books that should be required reads


Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I wanted to talk about top 5 books I feel like should be considered required reads at school. Now, the thing is: I hate required reads. Which in retropsect and considering I just did my last college entrance exam a week ago and am not optimistic at all, I do not recommend. Do your required reading, kids! Especially if they count something for your college entrance, like for me.

I love reading, but required reads are just painful. Firstly, because they’re classics with an ancient writing that I simply can’t grasp. Secondly, because the themes are, more often than not, boring and unrelatable. I can not think of one single novel that I was required to read during high school that was able to form me as a human being, because most themes were adult-centered.

So, thinking of that, I decided to narrow down five books that I feel like every teenager should read at school & discuss more about.

12000020I wanted to mention Ari & Dante and not only because I am this book #1 stan, but also because I genuinely believe so many teenagers will be able to relate to this. Ari & Dante explores family, friendships, sexuality and every single question that goes through a teenage mind. Ari’s relationship with his father mirrors so many relationships, including my own with my dad. I think that’s what required reads should be more about: showing teenagers that they are not alone in their struggles. Relating to Ari was one of the most poweful moments of my life, and I really wish more people would have the chance to do so.

257140The White Rose is an unique historical fiction that, frankly, has changed my life. This one follows a resistance movement, named The White Rose, during Nazi-German. The leaders of the movement, Hans and Sophie Scholl, were both college students, who wrote and distributed panflets against the German government. I feel like this is the perfect book to discuss in an academic environment: firstly, there’s the examination of panflets and the quotations they add into each one of them that can spark great English lectures; but also there’s a chance to discuss how these teenagers were able to resist, when they grew up in a Nazi-German. Hans and Sophie were both part of the Hitler Youth and became resistance when adults, mostly because of the education that they were provided with. It’s a very interesting point of view, hardly ever explored on class, as we see most of Anne-Frank-like narratives, but just as important to be discussed!

33294200Speaking of books that would be well explored on class (spare my Educational nerd, here, okay, folks? I clearly want to be a teacher and this shows, I apologize LOL), Poet X has to be one of them. Granted, I DNF-ed this book. But that’s because stories written in verse are not my thing and I in fact hate poetry’s guts. However, this book is so much better than most of the poetry I was ever introduced to when in high school. It’s approachable, fun and tackles subjects that most kids can relate to, such as religion, feminism and identity. At the end of the day, these are so much better than all the romantic crap from the 1800s.

16147088Next on my list, is The Outsiders. I know this is technically a required read in multiple schools in America, but not in my country. In fact, I don’t even think this book was ever published in Portuguese! Which brings me the idea to explore this in English classes! (Okay, I swear to God my inner-teacher will stop now). But, really, this is a short historical fiction, allowing discussions on both the time period – the 1960s – as well as examining the characters’ relationships and feelings. Susan E. Hinton wrote this book because she wanted something to represent what teenagers were actually going through. 50 years later and adults still have no idea. But I think this book can be a peace of mind for a lot of kids going through rough times.

11387515Lastly, I have Wonder! I know Wonder is technically a middle grade book, but in my country (or at least in my school), we have required reads all throughout middle school too. In my opinion, though, Wonder should be an all-age required read. This book talks about bullying and acceptance in one of the kindest, purest ways I’ve ever experienced. It’s lyrical and beautiful, and I really think will spark students to see each other through a new lense. Auggie really is a wonder of a character and has the power to change even the nastiests high-school dynamics.


Alright! I really need to stop talking this much! Please, please, please, if you’ve made this far, let me know in the comments what books you’d make required reads in your imaginary school? And how do you feel about my choices? Would you gladly read them or look out for synopsis online? Let me know down below too!

