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So, I’m not really in love with this topic. I’m generally not a fan of any lists that talk about required reading. I understand that schools need to require students to read certain books, but I think it takes away so much from the joy of reading. But I’m going to do my best here.
In no particular order . . .
1. Mythology by Edith Hamilton & The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan.
Don’t you think these two would be awesome paired with each other?
2. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift & Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.
They’re both satires, so they would mesh well together. Also, I think it’s really important to offer more books about women.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Okay, so technically Rebecca isn’t really a contemporary novel, but I think these two go so well together. They’re both about women learning to be confident in themselves. And they both have that suspenseful, haunting feeling.
4. Night by Elie Weisel, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank & Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Maus by Art Spiegelman.
Perfect got a WWII unit. I think reading these for a history class would be great because it lets students understand how people felt during this time period. It’s more than just facts and dates.
5. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein & The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
This would showcase two different types of fantasy.
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
Okay, so this is kind of a stretch, but I think both of these books deal somewhat on societal expectations. Obviously, they’re very different. P&P is a lot about life for women in the U.K. in the early 19th century, and Part-Time Indian is a modern day book about life for Native Americans living on reservations. But I think that reading they together would bring up a lot of different topics.
Yeah, so that’s all I’ve got. This was really difficult. I could barely remember the books I had to read for school, let alone what those books were really about. And then to think of books that would work with the classic. So difficult!