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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Books That Would Be Great Paired With A Required Reading Book

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday18 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is all about that we feel would be great when paired with a required reading book.

1) Persuasion by Jane Austen (my review) with For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (my review) – FDSTS is just one of many modern adaptations of Austen’s work and on that is very true to the essence of the original story. While I think everyone should read Austen the language of the day isn’t always as accessible to the modern reader. Which is why reading FDSTS could be a good substitute as the themes are the same as well as incorporating other concepts of discussion as well. Reading the two together could also add in some fun compare and contrast discussions as well as make Austen seem more approachable.

2) The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank with Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram (my review) – I think these two would be paired well together as a way to connect teens across the globe. Anne Frank and Dang Thuy Tram lived in different times, in different parts of the world but they each saw horrible wars and human atrocities  Their diaries are raw and engaging as they were written by girls who never expected them to be read by others. Reading these together could spark some good discussions on just how similar cultures are.

3) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury with The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (my review) – The common theme here are book thieves, both of these stories has a thief and they steal to preserve words. The characters in these books live in a world where words and books are forbidden and they risk everything to steal a few of those words back. Reading these could spark good discussions on censorship and the power of one person against a dictatorial government.

4) Frankenstein by Mary Shelly with This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel – As we Persuasion and For Darkness Shows the Stars these two books compliment each other as they are both Frankenstein stories.

5) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair with Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser – The reason I read The Jungle is because I learned a lot about it during my read of Fast Food Nation. The Jungle is one of those rare works of fiction that sparked real change in the world. This book help create the spark that establish the FDA. Without this book, that body of government may not exist. Fast Food Nation is a pretty comprehensive book as how the fast food industry became such a powerhouse in the US – and it has its roots in The Jungle.

6) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare with When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle – Another instance of a classic paired with a modern adaptation. Romeo & Juliet is their story and in When You Were Mine it brings all those characters into the modern world and is told from Rosalind’s POV.

Edited to add:
After visiting AndiABC’s TTT I thought that one of her books, would also work well here as well. That is The Program by Suzanne Young (my review) which deals with teen suicide and forbidden love. As we all know Romeo & Juliet isn’t just a story of star-crossed lovers its also a tragedy where teens end up killing themselves.

7) The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe with Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin – I just love these classics paired with modern adaptions! Just think of all the fun discussions that could be had when comparing the original with its adaptation. Especially with one that is as spooky as Poe’s Masque of the Red Death.

8) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath with Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith – Both of these books deal with mental illness and are set in two different time periods. Can spark some discussion on how views on mental illness have changed over time and just how people react when they exhibit symptoms.

9) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood with Eve by Anna Carey and/or Partials by Dan Wells (my review) – I couldn’t decided on just one book to pair with The Handmaid’s Tale and there are probably others I could have chosen as well. All three take place in a future where the world as we know it have collapsed and girls are forced into roles that they might not have chosen others wise, just because they might be able to carry a child to term.


10) Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski with Stolen by Lucy Christopher (my review) – In all honesty I haven’t read Indian Captive but I really wanted to work in Stolen onto my list and so was given this title by a friend. About all I can say is that both books deal with girls who were kidnapped and how they identify with those that took them.

18 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Books That Would Be Great Paired With A Required Reading Book”

  1. justcaffeinated

    Great list! I <3 Persuasion and I actually have that title by Edgar Allen Poe waiting to be read on my eReader 🙂 I haven’t read Fahrenheit 451 but I totally agree with pairing it up with The Book Thief 🙂

    My TTT

    • Irish

      If you liked Book Thief then you’ll probably like Fahrenheit 451 – its a really good book – a short, quick read.

  2. Vivien

    OMG I absolutely loved this post. I completely agree with all of your selections. I always try to read the classic version of a book when a YA title takes it on. It has really helped me read those books I should have already read 🙂 Scarlet Pimpernel is next on my list.

    • Irish

      I always like to read the classic when I know a book as been adapted. It really brings out an extra flavor in the book when you know its source. 🙂

    • Irish

      Thanks! Your list is good too. 🙂

      And once I saw the Program I just knew it would be something that would be perfect to go with R&J so thanks for putting it on your list. 🙂

  3. Elizabeth

    This is such a great list! I haven’t read…any? (wow I really haven’t) of the modern pairings so shame on me, but they’re almost all on my TBR. And of course I love the classics (The Handmaid’s Tale should absolutely be required reading and I love ALL Jane Austen because yes.)

    • Irish

      Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books and is on a lot of required reading lists…I always peek at the summer reading lists when bookstores post them and this one usually makes it. 🙂

  4. Britt

    Quite the list! I never even thought of Fahrenheit 451, but The Book Thief is a fantastic pairing for that. A lot of these I haven’t even read, I guess I’ll have to get on that. Excellent pairings!

  5. thepagesage

    Love the pairing of The Book Thief and Fahrenheit 451! Eve would be great for a dystopian unit and your Stolen pairing reminded me that I wanted to pair that with The Great Gatsby (obsessive love and all that).

    Great list!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  6. raindropsandpages

    You’re first person I’ve seen pair The Dairy of Anne Frank/The Book Thief. And if more people read Fast Food Nation I think it would spark the same food reform movement that the Jungle did. Great list, and thank you for stopping by my TTT. 🙂

  7. Lanaia M.

    I didn’t know For Darkness Shows the Stars is a modern adaptation of Persuasion, I will definitely check it out now! This is the second time I see Frankenstein paired with This Dark Endeavor, now I’m really excited to read both, they look so gothic 🙂
    Great list! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