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.
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.
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.
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.