YA Studies 101 | Top Ten Tuesday

YA Studies 101 | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books on my Syllabus If I Taught … YA 101

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Hello bookworms and welcome to Josie’s Book Corner! It’s Tuesday, and of course that means it’s time for the regular weekly meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is an exciting one: your top ten books that would be on your syllabus if you were to teach X 101
We are meant to pick a certain subject, for example: YA Fantasy 101, Classic 101, Feminist 101 and the list goes on. I couldn’t go very specific, so I decided to go with YA 101! So, lets get started shall we? 

Welcome to YA 101 with Josephine from Josie’s Book Corner! 

Greetings bookworm! I’m glad you decided to join the YA 101 study class with me. In this class we will explore a range of top-notch (in my opinion) Young Adult books of our modern-day from a range of different genres. But before we get started on the actual studying, here is the syllabus of all the ten books you will need to read for this course… 

1. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey


As with all courses, there must be a classic involved that has been a constant on English study syllabi since I was studying in school (of course I still am studying, but hey! We learn something new every day!). Jasper Jones is a perfect classic historical fiction, contemporary novel that encompasses a coming-of-age story that explores a range of themes including hypocrisyracism and the nature of people and society during 1960s Australia. It is crucial to learn of the history of our world and the issues that they had to contend with at the time, because they help give us perspective to the world we live in today. 

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien


The high-fantasy works of Tolkien cannot go unnoticed and will forever stand as a classic reading for the study of high fantasy. Granted, it may take a little bit of dedication getting into it, but once you do, you’ll be immersed in a take of epic adventures, humorous shenanigans, a cast of fantastic characters and a story you won’t forget as you follow in the steps of a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


A uniquely written, immersive YA sci-fi novel following a 12-year-old boy named Todd Hewitt. Set on an alternative planet after Earth didn’t turn out so great, we dive into a world where men’s thoughts can be heard by everyone and where women don’t exist. This novel will explore the themes of innocence and coming-of-age, the nature of men and how authority twists the truth. With the addition of one of the best writing styles of all the authors out there, this book will leave you stunned and glad that you were forced to study it. 😉

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


A perfect YA contemporary novel exploring a range of modern teen issues such as dealing with anxiety and depression and the importance of family and friends. Set in a university setting, you’ll explore the struggles of stepping into a new atmosphere where you will be forced to meet people and make friends (despite how much you don’t want to). We’ll explore some of the contemporary features that are part of our world today, such as fan-fiction and the idea of internet friends and blogging. Written in a light-hearted and humorous prose, this book will not only evoke meaningful ideas within you, but also will make you smile. 

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

8621462Here we dive into another fantastic work written by Patrick Ness. A Monster Calls is a contemporary novel, following a young boy whose mother is sick and dying. With Ness’s emotionally charged, meaningful writing style, you’ll explore the experiences and feelings that a young boy would have when dealing with a tragedy such as this. You’ll find meanings in almost every sentence that are powerful and leave a tangible presence around you. Reading this, you’ll study the themes of loss, love the pain that the young go through in these events. It’s powerful, emotional and be prepared to cry your eyeballs out at the end. Seriously, you will. I promise to provide tissues. 

6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


My class isn’t all about heavily studying books and the meanings behind them. We’ll take a breather by reading a fantastic YA fantasy novel by the one and only QUEEN (totally biased here), Sarah J Maas. Complete with a badass (excuse my French) female protagonist who is an assassin, a charming Prince, a brooding dedicated Captain of the Guard, a competition to become the King’s assassin and a world in which magic (which is a rather evil magic) is making it’s resurgence, you’ll be pulled right into this killer of a novel. Prepare to swoon over brilliant male characters. You won’t be able to resist. 

7. Angelfall by Susan Ee


The reality is, that you never know when our world will crumble into nothing when angels come and wreck our world. It could happen. In Susan Ee’s post-apocalyptic YA novel, we’ll explore the possibilities of what  could happen to our world if the angels ever come down and start a war. (But seriously, why couldn’t they keep their shenanigans up in heaven? Poor humans… that’s us.) This gripping, dark, gritty novel will not only explore the possible future of our world, but also the lengths that we will go to for family, and for love. This book is by no means boring and will have you hooked from start to finish, and will knock the breath right out of you. 

I hope you all enjoyed the style I did this in. I tried to make it a little more fun! I couldn’t come up with 10, but hey, I’m only 3 books short!

What books would you put on your syllabus?


38 responses to “YA Studies 101 | Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. I love that you would give your students a break with Throne of Glass! It is definitely one of my top picks. I would probably include a classic on my list as well. Maybe a little Atwood to stir up the pot! 🙂

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    • Of course! Throne of Glass would be like a break, but at the same time, it’s open to interpretation since there are probably some themes you can get from it! 😁
      I haven’t read anything by Atwood! 😱
      Thank you for your comment! 😄


  2. This is a great syllabus! I definitely agree with you on adding Fangirl – that definitely is a modern classic, and is such a fun read. Throne of Glass is awesome too, I think Sarah J. Maas’ writing style is one to be learnt from!

    I’d probably add Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick because of the way it is so beautifully written, yet still carries such a poignant message. Have you read it? I definitely recommend!

    ~ Denise @ The Bibliolater 🙂

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    • Thank you!
      Definitely. As a writer I am definitely taking points off of her writing style.
      I haven’t read that book but it’s definitely on my TBR! Thank you for the recommendation!


  3. Awesome list! If only such a class as the one we all made up existed haha. College classes would be even more fun! I love the variety of genres within YA that you put on here. I still need to read most of these haha. Throne of Glass made my list, too but I did Monarchies in YA Lit haha

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  4. I love Top Ten Tuesdays!
    I’d probably include a few books by Dawn Rochelle. The books are fairly short, simply written, but they tackle some monster subjects. Primarily kids dealing with cancer. Long before John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars.” Death and illness and disability and depression and financial woes… not much is out of bounds for Ms. Rochelle. I loved her books (and cried buckets reading them) growing up.

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  5. You know what my first syllabus was? Patrick Ness 101. But I know [surely] that I’d be among the only few interested in his wickedly awesome tweets, personality…oh, and his books. (Although, you’d probably join me in the corner too.) Nevertheless, Knife is wonderful. Have you started reading Ask and the Answer; I think it’s my favourite of the series even if I rated it the lowest…I might have to edit this now.

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

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    • Oh yes I would totally join your Patrick Ness 101. That would be simply fabulous! 😁
      I still need to buy The Ask and the Answer, which I will most likely but this week!
      Thanks for your comment! 😄


  6. Ahhh, why can’t this be an actual class? *sob*
    I love the style you did it in! I’m a bit ashamed I haven’t read most of these, but I will have to eventually!
    Great post, Josie♥

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  7. This is great, and very diverse! I could see a lot of these being required reading in the future! You reminded me that I need to read Angelfall asap!

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    • Thank you! I do hope that in the future, these books actually seriously get out on school syllabi. They are perfect for it. (Well, most of them 😉)
      Yes yes! You must read Angelfall soon.
      xoxo 💋

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  8. Love your post and I love the way that you did it!
    Your choices are perfect as well!
    I am currently reading The Knife of Never Letting Go now and so far it’s really interesting and super strange, but I like it.
    Of course Jasper Jones…love that book so much!
    Angelfall & Fangirl ❤

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