Thankful Thursday: Books Inspiring Students to Read

This year I returned to the classroom. To no surprise, most of my students do not enjoy reading and have interest in picking up a book. I argue, like most individuals who claim to not enjoy reading, they haven’t found the right book. Everyday I share books they might be interested, most of which I have read or have been recommend from the lovely blogging community.

Recently I assigned student a book project, which required them to pick a book off a list to read. The list was a mix of modern YA and a few classics.

Today’s Thankful Thursday post is a highlight reel of books student read and enjoyed from the book list. I hope you enjoy this peek into a high school classroom.

Which books were the most popular?

1. Red Rising by Perice Brown

Do you have a younger reader in your life who is tired of female protagonist? Look no further than Red Rising. All students who read this book have gone on to read the rest of the series AND turn to book blogs and reddit to find similar books. My students love for this series has sparked an interest in me, and I plan to give Red Rising another try. You can read by review here.

2. The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I was hesitant about this book and series. When I offered it as a choice read I was sure students would over look it. To my surprise many students picked to read The Inheritance Games. I thought the students who read Red Rising were swept away, but The Inheritance Games had the same effect. It was thrilling to see students excited to read. AND like the students who read Red RisingI go on to read the rest of the series. Unlike Red Rising, The Inheritance Games did not inspire students to seek out similar books.

3. Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Good Girl’s Guide to Murder was not as popular as Red Rising and The Inheritance Games Students who read this book went on to read the rest of the series and searched almost daily for any leads on a streaming series.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (the graphic novel) by Ransom Riggs illustrated by Cassandra Jean  

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was one of four graphic novels offered this year. The students who picked this graphic novel did so because they saw the movie and quickly discovered the book was much better. A few went on read the novel version as well, but I am not sure if they will read the full series.

5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I debated not mentioning They Both Die at the End, but one student was so moved by this novel they said they now consider themselves a reader. They Both Die at the End is not a happy novel, as the title hints the characters die at the end, but the journey there is one to remember. I cannot fully recommend this novel as a book that inspired students to keep reading, but for one student it did.

I am forever thankful to the YA authors who keep crafting exciting novels. It is refreshing to see young readers enjoying book written for their age group. Often I feel as a crusty old person who is the only YA reader on the planet, which is far from true.

If you want younger readers in your life to enjoy reading you have to offer books that are interesting.

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