I am back, and this time with my list of 135 High School Recommended Books 2018 (many would be enjoyed by adults also!). There is some crossover with the Middle School and Prep Recommended novels, but a vast majority are not on both lists. Again, I have placed the suggested novels on a wish list at the Book Depository so you can find out about all the novels in one place. And remember, that my focus was on novels that had not been adapted into movies. Though some have since I wrote the list!
This list began when a high school student of mine was frustrated that students in the class had only watched the movie for their book projects and he wanted a more fair system, and I appreciated this annoyance and wanted to rectify the problem. In the second semester the same student was enthused, inspired and thoroughly enjoyed reading once he knew there was a more effective system in place.
Some of the novels on the list have only been released in the last year, like the light Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brandt and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. And some are classics like my favourite novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger.
One great aspect of revamping my lists has been discovering which novels have been turned into graphic novels or movies. For example, I learned that Angie Thomas has a new novel coming out February 5th 2019 – On The Come Up, and that The Hate U Give movie will be released October 2018. The trailer was impressive! Also, Thomas’s new novel is based on Bri, a teen rapper, and it turns out Thomas was also a rapper in her past and a huge Tupac fan. In fact, The Hate You Give title was based on an acronym of THUG life. And discovering that a novel I loved, Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, was adapted into a grahic novel, drawn by Emily Caroll was hugely exciting (Which I mentioned in my last post but super stoked about it!)
I also really enjoyed creating both book lists, but found doing the High School list more freeing as there were so many more novels and genres that you could touch upon in more depth. For instance, there is a larger murder mystery, coming of age and graphic novel sections accordingly.
NB: If there is some explicit language, violence or LGBT themes I have noted it alongside the book summary.
Has anyone read any of the novels on the list or have some further suggestions? All are welcome.
I had planned on reading The Tattoist of Auschiwitz, by Heather Morris next, but I decided to take a break from the Holocaust and read the novel below, now that my student has finished it!
Thank you for reading.