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