This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related. For mine, I’m posting the Top Ten Books for Every High School Kid, but in no particular order.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Every student should have to read this book from an analytical point of view. Talk about the themes as they pertain to the time in which it was written and Twain’s life.
- Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. I remember trying to get through Dracula by Bram Stoker in high school and slogging through every page. Carmilla should be read, in my opinion, before Dracula because 1.) It’s the definitive and basic tale of vampires and 2.) It’s shorter and easier to read. I was turned off by Dracula for about ten years before I read it in college and loved it. I now consider it one of my favorite books.
- Something from the Lost Generation and please, let’s skip The Great Gastby for pete’s sake. I’d personally pick something from Hemingway like The Old Man and the Sea or A Farewell to Arms or my personal favorite, A Moveable Feast. There are so many great novels by any of the Lost Generation authors that it doesn’t always have to be Gatsby.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Gosh! I loved this novel. I think it’s more important to learn about this author, her life, and all the things she said and believed than it would be to read her novels, but the novel is a great place to start.
- Poe’s collected works. Haha. Joking. But more than just The Raven. It seems like that’s all that’s ever assigned. Memorize the freaking Raven. How about The Cask of Amontillado? Or The Black Cat? Poe was a prolific writer. Pick something out of the ordinary.
- , 7., 8., 9., & 10. Writing guidebooks. The APA should be one of them. High school students are sent off to college and out into the world without the proper tools and knowledge for writing. I have papers and statistics for this, but I’m too lazy to find them on my computer. College certainly isn’t for everyone, but chances are, you are going to run across at least one instance in your life where you have to write something on a professional level; you should know what you’re doing. Also, a book on how to read critically should be one of the five.