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Required Reading I’d Recommend

Good Morning lovelies!

As I mentioned in my blog post on Monday, this week is unofficially back-to-school week here on the blog. I’m celebrating my return to classes with some back-to-school themed posts!

Today’s post is all about books I’d recommend as required reading. So many schools have outdated required reading lists and if I had my way, I’d have these books on a list for required reading or at least as strongly suggested options 😉

Most of the books chosen were just based off my love of reading them, but also based on their content in terms of what I think kids/young adults might be able to relate to as well as might be able to take something away from the storylines. I also chose some books based on what I know a lot of kids are reaching for at the book store I work at. Also I do have to say that some schools already have some of these books on their summer reading lists as options to read, in which I praise them highly for their decisions to do so 😉


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  1. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai | GoodReads
  2. El Deafo by Cece Bell | GoodReads
  3. Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look | GoodReads


4. Clementine series by Marla Frazee | GoodReads
5. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies | GoodReads
6. Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale | GoodReads



  1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio | GoodReads 
  2. Hush by Jacqueline Woodson | GoodReads
  3. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan | GoodReads


4. The Wig in the Window (#1) by Kristen Kittscher | GoodReads
5. Crossover by Kwame Alexander | GoodReads
6. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein | GoodReads



  1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | GoodReads | My Review
  2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray | GoodReads
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie | GoodReads


4. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds | GoodReads | My Review
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer | GoodReads
6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | GoodReads 

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Here are some classics I wouldn’t mind keeping since I loved reading them so much!


  1. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes | GoodReads
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar | GoodReads
  3. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton | GoodReads


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What are your thoughts on my picks for required reading? What would you choose for required reading? Have any classics you’d keep on the list? Let me know your thoughts/choices in the comments below! 🙂

As always,

Happy Reading!

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