Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday--Contemporary and Classic Pairings

I am so excited to be participating in my first Top Ten Tuesday!  It's hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a really fun way to stay connected with other book bloggers and see some of their book favorites!

Today's Top Ten is about YA books that could be paired with classics.  I love this topic because I think there are some great YA books that could really be explored in a classroom.  So here's my list:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding/The Maze Runner by James Dashner--A group of teen boys trying to survive together.  Some turn bad, some become leaders, and danger lurks...

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne/Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson--Two female protagonists turned into outcasts because of a decision they made.  But if only people looked beyond their initial judgment... 

  • Night by Elie Wiesel/Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys--Intense view of life in a concentration camp...and anything by Ruta Sepetys is SO GOOD!

  • 1984 by George Orwell/Matched by Ally Condie--Societies where everything is chosen for you and constantly monitored.  But these main characters aren't satisfied with staying in that life.  Not a lot of action in either of these books but both are very thought-provoking.

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen/Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles--They hate each other, then they love each other--both SO GOOD!  The most popular classic and YA romances, for sure.

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan/Blue Plate Special by Michelle Kwasney--The lives of various women are connected through time.  Nice and sentimental with a few surprises thrown in here and there

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller/Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill--Obviously both about the Salem Witch Trials, but Hemphill's book gives light to some of the minor characters of Miller's play.  

  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger/An Abundance of Katherines by John Green--Young men trying to find themselves by taking a literal and metaphorical journey (and shouldn't all schools have SOMETHING by Green in their curriculum???)

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee/My Mother the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow--Both focus on civil rights with adult decisions affecting the young protagonists

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien/The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness--Unanticipated journeys with crazy action, unique characters, and special powers


  1. Great match ups. Would you have students read both? Interesting.

    Here are my thoughts on the Best Required Reading!

    1. I think it would be great for students to read both to get a feel for the similarities/differences.

  2. The Maze Runner and The Knife of Never Letting Go are 2 of my faves and I agree - they would make excellent additions to the curriculum.

    Tanya Patrice

  3. Speak is a great choice! I found that novel very confronting to read, but the conclusion was so rewarding.

    Also, I just have to say that I love your name!

    Delicious & Fictitious

    1. Delicious & Fictitious is an awesome name, too!

  4. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird so now I want to read my Mother The Cheerleader. Great list!

    1. Thanks, Tiffany! I had fun putting the list together.

  5. Such great pairings! I was drawing a blank on what to pair with P&P, can't believe I didn't think of Perfect Chemistry - such a great idea! :) Also, first time I've seen Lord of the Flies with Maze Runner instead of Divergent or Hunger Games. This is a great list.

    My TTT: