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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Teacher Shelf

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Top Ten Books on My Shelf if I were a Teacher

My choice of books that would be on my shelf in school if I were a teacher :) I'm not sure on what the 'rules' are of school reading materials, and I don't want to limit myself to specific grades, so here I go!

1. Jurassic Park

And possibly even The Lost World. These are number one favorites of mine, and it would make as a great book-to-movie discussion.

2. The Illiad, The Odyssey and The Aeneid

For some reason I was never made to read The Illiad in school, however I loved The Odyssey and The Aeneid (and I finally read The Illiad last year.) I feel these would be great way to learn about epic poetry and the Greek and Roman gods.

3. Cinder

So this is the beginning of one of my all-time favorite series, and I believe it would be a wonderful example on the study of fairytale retellings.

4. Sherlock Holmes and the case of the Speckled Band

Or maybe the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes. I mention this case more specifically because it was the story I read in school that really started my love for mysteries.

5. A Game of Thrones

A book that features multiple Point-of-views that I actually love! The ASOIaF series would be great for studying character development and world-building.

6.  Angela's Ashes

Everyone should read some non-fiction every once in a while to show the hardships of the real world, and this is a book I'd greatly recommend.

7. And Then There Were None

One of the greatest whodunnit's of all time and my favorite book! I'm sure I'll always find a chance to put this on any shelf.

8. Their Eyes Were Watching God

I finally read it this year, and I'm so mad I didn't read it earlier! This book would be great for historical fiction, as well as a good study on diction/ voice in a novel used to immerse the reader into the scene.

9. Life of Pi

A very introspective piece, and a good allegory.

10. Angels and Demons

Also The DaVinci Code, The Lost Symbol and The Inferno. I just really love this series and the art and historical conspiracies that occur. Such a great thrill!



  1. "Cinder" is one I've been meaning to read for eons now. But the good news is, the series is now complete so I can binge-read them. (So long as I get over being intimidated by their length.) Also, three cheers for Sherlock. An iconic character. :)

  2. Angela's Ashes is a great choice! Fab list.

  3. I really like a lot of the books on your list. The Life of Pi, Agatha, Holmes, Homer. My TTT lists some sci-fi cat books to read instead of doing homework.

  4. I loved both ASOIAF and the Lunar Chronicles!! I still need to read winter and the fourth in ASOIAF, though!! Here mine:

  5. Oh I loved the Life of Pi movie!! But still...haven't read the book. Eeeep. BOOKWORM SHAME. XD I will get to that though *nods sagely* And Game of Thrones is amazingly complex although I don't think I would've been ready for it in school though haha. 🙈🙊 AND A THOUSAND YESES TO CINDER.
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  6. Loved Life of Pi and And Then There Were None! The latter especially was just so gripping and creepy, which is great for a mystery novel. I loved Life of Pi too, but I actually prefer the movie - the visuals are undefeatable in my eyes. :P

  7. I would have LOVED it if one of my teachers had something like Cinder in their classroom. I mean, that or Great Expectations?? I'm choosing THAT! :) Great list!

  8. I agree with you on Cinder!

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  9. YES OMG I LOVED THE CINEMATOGRAPHY SO MUCH! I read the illustrated edition of Life of Pi which was beyond beautiful as well :D

  10. Thats okay! If you do get the chance to read Life of Pi, I'd recommend the illustrated edition :D I read that edition on my kindle and it was so beautiful and added to the experience. Cinder & Crew is bae!

  11. Yay! I totally understand, I waited a while before reading Winter, lol I just wasn't ready for the series to end. I also need to read the 5th ASoIaF book, I think I was holding off until a release date for Winds of Winter, but that doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon, lol!

  12. Thanks so much! It was definitely a favorite of mine when I read it in school :D

  13. Yessss to a good binge read, lol!! My mom just binge-read the entire Lunar Chronicle series and absolutely loved it, they got her back into reading again :D

  14. I didn't know there was an illustrated edition! I'll have to check it out - with that scenery I can only imagine it's BEAUTIFUL. <3

  15. I don't think that is happening anytime soon - but he is working on it!! He decided to stop working on the scripts for the tv show and started working on the book again :-)

  16. Wow, what a diverse group of books. I have been trying to borrow a copy of the first Game of thrones book from our library, but something always comes up when I'm next in queue and I don't end up checking it out. But I think I wouldn't have anyone younger than college age read a book with so much violence and sex in it. I totally agree on anything ancient Greek though, my personal favorite being Prometheus Ground.

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