Books that should be in every school library | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // I realize this book isn’t perfect – it’s far too focused on cisgender women. But it’s a great start for anyone wanting to learn more about feminism and why it’s still so necessary and important.

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee // I chose this book because it’s a non-fiction book that’s really easy to read. It follows the author’s life as a little boy in North-Korea both in the capital and the countryside after being sent away from the capital. It also talks about his escape from North-Korea. I think it’s important to read about nations we don’t know much about, especially when all we know comes from prejudice and assumptions.

Am I Normal Yet? (Spinster Club #) by Holly Bourne // It’s important to start a discussion on mental health and mental illness, especially with teenagers. In most countries, mental illness is still a taboo topic and so many people don’t know how to ask for the help they need. This book has such a positive message on therapy and medication! And it’s funny and relatable too.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // I think this book has some important things to offer students as well, in particular the discussions on sexuality and higher education. Not everyone has to go to university. And that’s fine! University isn’t the only way to achieve the things you want to, and Radio Silence opens that discussion.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legend of Orïsha) by Tomi Adeyemi // It’s important to have a variety of genres, so people can discover what type of books they like to read. So you have to add a fantasy book to the mix. Children of Blood and Bone would be the perfect pick because it’s not only a fantastic fantasy novel but it addresses racism, oppression, privilege and power as well.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson // This is a fun graphic novel series for teens. It focuses on the friendship between these girls at camp, which to me is very important. Friendships are important, people! It’s cute, easy to read and fun. What more do we need?

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // Obviously.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli // I adore Leah on the Offbeat and I know that it’s technically a sequel/companion novel but I wanted to include it anyway. It focuses on a fat main character whose journey is NOT about losing weight to find happiness. Yes, please and thank you. Also: bisexual rep!

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan // Another obvious pick. But it’s on this list for a reason. This series got so many people into reading, or even reading fantasy. So why not? It certainly played a large role in my love for reading.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // This is a fun historical fiction following an upper class guy, his sister and his best friend. It’s got some history, a lot of humor, feminism, fantasy, and the cutest best friends to lovers trope. YAY!

Those are 10 books I think should be in every middle/high school library.
Do you agree with me? Which books do you think every school needs?

37 thoughts on “Books that should be in every school library | #TopTenTuesday

  1. This is the second time I have seen Leah on the Offbeat on a list and I am just sitting here kicking myself because its sitting on my shelf and I still have not read it. I annoy myself sometimes.


    1. Thank you! I think the reasons behind the picks are the most important thing to share, no? Otherwise how would anyone know why these books are so important 😀

      By the way, I love your TTT on spreadsheets. You’ve inspired me to step up my organizational game even more!


  2. I’ve seen TONS of things (all good I think) about ‘Blood and Bone,’ but haven’t read the book myself. Glad to know a hyped book is generally well thought of though; sometimes those end up being the most disappointing!


  3. I wish there had been a lot more LGBT books in my library at school. I remember reading Brokeback Mountain in sixth form, and a kid laughing and asking why I would read that. It was the first time a teacher had ever acknowledged homosexuality in my memory at school and I was 17


      1. Yeah for most YA books I feel like it doesn’t matter, but Radio Silence was so specific to that time in my life that I felt like it would have meant more to me if I’d read it whilst I was going through the same things as Frances.


  4. Great list! We Should All Be Feminists made my list this week, too – it’s a brilliant introduction to feminism. I’d love to see more books like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in school libraries, and Children of Blood and Bone is one I need to get to soon – I haven’t heard a single bad thing about it yet!


  5. I love this list! I definitely agree with it, especially Leah, We Should All Be Feminists, Harry Potter and The Gentleman’s Guide. They’re all great reading in different ways.


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