Top Ten Tuesday is held over at That Artsy Reader Girl, where every week bloggers list their top 10 being asked about. This week the topic is about kids in the US going back to school, and since it’s the other way around here, I thought I’d do something different: the books I wish I’d read in school.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: This is on the list because high school English ruined Shakespeare for me. No other playwright seemed to exist, or for that matter, no other play but his tragedies. It was depressing.
The Institute of Fantastical Inventions: I went to this book’s launch, and will be reviewing it soon and one thing that resonates with me is that this is a book that makes science fun — and I hated science. For real. I don’t know if it would have worked or not, but it got me wondering…
Agatha Christie: In keeping with the theme of only classics matter in high school in South Africa, I am listing Agatha Christie — any book of hers really — because ‘mystery’ & ‘genre’ are not dirty words. I remember being afraid of being laughed at for reading sci-fi or mystery in high school.
Sally Andrew, Margie Orford, or any South African mystery writer: In addition to the classics in plays, we couldn’t read a popular author. “Popular” fiction is another dirty word I think in the books-that-matter world.
Anatomy of a Scandal: Granted this is more adult than aimed at high school kids, but the exploration of the imbalance of power between men and women, or girls and boys — it starts in school. Where else are you going to learn about these things?
Well, okay this is more about the types of books I wish I read in high school 🤷🏽♀️