The Broke and The Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday every week and it is my favorite meme. This week's topic is: Top Ten Books that should be required reading for teens.
I don't know about you all, but I was kind of a pain when I was a teenager, and I didn't like people telling me what to read. However, there are some books that stand out as being "important books" during that turbulent period in my life. So, I took an autobiographical approach to this week's topic. There are plenty of great books out there, and teens should read as many as they can. This was just my way in to loving reading.
This list is chronological, beginning with the pre-teenish years.
10. Judy Blume, Are You There God It's Me, Margaret: I wanted to keep this book a secret, because I felt like it was letting me in on all sorts of secrets. Read it to know that we all share secrets.
9. Francesca Lia Block, Girl Goddess #9: Now girls have Laurie Halse Anderson; I had Francesca Lia Block.
8. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451: My first lesson that writers and readers are rebels.
7. George Orwell, 1984: My first feelings about politics came from this novel. It may not have shaped an ideology, but it provided a spark.
6. Richard Bach, Illusions: Adolescence is the perfect time for obvious philosophical novels. This one taught be about being in control of my own emotions.
5. Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: For some perspective: Some things are the same everywhere and others are really different.
4. J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey: Because it is better than Catcher in the Rye.
3. Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man: Because race is still an issue.
2. Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried: Because we still go to war.
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby: Because nobody does it like Fitz. This is the perfect ode to disenchantment and the end of adolescence.
What books inspired you to be a reader? Which ones taught you lessons you haven't forgotten?