Top Ten Tuesday - Books Every Teen Should Read

Hey guys! This week's TTT over at The Broke and the Bookish is about the books every teenager should read. I feel like there are a bunch of books that I've read lately that I've thought, "man, I wish I read this when I was a teenager!", so this was a fun topic for me to cover.

1. The Catcher In The Rye - one of the first books that I read as a teen that really got me excited about reading again. I know it's typically a love it or hate it book, but as a 14 year old, I really connected with it.
2. To Kill A Mockingbird - I didn't read this until I was in college and remember thinking I missed out by not reading it as a teen.
3. Speak - While I wasn't super crazy about it, I think it deals with some heavy issues that teenagers should be aware of.
4. Fahrenheit 451 - A must-read for anyone interested in the printed word.
5. The Diary of Anne Frank - This book has so much to offer- a history lesson and a connection to another teenager, this is one that young girls especially need to read.
6. The Giver - Another fantastic book that I didn't read until I was in my 20's.
7. Shine - Having just read this, it's still weighing heavily on my mind. It teaches a good lesson about tolerance.
8. The DUFF - an honest book about the pressures of being a teen and discovering yourself.
9. Invisible Man - I first read this book in my AP Lit class and it ended up being one of my favorite books of all time. I don't know if it's because of the great discussions we had, but I think everyone should read it in high school.
10. The Harry Potter series - Because every teen deserves some fun reading! If I hadn't read this series, I don't think my reading habits would be the same today.


  1. I have saw To Kill A Mockingbird on just about every list so far (including mint). It proves what a fantastic book it is. I also had The Diary of Anne Frank and loved Fahrenheit 451. Great list.

  2. Some good ones here , I went with more Contemporary Edgier Teen Novels :)
    I have Speak and Shine on my List
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  3. I didn't include Cather in the Rye, but agree that it is a should read for teens. Ten just wasn't enough! Great list!

  4. You've got some great choices on your list- The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, etc.!

  5. Yes, Invisible Man ... amazing novel!

  6. Yay - another Holden Caufield fan! I'm surprised to not see it on more lists, but you are right that it's a love it or hate it kind of book.

  7. +JMJ+

    I actually taught The Catcher in the Rye to high school seniors--and I was surprised at how many of them hated it! =/ The other English teacher and I had put it on the syllabus because we thought our students would relate to Holden, and then there they were, wondering why he wouldn't get a grip. (LOL!) It did lead to some interesting conversations, though I don't think I'd assign the book again.

  8. I haven't read The Catcher in the Rye - I think I've mostly heard the "hate it" point of view, LOL. The Giver made my list too, such an excellent dystopian read!

  9. Invisible man is one of my favorite books of all time as well. I didn't read it until college, but I was technically still a teen. I think high schoolers should absolutely read it.

    I like Catcher in the Rye, but I like Franny and Zooey better.

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