In my last post I blabbered on about books I’ve studied in school that I actually liked so, as promised, today I will blabber a lil more, this time about books that I wish I were studying right now instead of Pride and Prejudice, the 19th century novel I have to know for my exams. I mean I like Pride and Prejudice, as I grew up watching its various adaptations, but the book is so difficult to understand?? The Shakespeare play I’m studying, Much Ado About Nothing, is (for me) easier to understand than Pride and Prejudice is, despite it being written 200 years earlier. Strange but true…
Anywayy let’s get on with the actual post, shall we?
(click the booky photos to go to their goodreads page)
The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak
If you’ve read this wonderful book then you don’t even need to ask me why I’d love to study it at school. But if you haven’t read it (which of course you should because it’s a MASTERPIECE) then I’ll break down the reasons for ya:
1) It’s set in WWII Germany so would be educational for a History class
2) The writing is so enchanting and would be perfect for a language analysis question in English
3) It explores a wide variety of topics surrounding war but also just childhood and family so would be a great book to write essays about in an English Literature exam
4) Did I mention it’s a masterpiece?
(Also haha you can so tell that school has taken its toll on me, I’m literally planning lessons and exams around this book…)
The perks of being a wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky
This book would be such a good one to study! It’s well-written, thought-provoking, fearless with its discussion of high schoolish topics etc. while also being enjoyable and relatable to us schoolkids. Perks would be so interesting to do in school, especially with its frequent references to ’90s American culture. And the film is great sooooo there’s a bonus.
A Monster Calls ~ Patrick Ness
The writing in this is so so gorgeous, the storytelling is brilliant and the themes of family and loss are so thoughtfully woven into the tale… This book is just beautiful and deserves to be read by the whole country, so if (for whatever wild reason) I get to parliament, the first thing I’ll do is change the syllabus so that everyone is taught this book because IT BEAUT. Also I’m reviewing it very soon so keep those eyes peeled y’all.
Star of Kazan ~ Eva Ibbotson
I read this book a long time ago, but it still wanders the corridors of my mind (even though I hardly remember any of it, not even the main character’s name oops) so I thought I’d slip it in here because I think it would be a good book to just talk about in a class. I have a feeling the writing was very good so it could be studied in English? (Ahaha I really need to reread this sometime soon…)
Lascar ~ Shahida Rahman
Ah Lascar would be a perfect book to study! In English, History, Religious Education… There’s so much in it to explore and discuss because it’s focused around the treatment of racial minorities in Victorian England, but there’s also a lot about family and aak THE LOVE IN THIS BOOK. So many things to take away from it yet not enough people have taken away what is to be taken away! It must be studied immediately. Someone call the Secretary of State for Education and get them to sort out this mess.
So that is the list of books I’d love to study in school! There are more but my brain is too tired to think of others and also 5 is my favourite number and the only one I use for listy posts because it’s my favourite number. Did I say that already? Yeah, I’m a go sleep now.
BUT WAIT! I’m aware that some of y’all may have already studied these yourself in school and if so, that’s great! What was it like? And if not, would you love to study these books too? Or any others? Tell me all the things.