Welcome to today’s Wacky Wednesday post. Todays subject is must read books for High School students. Please keep in mind these are just my personal opinions. Now that we have gotten that put of the way, lets jump in…
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I love this book. An all time favourite of mine that change the way I look at the world. I have read many books about war and conflict but I never stopped to think about these situations through the eyes of a child. This book really opened my eyes to the children affected by war. This is something that I still think about today when reading about or seeing something about conflict.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: I adore this book. This book was my first experience with social economic disconnect. I had never seen this sort of rift between rich and poor and the assumption of good and bad in my life. Unfortunately its all too common now, but at the time I first read this book it was a new concept to me. After reading this book I definitely try to remember that it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, all that matters is the person that you are.
Holding The Man by Timothy Conigrave: This is another book that strengthened my desire for equality. Seeing these men and women and the struggles they went through for love just broke my heart. The world needs more Love and it shouldnt matter who you love. I was truly moved by this book and I hope im a better person for reading it. At least I try to be.
Anna’s Story by Bronwyn Donaghy: I read this book in high school and it really resonated with me. As a teenager, I found myself with the ‘it wont happen to me’ attitude. After reading this book I no longer thought that. Given that Anna was close to my age and in a situation that I could have easily been in, I started to think ‘it could have been me’. This book helped to open my eyes and made me think before I acted, because no one is untouchable.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This book is a must read for everyone. Dealing with issues of rape and racism in the American South, this book is truly a masterpiece. This is one of the few books I read as a teen that I can still feel the impact of when I think about it.
Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally: The incredible book that lead to the making of the Oscar-winning movie Schindler’s List. This haunting book, tells the true story of Oscar Schindler’s efforts to save Jewish people during the Holocaust. This book is a book everyone should read at least once in their life.
Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank: With limited knowledge of World War 2, I was unprepared for what I was about to read when I picked up this book. This book ignited my desire to study the Holocaust. It also gave me the maturity to understand that people are a lot worse of then I am and to live every moment the best I can.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: I had been fortunate to go to a school that had a great special need department but I had never had any experience with people with a physical disability only intellectual. Reading this book really opened my eyes to how people with a physical disability are treated and in small part how they feel. I have since read many book written by a person with a disability which I don’t think I would have done if I hadn’t read this book.
Anne Of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: This beautiful book is a must read for all teenagers. Dealing with issues of adoption, displacement and loss, all told through the eyes of 11-year-old Anne. This book perfectly follows Anne as she grows up and starts to see the world through less innocent eyes. I absolutely adore this book and I think the world is a better place because of it.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: If you havent heard of this story, what have you been doing? This beautiful book follows teenage cancer patients as they deal with love, loss and living with cancer. This book changed the way I think about illness and in some ways opened my eyes to real struggles that are faced by far too many young people and their families. I honestly believe everyone would benefit from reading this book.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: I adore this book. I remember when I first decided to read it I wasnt sure I would like it, I am so glad I was wrong. This beautiful book always leaves me feeling inspired. I know some people can find this book hard to read, with its multi-layered storylines, but if you give it a chance I truly believe we can all take something away for this amazing book.
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: This book will move you to tears. Following a young German boy who befriends a Jew boy living in a concentration camp during World War 2. This book is completely heartbreaking and gives a different perspective of WW2. This book is a must read for everyone but especially high school students.
Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi: This deeply personal memoir is a must read for everyone. Detailing Portia De Rossi’s battle with anorexia and her struggle with her self-worth. This book is heartbreaking yet completely necessary. Everyone should read this book, especially young women,
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke: This deeply moving book is a snap shot of author of Maxine Clarke’s upbringing in Western Sydney. This book will definitely pull on you heartstrings and make you look at yourself in the mirror. This heartbreakingly beautiful memoir is not to be missed.
Well that’s it from me. Let me no if you have read any of these books or if you think I missed a book that should have been included on this list.
Until next time…