This week’s Top 10 from The Broke and The Bookish is a freebie and I’ve been thinking a lot about the consistency in hearing that people who love to read hated the books assigned in high school. I do think there is value in the classics, but I also think that the high school curriculum can get bogged down by them and neglect contemporary fiction. I think if you mix in some contemporary fiction that students enjoy you’ll have an easier time getting them into the classics. I also like the idea of pairing contemporary books with classics.
Here are my top 10. If I could think of a good classic "pair" I included it.
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne)
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger)
3. A Time to Kill by John Grisham (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (1984 by George Orwell)
5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank)
6. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
7. Exile by Richard North Patterson (Mila 18 by Leon Uris)
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Beloved by Toni Morrison)
9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Kossini
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Confession time - I haven't read "To Kill a Mockingbird", "1984", "Jane Eyre" or "Beloved". I paired those based on summaries. Also I don't know if "Mila 18" or "Beloved" can really be called classics. I do think they make good discussion books, especially when paired. Making this list actually made me add a couple classics to my TBR pile.
Anyone have any suggestions for classics to pair with my last 4 contemporary reads? Any contemporary reads you think would be great additions to curriculum?