Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. I’m not the biggest fan of this week’s topic. Pairing YA contemporaries with required reading would take me FOREVER. As for the other option, I have no idea what should be taught in schools. My only vote is Harry Potter. So I decided to put a spin on the topic and suggest ten YA books that should be taught in Muggle Studies class at Hogwarts. Because obviously when I don’t know what to do, I turn to HP.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky. All about what it’s like to grow up as a Muggle.
2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. This could teach the Hogwarts students about popular culture and also American media. I mean, in the book the media only focuses on Katniss’s love life, just like the real-life media only focuses on the love triangle of the series.
3. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, Philip Pullman. The wizarding world has different fairy tales than the Muggle world, so this book would introduce students to our fairy tales. It could be a whole unit where they read the originals and then watch the Disney versions!
4. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell. Wizards and witches don’t go to college, so this book would show them what that’s like.
5. The Giver, Lois Lowry. This was taught in my English class in seventh grade, so Hogwarts students would get the chance to see what Muggles learn about in school. Also, it was one of my favorite required readings, so everyone should get to read it.
6. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt. Highly relevant to the wizarding world since the whole Voldemort fiasco. Students could compare between how to actually achieve immortality and what Muggles think is a possible way to become immortal.
7. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. Wizards don’t study Muggle history (at least, I don’t think they do), so this book would let them see what WWII was like. Also, I feel like English teachers love an unreliable narrator, so the Muggle Studies teacher could talk about that.
8. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer. They could write essays on where Meyer went wrong in her portrayal of vampires.
10. The Spectacular Now, Tim Tharp. A realistic portrayal of Muggle teenagers.