Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Set as Part of my (Fictional) School Syllabus

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a back to school freebie, so I picked Top Ten Books I’d Set as Part of my (Fictional) School Syllabus.

I didn’t hate high school when I was there so many years ago now, but what I did hate was being forced to pick up books I had no interest in (Julius Caesar anyone?). If I was in charge we would have read pretty much anything else. When I thought of this week’s school-themed freebie the first idea that came to me was setting a syllabus for my own fictional school, so that’s what I did.

Top Ten Tuesday #72


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a writer, and she even takes a creative writing course at university. She works hard on her stories, and even though some people may be sceptical of the fact that she writes fan fiction she’s good at it and has quite a following for her Simon Snow story.


The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The clue is in the name of this book. Granted the story is about wormholes and slipping through time which wouldn’t be the best thing to teach students, and there were times when I struggled with the maths in this book, but it would make for some fun lessons.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I don’t think the science in this book is accurate, but there’s plenty of it. Gemina is an incredible sci-fi read, and the drugs Nik and his family make could make for some interesting Chemistry lessons, but again I don’t know if it would be a responsible thing to teach students.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Maybe the events in My Lady Jane and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue didn’t actually happen, but I think it would have been much more fun learning about Eðian’s in Edwardian England or alchemy in 18th century Paris and Venice.



Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

A road trip story would make the perfect geography lesson, especially Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour as Morgan Matson has written the book in such a way that it’s as if the reader is travelling with them, seeing the same sites and towns.

The only thing better would be physically making the trip for real.


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

After an incident involving her brother, to cope with the tragedy affecting her family, Wing Jones starts running alone in the night and discovers a talent that could save her family. I hated P.E. in school, and when it comes down to it reading about running is as close to sport as I want to get.

Government Studies

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Granted these books are more like guides on how not to run a government, but be it Samantha Shannon’s Scion in The Bone Season or Vic James’s Equals in Gilded Cage both authors have created a very intricate world with an all-powerful government I can’t help but want to learn more about.

Government Studies

Food Technology

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Books with characters that love baking, like Cath in Heartless, always inspire me. In this one it wasn’t just the mouth-watering description of lemon tarts or rosewater macaroons I loved, but Cath’s passion when she talked about her dream of owning the best bakery in all of Hearts.

So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what books you’d set for your fictional schools’ syllabus.

43 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Set as Part of my (Fictional) School Syllabus

  1. I love Marissa Meyer! My sister read Heartless and loved the relationship between the hero and her love interest. If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet, I highly recommend. My sweet Cress and Scarlet and Winter! And Thorn and Jacin! Characters that have my heart :-))))))

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    1. She’s an incredible author isn’t she?
      Yeah I have read The Lunar Chronicles. It’s actually one of my all-time favourites series, and I am so excited for Wires and Nerve Volume 2 which is being released (kind of) soon. Those characters have my heart as well! 😀 ❤


    1. I definitely would have paid much more attention in my science classes if we’d been reading/studying Illuminae and Gemina! 😀 If only right?
      Oh yes, art was one I didn’t think of but it could definitely apply, they’re such beautiful books aren’t they?
      Thanks Lashaan! 😀

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  2. Oh I love this idea! I agree with so many of these books! Fangirl for English is a brilliant choice, as is Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour for geography. I would have loved history even more if My Lady Jane and Gentleman’s Guide were on the syllabus. Such a fun take on a sometimes dry subject. And Cath’s baking skills would make for a perfect guide/reference in food tech. Lovely choices! ❤


  3. Ahhh this school syllabus is the BEST!! I would love school forever if they assigned us these books instead of the books they make us read haha. I love your choices! Fangirl would be such a good pick for English ahah and yes! Reading about running is as close to sports I want to get as well. 😀 I haven’t read My Lady Jane yet but The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue would be SO great for history. Oh, is Food Technology really a class in England? That’s AMAZING oh my gosh I need this class haha. The baking aspect was one of my favourites in Heartless!! ❤ Loved this post!

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    1. Thanks so much Analee! 😀 Same here, I would have enjoyed going to school if these had been the books I was asked to read. Fangirl was the only option I could think of for English, but then when I thought of it I knew no other book would be as good. Yeah why run when you can just read about running! 😀
      If only the events of The Gentleman’s Guide and My Lady Jane were true history would have been a much more fun lessons.
      Ha, yeah, a whole class pretty much solely dedicated to baking. It was my favourite aspect in Heartless as well. 🙂
      Thanks so much! ❤

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  4. Oh what a fantastic topic, Beth, I love it! I also really like your picks. Amy & Roger would be such a good book for geography but…I’d be terrified to go to science class if we studied with Gemina 😂😂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. 🙂 If geography had been all about travelling all over the world I probably would have enjoyed that lessons a little more in high school. That’s something I didn’t think about but yeah actually. If what happened in Gemina could happen in real life that would be pretty scary wouldn’t it? 🙂

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  5. Is Food Technology a British class? 😂 This is so creative, I love it! Oh, Illuminae & Gemina would be SUCH great books for inspiring some scientific discussion, haha! And I’d love to learn more about the setting that Gentleman’s Guide is set in. I still have to read Fangirl, but I think I’ll really love it! Great post. ❤

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    1. Yes it is, it’s essentially just baking but calling it Food Technology makes it sound more lesson-y than it actually is! 😀
      Thanks so much May, and yeah how much more amazing would science classes have been if what happened in Illuminae and Gemina were what we studied. Same with The Gentleman’s Guide.
      I hope you enjoy Fangirl, it’s an incredible book in my opinion! 😀 Thanks May. ❤

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  6. This is awesome! Love it! I have read 5 of those, and they are great books. I am starting to really like books with food. Two that popped into my head were North of Happy (Alsaid) and Bittersweet (Ockler).

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    1. Thanks so much, and oh I’m glad to hear the five books on this list you have read are ones you enjoyed.
      Books with food are a serious weakness of mine, just because of how much I love to bake. They always inspire me to make something myself which I love about them. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much. Fangirl is an amazing book, and yeah as Cath is a writer I figured what better pick for English right? The Gentleman’s Guide is also an incredible book, one of my favourite reads of this year actually so I hope you enjoy it as well. 😀

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  7. This is such a good spin on the topic! I totally agree about Gemina for science. Even if it isn’t 100% accurate it’s enough to get me interested to study more science.

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  8. Loooove this! What a creative topic! I definitely wish in high school that we were allowed to read modern books rather than the standard classics. Would have made reading much more engaging!

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    1. Thanks so much Bridget, yeah I had a lot of fun with this topic though I can’t say I imagine any of these books actually being read in school during these lessons. 😀
      God yes, I was really not a fan of classics in high school so getting to read books like these, books I would have actually enjoyed, would have been so much better! 🙂

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  9. We did something very similar for our TTT. Called it “The New High School Reading List”. It’s always fun to imagine what you would have kids read. Everyone has different views on what’s important!

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    1. Thanks so much, yeah I thought this would be something a little different and a lot fun to post. 🙂 There’s plenty of baking in Heartless, it’s actually one of my favourite aspects of the book because I’m love baking as well. Oh that’s great to hear, I really hope you enjoy it in that case. 🙂


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