Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be Great Paired With Required Reading

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic took a lot of thought. I’m sure many of the contemporary books I chose are currently required reading in some schools but they weren’t when I was in school (I wish they had been). So I chose one book that was required reading for me in high school or university and paired it with something that would not only been enjoyable, but would also offer great material for drawing connections.

1. 1984 by George Orwell paired with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Both dystopian reads, I feel these would be excellent resources for an essay on government control.

    The Hunger Games

2. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger paired with Looking for Alaska by John Green: Given that Salinger’s works greatly influenced Green, this pairing seems like a given.

    Looking for Alaska

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien paired with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: The parallels that can be drawn between these works are undeniable.

LOTR Fellowship of the Ring    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

4. Watership Down by Richard Adams paired with The Sight by David Clement-Davies: Both books told from animal perspectives could result in an interesting essay on anything from symbolism to social dynamics.

    The Sight

5. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie paired with Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: It would be interesting to compare how Barrie’s classic characters have been reimagined.

Peter Pan    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Which contemporary books would you pair with required reading books for school? Share your answers in comments.

These titles are all available from The Book Depository.

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