Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten “Older” Books I Want My Students to Read

Well hello there!

It’s Tuesday which means its Top Ten Tuesday time! Every week the lovelies over at The Broke and Bookish post a theme for everyone to create a list upon.  This week’s official theme is a Top Ten Rewind, meaning that everyone is free to pick a previous theme to work with.

Last week the theme was Top Ten Older Books I Don’t Want People to Forget About, but I chose to do an October New Releases post instead.  So, this week I’m going back to focus on last week’s theme!  The books I’ve chosen for my list are books that I always try to push on my kids at school, but they’re just not super interested.  It’s such a shame because these are all wonderful reads that I know my students would love if they just gave them a chance!

Nancy Drew by Carolyn KeeneThe Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

One of my favorites as a preteen.  These rarely get checked out in my Media Center…even the newer graphic novel versions. Why?!

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann BrasharesThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This series is NOT that old, but my girls are never interested! They loved the movies, but aren’t concerned about reading the books.  What is wrong with youth today?! :p

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittTuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Such a hauntingly beautiful read. I guess my students don’t have time for hauntingly beautiful?

The Princess Diaries by Meg CabotThe Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

Once in a while I get a 6th grade girl checking these out…but all the over kids are missing out.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson LevineElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This is just such a fun fairy tale mash-up and I try to encourage kids to check it out.  They just shrug and ask for something different. But ITS SO GOOD!

The Babysitters Club by Ann M. MartinThe Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

They make the graphic novel versions (illustrated by Raina Telgemeir) which are awesome, but I’d love for my kids to get into these books.

Anne of Green Gables by LM MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Okay, so I didn’t even read these books in middle school, but my students should! It’s just full of such fun that I’m sure they’d fall in love with Anne if they only gave her a try.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson RawlsWhere the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

This book is cry-tastically good.  It’s not that I want my kids to cry, I just want them to experience this beautiful story.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I haven’t even tried to push this one because it’s actually not in my catalog.  I know that my kids would take one look at this book and toss it back on the shelf.  They have little context for Victorian England…alas….

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Lewis’s classic get a little circulation when the movies come out, but not much.  My kids don’t even know what they’re missing!

So this list is pretty much just a list of books I loved as a kid and want my students to fall in love with to.  Parents: Read these books with your kids! Pre/Teens: Read these books!  Teachers: Encourage your students to read these books!!!

Are there any titles you think my students shouldn’t miss out on?


Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Fictional Romances

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is, I’m convinced, a holiday celebrated by no one as intensely as it is by middle schoolers.  They come to school with Valentine’s cards for everyone they know, heart-shaped balloons for their friends, candy is passed around freely from person to person, candy grams or carnations are sent to friends and secret crushes!  And lets not forget the infamous Valentine’s Day Dance! If we’re lucky us teacher’s sometimes get remembered in all the hub-bub and a student (or two) will gift us with a Disney Princess card or a little bag of candy.  I really do love my job.

So, I love my job and I love a good romance.  Today’s top ten list is my favorite fictional romances.  Most are from Young Adult or Middle Grades fiction, but a few adult titles (not that kind of adult!!) may have snuck in too!

Pride and Prejudice BBCElizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oh, that’s not a book cover you say?!  Oh Colin Firth isn’t who Jane Austen based the character on?! I do not care, because I strongly believe that had Jane Austen been aware of Colin Firth she would have been equally as pleased with the decision to cast him as her leading man.  Book or movie Elizabeth and Darcy are easily my favorite fictional couple!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and Etienne St. Clair

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This romance blossoms so slowly it’s so beautifully painful!  I loved the reality of this relationship; sometimes you fall for someone and the timing isn’t right, sometimes it can take forever.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsKatniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Girl on Fire + The Boy with the Bread! Come on!  Their love is based on helping each other through hardship.  They are both there for each other through the pain and struggle, that’s what love is.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareTessa Gray and Will Herondale

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

A romance set in Victorian London?! An American girl and Welsh guy both with supernatural powers? Enough said!

Graceling by Kristen CashoreKatsa and Po

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa is strong and prideful.  Po loves her enough to break through the barriers she puts up. That’s love!

Jane Eyre DVDJane Eyre and Mr. Rochester

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Mr. Rochester is the first person to really notice Jane; to notice that she’s more than just a quiet governess. Le sigh…

Anne of the Island by LM MontgomeryAnne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

They annoy each other as children, but their love grows throughout the years.  He even waits for her to finish school before they get married.  Way to go Gilbert! :)

Ron and HermioneRon Weasley and Hermione Granger

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Best friends turned crushes is one of my favorite plot lines and Ron and Hermione are an awesome couple.  They compliment each other’s talents and strengthen each other’s weaknesses. 

The Goose Girl by Shannon HaleAni and Geric

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Both Ani and Geric fall in love without realizing the other’s true identity, so they get to know the real person first.  Fairy tale magic!

Northanger Abbey DVDCatherine Morland and Henry Tilney

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I have a special spot in my heart for Catherine and Mr. Tilney; she’s a voracious reader and he’s a pastor.  Sounds like a couple I know very well…! I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel a connection to them!

I hope I didn’t forget anyone!  Who are some of your favorite fictional couples?

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