Books I Wish Were Part of the School Syllabus

Hello, friends! 

For most of you, school has started back up again. I don’t go to school anymore, but the start of the new year always makes me nostalgic. This time, I was thinking about the books I was required to read in school and then that got me thinking about all the books I wish were part of the school syllabus. I had great fun thinking up my fictional school syllabus so I thought, “Why not make a post about it and share it with you all?” and so here I am.

These are the books I wish were required reading in school…


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley: How can you not fall in love with English literature after reading this one? Seriously, the book is filled with references to classic (and a few contemporary!) books that will make you want to read all of them.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: Violet and Finch grow closer as they discover “the wonders of their state” together.


All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr because it’s a beautifully written book about both sides of the war, told through the POV of a blind, French girl and a German boy who’s part of Hitler’s army.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank because it’s a real life account (non-fiction) of what it was like to live during WWII.


An Abundance of Katherines by John Green: There’s so much maths in this one! Why? Because main character Colin “is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.” He uses a lot of mathematical equations throughout the novel, which are explained in the appendix of the book. Fun fact: they are all explained by a real mathemetician called Daniel Biss.


My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: Aysel is depressed and suicidal, but she’s also passionate about physics. In a way, thinking about her potential energy helps her give life another chance.

Social Studies

More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera because it’s deeply emotional read about finding out who you are and being okay with it even when it’s not “socially acceptable” (meaning: your friends and family might not accept you for it)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: this one is highly relevant in today’s society and a must-read for everyone. The story is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I never liked P.E., but I’m telling you, reading this book made me wish I’d tried harder. Being physically fit might come in handy after all.


Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: I love this author. I think she has a beautiful writing style and she knows how to tell a story. Graffiti Moon is a great book for aspiring artists or people who love graffiti since it plays a big role in the story. Shadow is both a mysterious graffiti artist and the love interest to main character Lucy.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: both Noah and Judy are amazing artists which make me wish I had even ONE artistic bone in my body.

What do you think about my fictional school syllabus? Would you dread reading these books? Which ones would you choose? Also, does anyone know of a chemistry-related (YA) book because I couldn’t find any?? Let me know!

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11 thoughts on “Books I Wish Were Part of the School Syllabus

  1. Where do I sign up to go back to school and have you as a teacher, Lauren?! All of these books are fabulous, I would have loved school so much more if I had to read these books 🙂 Words in Deep Blue is very high on my TBR, I’m really, really hoping to buy it soon because I’m sure I would love it so much. And oh, so much math in that John Green book ahah, I remember feeling slightly confused about it all when I first read it, but it was also all kinds of brilliant because there aren’t so many books with math like that haha 🙂
    Amazing choices 🙂

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    • Words in Deep Blue is one of my all-time favourites ❤️ I’m sure you’ll love it!
      Ooh, definitely! I remember being confused too but it’s a good book anyway. Like you said, you don’t read about maths that much 🙂

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  2. So many good books on this list! I never read a contemporary book when I was in school (the most recent book was written in the 1950s), but I know that is getting better. Maybe one or more of these books will hit a school syllabus someday.

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    • I hope so! Contemporary books (especially YA) are neglected and even looked down on which is a real shame because there are so many good ones. Plus, they’re a lot more relevant to teenage lives. I’m not saying they shouldn’t read classics anymore, but throwing in some contemporaries wouldn’t hurt 🙂

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  3. I love this post! I can definitely see The Hunger Games motivate a lot of kids to do better in PE 😂 I haven’t read all of these, but the ones I have (or just know of) are definitely important reads and should be read in school 🙂


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