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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Books on my Syllabus if I taught Fiction 101

Welcome back to another installment of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme...Top Ten Books that would be on your Syllabus if you taught X 101. I decided to "teach" Fiction 101- although not terribly exciting, there are a lot of books that could be placed on this syllabus. Here are my top ten (with some help from Goodreads...) :

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Rowling, J.K. 1997-2007.
The whole series, because otherwise that would take up 7 of my 10 books. But if I had to pick a specific one it would be The Prisoner of Azkaban. Click the links below for Amazon links of each book for purchase.

The Sorcerers Stone
The Chamber of Secrets
The Prisoner of Azkaban
The Goblet of Fire
The Order of the Phoenix
The Half-Blood Prince
The Deathly Hallows

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Zusak, Markus. 2005.
This was an incredible read. My brother even enjoyed it (and he's not a huge reader). Get it here.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Green, John. 2012.
Do I really need to say anything else about this book? If you've heard about it, you know that it's a great read and (at least for me) made me think about the important things in life. Get it here.

4. The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Niffenegger, Audrey. 2003.
Yes this can be classified to a romance novel, but it is such a good read! I was a little apprehensive at first, but it was beautiful. Get it here.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Austen, Jane. 1813.
Yes I loved this book. However, I realize it isn't for everyone. But I highly suggest that you read it at least once in your life. Get it here.

6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Bradbury, Ray. 1953.
The first time I read this, I actually really hated it. The second time I read it, I began to fully appreciate it. How different the world would be if we couldn't have any books. Get it here.

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Huxley, Aldous. 1931.
This was another one that I didn't fully appreciate when I read it originally. But looking back, it's important to read about a future world that is brainwashed into accepting societal standards and way of living. Reminds me that it's important to be able to think for ourselves. Get it here.

8. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Plath, Sylvia. 1963.
This is an important read with a look into the mental illness of a woman who is going insane. This was another one I read many years ago and I didn't actually understand at the time. Now, I find it a must-read for everyone. Get it here.

9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini, Khaled. 2003.
I absolutely loved the storyline of this book. However, it is so much more than that. It shows the differences in culture and that we shouldn't take our lives, freedoms and customs for granted. Actually, all of Hosseini's books should be read. Get it here.

10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Brown, Dan. 2003.
I know many people had a lot of issues with this book when it first became popular many years ago. But it is a really good read about how everything isn't always as it seems. Get it here.
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