Better Books Than You Will Read In School

So last night few of my girlfriends took on of those Facebook quizzes where you checked off all the books you read on the BBC top 100. I have to say 90% were books I was forced to read in school and I have different taste in reading than those books. While there were some classics on the list I would like to read in general I think there is a lot of books out there that are great that should be read. Here are just a few.

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) I will be the first one to admit that I was a late comer to the series, wizards come on? A friend highly recommended the series and I heard so many other people who also loved it so I said hey why not, I will read the first book. I read them all one right after the other and the last one came out 3 days after I finished the book before it. Definitely the way to read it, I am so happy I did not have to wait till each one came out. Read them before you see the movies there is so much more to the stories than the movies can show.

Angels & Demons. Look the DaVinci code was good but Angels and Demons is better. I made the mistake of starting this book on the plane for our honeymoon… I literally could not put it down. Very few books I list here have captivated me like this book. I read it in the pool, on the beach..etc. To be fair your Dad sleeps a lot at the beach so I was not being that rude.

Silent Spring. This book was written in the 1970’s by a remarkable woman who was able to see that humans reckless use of pesticides was on collision course to ruining the health of all animals on the planet including humans. Here we are 30 years after the book was written acknowledging she was right and fighting to correct our wrongs way to late. Even if you do not adopt my environmentalist philosophy you need to read this book.

Peoples History of the US. I will openly admit the movie Good Will Hunting is the only reason why I have ever heard of this book but it does not take away from how amazing this book is. First hand accounts from people who lived through American history are some of the most amazing things you will ever read and it will make you appreciate the history of this country in a way your history class will not be able to.

Superfudge. I read this book several times as a kid. I have no idea whether the story will be enjoyable in your modern times but I guarantee you will get a copy of it from me. I hope you like it.

The Necklace. It is a short story but one of the best I have read and I was required to read it in school. I love the message it sends and the general theme of being honest. When we cleaned out your great grandma’s Baba’s house when I was in 8th grade she had a book of short stories in her house from the 50’s and this story was in it. It was one of the only things I kept from her house, I am happy I have it.

Books about dogs… I have read several but you should read one of these: Marley and Me or anything by Jon Katz. I am not sure I will be able to show you the real value pets have on our life and I think these books have done a wonderful job of showing how hard it is and how fulfilling. I am not sure your father’s opinion of having pets is the same as me so we may not be able to experience pets the way I hope. I think these authors tell great stories that will touch you.

I hope you have an opportunity to find out what kind of books you like to read when you are young so you can experience reading for the joy it can be.

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2 Responses to Better Books Than You Will Read In School

  1. whatsaysyou says:

    I love reading as a kid and that habit is still with me to this day as a person in my twenties. Agree that Harry Potter is one of greatest literary works highly recommended. I also would like to recommend CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Adeline Yen Mah’s Chinese Cinderella, Lee Cunxin’s Mao’s Last Dancer, Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

    • green4u says:

      I have not read most of the books you listed. I did read the first book in the Chronicle’s of Narnia when I was kid and liked it.

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