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Top Ten Tuesday: Modern Titles to Pair with Classics

22 Aug


I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a huge fan of classic literature read in high school – I think it’s difficult to teach, it’s difficult to connect to students’ lives and it’s often filled with a lot of old/dead white men. So, this Top Ten Tuesday is devoted to titles that can be paired with classic literature selected in high school for a even more enhanced learning experience.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Great by Sara Benincasa
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. 1984 by George Orwell
    Little Brother by Cory Doctrow
  7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
  8. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. The Odyssey by Homer
    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  10. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist

9 May
  1. Disabilities (other than Autism Spectrum)
    There are so many titles with characters on the Autism Spectrum, which I think is valuable, but there are so many other disabilities that can be portrayed and these books are not always easy to find.
  2. “Lighter” teen fiction
    I was the “good kid” in high school and didn’t enjoy reading the really heavy and dark material in the young adult department, I’m still not a huge fan of books that deal with such heavy topics in YA lit, probably because the story is too real. At least in middle grade, heavy topics are dealt with and usually have an underlying sliver of hope (which I cling to with a very strong grip) I’ll take Sarah Dessen’s work any day – dealing with heavy topics, but still a little on the lighter side.
  3. Biracial characters
    My boyfriend is biracial and although I’ve asked him about whether or not he missed seeing characters that looked like him in literature when he was young, it’s hard enough to find characters that aren’t white, let alone characters who are Black & Hispanic, Asian & Black, etc.
  4. Magical Realism
    I absolutely adored A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd and loved the sprinkle of magic in a very realistic setting. Whenever I can get a little magic, it’s just the right amount!
  5. Diversity in Fantasy & Science Fiction
    Diversity in realistic fiction has its own difficulties, don’t even try to find diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction, it’s even more difficult! Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older and a few characters in the popular Hunger Games trilogy are specifically described as not being white, but without it being stated in the text, many people will read characters as white.
  6. Modern Fairy Tales
    Can anyone say The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey or The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill? These are amazing modern fairytales, not retellings of a story we already know, but a brand-new story and I love them!
  7. Sports stories with female protagonists
    There are some solid sports middle grade fiction with male protagonists like Ghost by Jason Reynolds and Booked by Kwame Alexander and while I Loved (with a capital L) these books, I’d love to see strong female athletes as this is a group of kids who are sometimes reluctant readers and it can be difficult to find something they can relate to.
  8. Individual stories that converge at the end
    The easiest example of this concept is Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, where three seemingly separate stories are connected through the harmonica and in the end all the stories combine and get interwoven together.
  9. Historical fiction for middle grade readers
    I love historical fiction (always have), so things like The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper and The Marvels by Brian Selznick are some of my favorite reads!
  10. Diversity without screaming “THIS IS A DIVERSE BOOK”
    Always on the lookout for the books that are diverse without screaming “DIVERSITY, RIGHT HERE!” I really enjoyed Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate, One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor have diversity at their core, but you don’t read them thinking, “Of course, I see the diversity staring me in the face.”

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Middle Grade Novels with Turquoise Covers

2 May

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Since today is a cover freebie for our Top Ten Tuesday, I decided to showcase covers that were filled with my all-time favorite color – turquoise. The first five titles are on my TBR list and the remaining titles are ones I read and enjoyed. Hope you find something you like!

  1. A Crack In the Sea by H.M. Bouwman
  2. Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick
  3. See You In the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  4. The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjersten Malone
  5. The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
  6. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  7. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  8. The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
  9. The Girl In the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
  10. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

25 Apr
  1. Poetry
    Although I have enjoyed novels in verse, reading poetry is something that I can’t seem to get into… I’m a quick reader and I think the subtle nuance of poetry is often lost on me.
  2. Horror
    Although I love thrillers, I can’t stand to be scared, especially if I’m home alone. I don’t like scary movies, haunted houses, etc. It’s probably because it makes me feel like I’m not in control and I don’t like it.
  3. High Fantasy
    When a book has a map and a glossary of vocabulary in the back, it tends to disinterest me really fast – Lord of the Rings, not for me!
  4. Classics
    I never enjoyed reading the classics in high school and even the few I’ve picked up since, I just don’t seem to enjoy too much.
  5. Plays
    I could never understand why we were required to read Shakespeare in school, it’s a play, shouldn’t it be watched? And before everyone starts explaining, I know the language and format are important to understand, but I’d much rather watch a show than read it.
  6. Graphic Novels
    A genre that I want to love, but just really don’t enjoy reading too much. I always feel like I’m not getting enough out of the story, probably because I do read very quickly and the illustrations almost get in my way.
  7. Autobiographies/Biographies
    I don’t have anything against autobiographies and biographies, it’s just not a genre that I’ll pick up for fun, unless I’ve gotten a recommendation for something specific.
  8. Adult books
    I know this is a vast majority of books, but as a (former) children’s librarian I focused a lot of my time on middle grade and young adult literature and I feel like that is stuff I really enjoy. I’ll read adult material, but it’s not usually my go-to.
  9. Short Stories
    I feel like just when I’m getting to know the story, it’s over.

There are always exceptions to the rule and I’m totally using an exception right now, as I could only come up with a Top Nine Tuesday instead of a Top Ten list. I’m more than willing to try pretty much anything, especially if I get a review from a friend or colleague. What types of books are on your Not Reading List?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Top Ten Tuesday: Harry Potter Fandom – Quote Style

4 Apr


I had a difficult time with this topic! I’m not super into any one thing, unless it’s books, but I decided to go with Harry Potter because I do love the series, I just don’t do the whole writing fan-fiction, purchasing merchandise, etc. part of fandom. So instead I chose ten quotes from the books that I loved.  Enjoy!hp quote 1 (1).pnghp quote 2hp quote 3hp quote 4hp quote 5hp quote 7hp quote 6 (1)hp quote 8hp quote 9hp quote 10

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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