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Top 10 Tuesday 28th August

on August 28, 2018

Welcome to another edition of Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the topic is all in honour of going back to school and I’m going to mix it up a bit. So…..

Top 10 Books About Or From School!

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this book as an English text when I was in year 10. It was one of the most powerful things I’ve ever read. Until this book (and actually, after it) I had a terrible record with set school texts. I didn’t really like them at all. To Kill A Mockingbird changed that for me. I absolutely loved this book and it became sort of legendary in my mind. I re-read it after starting the blog a few years ago and it was with some trepidation. What if it didn’t live up to my expectations? I really didn’t need to worry though because I loved this every bit as much as I did the first time I read it.
  2. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This came out well after I’d finished school and I read it ohhh….about six years ago? It’s set in a boarding school and revolves around a ‘war’ where three groups – boarders, townies and cadets fight for territory but there’s also a mystery from the past and omg this book broke my heart. It’s one of those books where it’s a bit murky at first and you’re like what is going on in these two timelines and then you put it all together and it’s a world of pain. But there’s also Jonah Effing Griggs. It’s one of my favourite ever books and I am jealous of people who read it for the first time because that’s an experience I cannot have again.
  3. The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Also set in a boarding school, albeit a very different boarding school from the book above. I was surprised how much I liked these, after putting off reading them for years. And the school sounded like a lot of fun, if you ignore the strigoi attack.
  4. Sweet Valley High created by Francine Pascal. These books (and the follow up, Sweet Valley University) probably defined my late primary school and very early high school reading. I was pretty obsessed with SVH as a 10/11 year old. Who didn’t want to be Elizabeth or Jessica Wakefield, with their blonde hair and sea green eyes and perfect figures? I was probably more an Elizabeth than a Jessica to be honest. I remember my cousin’s girlfriend gave me a huge bag of these and it was like Christmas.
  5. Across The Barricades by Joan Lindsey. I was given this to read as “extension” in about grade 7 or 8. I’d finished the book we’d been set (which I don’t even remember now) and my teacher let me go into the English faculty storage room and choose a few books to read from set texts for the years above my grade. I never realised at the time but it was actually the second in a series. It’s set in Northern Ireland (Belfast) during a tumultuous time and features a Catholic and Protestant falling in love. I had no idea it was part of a series until decades later – this was before the internet and Goodreads. This book stuck with me so much though.
  6. The Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Another series that is just incredibly important for how I became the reader I am today. I absolutely loved (most of) this series and around the time I was reading it there was also a TV show that was airing as well, so I was reading and watching pretty much in unison and it was just amazing. It’s like a Game of Thrones sort of experience, but 25 years ago!
  7. Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I honestly don’t know how old I was when I read this for the first time. 8 maybe? It was one of my favourite books and then when I was about 10, I met a girl who had recently transferred to my primary school and she was a reader too. We read through a lot of this series together and after I moved away and we communicated by letters, we often re-read it together too, writing our thoughts on favourite bits and what we were up to. I have such a soft spot for this series and how much I returned to it during my school years.
  8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. If there’s one book I think I’d like to make mandatory reading for teens, it could very well be this one. I wasn’t in high school when I read this (it wasn’t published until well after I’d left school) but for me, it says a huge amount about the high school experience and about bravery. This reminds me that I really need to read this book again. I’ve only read it once (borrowed it from the library) and I want to get to know it better.
  9. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. So cute. I liked this so much more than I thought I would too – especially given Etienne St Clair has a girlfriend. But there’s just something about it. And Paris – normally Paris doesn’t really excite me but I think it’s a bit different experiencing teens experiencing it. That idea of school in a foreign country is something that a lot of teens would be both excited and terrified about. This book has oodles of charm.
  10. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Oh my gosh I just read this trilogy and I loooooooved it so much! I know I’d have just died over it in high school and re-read it a million times and wondered how someone could turn something so humiliating into such a win. Peter Kavinsky! Also the Netflix movie of the first book is just achingly cute. Read + watch! You won’t regret it.

So this list is really just a Mish-mash of a couple of books I read and enjoyed for school, books that I feel formulated my school reading years and books that I’ve read that are set in schools. This list was quite fun and probably one of the harder ones because of the fact that I didn’t really have a lot of books to construct one list, which is why this one is full of different takes on the theme. But it was super fun and it’s made me really want to revisit some of these as an adult.

31 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 28th August

  1. Kay Wisteria says:

    Ahh love Anne of Green Gables and To All The Boys so much! Great list 🙂

  2. Anne Bennett says:

    Excellent and a variety of choices. School related TTT

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    I felt the exact same about To Kill A Mockingbird. It surprised me!

  4. Greg says:

    The Chronicles of Narnia holds a special place in my heart, even though a couple of the books I hardly remember? Which probably means a re- read is in order, although I kind of don’t want to interfere with those fuzzy nostalgia feelings I have for them! 🙂

    Vampire academy sounds like a lot of fun! And To All The Boys- haven’t read that but the Netflix show was awesome.

    • Yeah to be honest I’m not sure I ever re-read them……I may have just read them once at about 10/11 years old and that’s it haha. I wonder how they’d go now that I’m an adult.

      The Vampire Academy books are fun but the movie they did is a bit cringey.

  5. Shealea says:

    Speak was such a great read! I read it back in high school.

    This is a wonderful list!

    * TTT: 10 spreadsheet hacks to step up your blogging game

  6. I totally agree on To Kill A Mockingbird, I didn’t really enjoy any other set texts at school (ew Lord of the Flies and Macbeth) but I’m really glad my school made me read To Kill a Mockingbird (in Year 10 too lol)! I was also a big Narnia fan when I just started reading, Voyage of the Dawn Treader started me of on an obsession over boats 😛

    My TTT:

  7. I feel the same about To Kill A Mockingbird, pretty much the only book I was forced to read at school that I actually enjoyed! I only actually managed to finish The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe of the Narnia books, I tried Voyage of The Dawn Treader and Prince Caspian as well, but couldn’t finish either.
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  8. I’m pretty sure that I have a whole box of Sweet Valley High/Sweet Valley University books sitting in my garage somewhere. I inherited the Anne of Green Gables set from my grandma. She had me reading them when I was in middle/high school

    • Anne of Green Gables is the best. As a fellow redhead, she was the first real time I sort of saw ‘myself’ on a page. And she hated being called carrots as much as I did haha. There were a few people I wouldn’t have minded breaking a few slates over their head!

      I wish I’d kept my SVH/SVU books but I traded them in for more adult books when I was in my mid teens.

  9. Jazmin Jade says:

    We have a few similar things this week! Jellicoe Road is my favourite book and I try to put it on as many lists as possible hahaha It makes me so happy to see other people love it too!

  10. I really enjoyed both To Kill a Mockingbird and the Vampire Academy series! Great list today!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  11. Jovita says:

    I agree with you about Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, when my daughter was a teenager she suggested that I read this. Great list.

  12. Speak and To Kill A Mockingbird are awesome reads!

    Here’s a link to my TTT post for this week:

  13. Yes! To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time, and I also love Anne of Green Gables. 👍✨

  14. Speak is such a powerful novel. The movie was very good too. I sat down with my daughter when she was 14 and it was just us home and watched it with her (she’s not a reader) and had a teachable moment about so many things. She talked about the story with her friends and brought home some discussion from them as well. It was banned for a time in the US, which was my initial reason for reading it. Definitely an undervalued novel and a little heard of movie.

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