Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)

This is my first ever Top Ten Tuesday post, and I figured that since I am a teacher and it is Back to School Season, this would be the perfect time to join in!  I teach 9th Graders, so I thought it would be fitting to list my Top Ten Books I’ve Read in High School.

1) The Kite Runner by Kahled Hosseini


This is hands down my favorite book that I’ve read in high school.  It was a beautiful story of friendship and love but I also really appreciated that it was in a different setting that I am used to reading.  I was able to really appreciate and learn about a different culture, which was big for me in high school since I felt we didn’t get a lot of diverse books to read. Also, “for you, a thousand times over,” is one of my favorite literary quotes of all time. I definitely need to reread this!

2) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


I can admit, that if I read the Catcher in the Rye now, as opposed to when I first read it in high school, my opinions of it would be very different.  I have since grown out of my love for angsty teenage boys, but I can appreciate the novels themes of trying to hold on to one’s innocence, especially since I read this at a time in my life that was very helpful for me.

3) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

I actually did not read this as a school assignment but I borrowed this from one of my best friends at the time.  My 11th grade ELA teacher saw me reading it in class and we talked about the book after school and she gave me the movie to borrow it was really cool to chat with her about it.  Along with the great memories I have with reading this, the book itself was a real masterpiece.  I was so emotional the entire time reading it. I cannot wait for the squeal!

4) Night by Elie Wiesel


Speaking of books that made me emotional, this right here really takes the cake.  This was one of the best books I’ve ever read in high school.  I loved it so much, I read it about three times, that’s how much I loved it.

5) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


This is probably one of the only Classics I will ever really get into.  Frankenstein made me appreciate the beauty of writing.  Some of the dialogue that The Monster had was just so hauntingly beautiful it gave me chills while reading it. WOW.

6) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky

This was such a great coming of age novel.  I read this at a time when I was about the same age as Charlie, and a lot of the words resonated with me.  This was the first book that I really annotated to oblivion and would reread quotes I highlighted that I really loved.

7) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I have always struggled with mental illness but coming from my family background, I was never able to fully understand what was going on.  After reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story, I really felt seen in that aspect for the first time.  It really helped me explore my own mental health issues, and as a teenager that was big for me.

8) The Hot Zone by Richard Preston


This was a summer reading assignment for my AP Biology class (I know).   I remember distinctly putting this off until the day before school started and reading it in one day just so I can have my paper done. If I wasn’t pressured to read this in 24 hours though, I’m pretty sure I would have because WOW. I am not a science person, but THIS BOOK was truly terrifying.  To this day, if I see this book in a bookstore I take a picture and send it to my friends and we all freak out about it.

9) Hamlet by William Shakespeare 


This is by far one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.  It was so dramatic for no reason and full of messy gossip. I love a good scandal.

10) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes 


If you know me personally, you know that this is my favorite book of all time.  I first read it the summer I was going into the fourth grade, but I read it again as a school assignment in 10th grade.  Charlie’s view of the world is so beautiful and his story is so heartbreaking, this was one of those books that stuck with me for a long time after I read it.  It was the book that got me into reading and for that, I’ll always be grateful.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

  1. So glad to see It’s Kind of a Funny Story on this list. I don’t see it mentioned very often, but it’s one of my all time favorite books! I read it right after being diagnosed with my mental illnesses and it helped me immensely. It’s definitely a powerful story and I’m glad it’s made an impact on you as well!❤️

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