imagination. We all know imagination is super important, because Albert Einstein said so! (“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”) Plus, the books are full of wise sayings from Dumbledore, and promotes studying for exams (not really; I doubt Hermione’s going to help much people study harder). It’s a classic, even if my parents don’t think so. And I could fill this Top Ten post up with seven of the HP books, but I won’t. 😉
2. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson was more effective than any of my schoolbooks about Greek and Roman mythology was. We learn that in school, right? What better way to knock it into a child’s mind than by letting them read Percy? Your kid will know the Greek gods and goddesses better than you!
3. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Before reading Speechless, I had never gotten a glimpse into what is was like to be one of the gossipers. Usually it’s from the bullied’s point of view, and most of the time, the victim’s pretty damn cool about it all because s/he’s a badass heroine. But this book took a different stance. It showed me just how much a slip of a tongue could affect a person’s life, and how much forgiveness counts in these kinds of situations. Maybe bullies who read this will finally know what their victims go through, and will feel sorry. Bullying, in any kind of situation, is NOT okay.
4. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
In case some of you didn’t know, I’m actually homeschooled, and much to my surprise, one of my required books to read was The Hobbit! I was actually quite pumped to read it, and Tolkien didn’t disappoint (the rest of the series is another matter altogether). The Hobbit is a lot like Harry Potter – fantastic world building, full of imagination, full of outlandish creatures, and great use of language. It’s definitely a book that should be read in schools!
5. The Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher
Ever wondered where the 1,001 Arabian Nights came from? The Shadow Spinner tells you exactly that. On their own, the tales aren’t very entertaining (at least they weren’t to me), but The Shadow Spinner – which was another schoolbook for me – taught me true courage, and from a crippled protagonist, no less. It’s set in Persia, so that’s a plus, too!
6. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Even though I wasn’t able to finish Code Name Verity, I absolutely and utterly fell in love with Elizabeth Wein’s latest, Rose Under Fire. It was a lot like Percy Jackson for me – I learned a LOT more about World War II and the prison camps and the atrocities the Nazis did to their prisoners than any history book from school. Who says reading fictional things like this have no value, eh? (My dad.)
Over to you!
I would’ve listed down a bunch of my favorites here, but school is still school, so I listed down the books that I enjoyed and had some sort of academical value to me. Have you read any of the books I’ve listed here? What do you think? And don’t forget to leave links to your TTT posts as well!