18 comentários sobre “books that should be required reads

  1. I was never a big fan of required reads either especially when they made you read it aloud in front of everyone– so nervous about that 😂
    But it would be great if they included more fresh books. I really want to read Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. Poetry was not my favourite either, much preferred the books.
    I would say the book theif would be another idea for a required read– it shows the important of words and set in world war 2. I really like your ideas– I need to get to some of them. 😊

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    • Oh my God, I can not even imagine having to do a required read in front of the entire class. Speaking in public is one of my biggest fears! I only had to face it once, and it was so embarrassing I still have nightmares about it, hahah.
      Poetry is definitely not my thing. I tried my best, especially with those modern poetry books, like Rupi Kaur, getting so popular, but I just can’t work through it.
      Oh, yes, The Book Thief! I actually have never read this one, though a suuuuuper popular book. Mostly, because the size just intimidated the hell out of me, but I know I should! Anyway, I’m sure it would be a delightful assigned read!
      Thank you so much for your comment! 💛

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      • I know I hate public speaking– it’s the worse. Haha me too– just keep thinking about it 😂
        I haven’t tried modern poetry too much but I am tempted to see if I like it but I’m not sure 😂
        Yeah I was surprised how much I liked it because it wasn’t by usual go to. I think the narrator made it for me.
        You’re welcome 💛


  2. Oh I hated required reading so much in class, I never really enjoyed the books we had to read and it always bothered me, some were really such a pain to get through haha :) I love your choices here! I really want to read The Poet X, though I never really tried a book written in verse like that,I’m so curious to see if I’d enjoy it and I’ve heard so many good things about it :)
    Lovely post! <3

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by, Marie!
      I feel like requred reads are always a pain to get through – probably why I never did them, hahah. I do think that some stories could’ve actually been enjoyable, but the way that they were firstly introduced always made me see them on a negative light. The writing didn’t help with the understanding either, so I guess I’d never really know.
      The Poet X was definitely an interesting experience, it just sadly didn’t work for me. I couldn’t connect with the story nor the characters and I was cringing a little bit at the writing. Hopefully, you’ll have a better experience with it than I did!
      Once again, thank you so much for your comment! ✨

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      • I’m with you on that, they were always introduced in a negative, non-appealing way and that always put me off :/
        Oh I hope I’ll like it better then, fingers crossed :) you’re welcome! ❤️


    • The Poet X is definitely a well loved book, and even if I didn’t love it as much, I still recognize it as an amazing read. If you like poetry, I’m sure you’ll love this one!
      I also need to read Anger is a Gift; I’m sure it would’ve showed up in this list if I had read it before.
      Thanks for your comment, Cam!


  3. this is such a great list and great post! i’ve always wanted to do a post about required reading, and so it’s cool to see other’s take on it. though i love reading and can get through classics fine, i’ve had a lot of issues with required reading. i really wish we could read literature from a variety of marginalized voices and different types of literature, because it does get tiring constantly reading about the white, straight man in school. but i heard that the required reading selections are more diverse next year, and i’m so excited! i really think that the hate u give should be taught in schools, i would love to analyse and discuss the issues it deals with in a classroom setting. happy reading!


    • Thank you so much, Taasia!
      I completely agree with you: it’s tiring to read about the same issues, through the same perspectives. I really believe required reads should be more diverse, as a way to make readers relate to it more as well! It’s so important to see yourself in a book or any media, and I think our required reads fail on addressing that.
      And I completely agree with you on The Hate U Give! It’s such an important discussion; it would make a great class, for sure!
      Once again, thanks for your lovely comment! 💛

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      • Absolutely! While (I think) one of the main hopes is that required reading will make non-readers readers, I find that a lot of non-readers are driven away as they find it boring and not engaging, because how can they? Including more modern, diverse perspectives and literature could make a WORLD of difference, imo


  4. The Outsiders has and always will be my favourite book. I never had to read it as required but some classes in my school did, but discovering it on my own made me love it even more. I now even have a tattoo for it!


    • I love the fact that this book had such a deep impact on your life, Em. I love hearing about such stories! 💛 I also believe that reading books on your own, rather than having it as an assigned read, makes it for a much better experience overall, so I’m glad you did. It really is a phenomenal story!


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