Monday, September 2, 2013

Tuesday Memes: Top Ten Tuesday + Teasers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top 10 Books that Ought to be Taught in School.

This is a tough one to answer, because it really depends on what you're trying to teach.

7. Chronicles of Narnia -- So many great lessons in these books, plus it's a great way to open up young minds to the world of fantasy.

6. Lord of the Rings -- Um, you know, ditto.

5. Persistence of Vision -- Totally self-serving? Yeah, totally. But what can I say? It's my book. Of course I want it taught in school! :D

4. Wheel of Time -- My very favorite series, yes, but understand that there's a reason it's my favorite. There's great characters and story telling, but also great writing, world-building, politics, even economics in it. Anyone who reads the Wheel of Time series is smarter for it. I guarantee it. :D

3. Old Testament --Yes, I'm a Christian, but even aside from that, the bible is very educational. It's got a lot of great writing, great stories, history and, yes, Christian lessons in it. Whether you're into it as a religious dogma or not, I think if it was taught, our kids would be a lot smarter--and maybe a lot better behaved as well. :D

2. Harry Potter -- Of course we all love our wizarding world, but there are so many great life lessons in these books--not the least of which is great writing!--that it would be great if they were required reading in school. It would be a great way to make kids love reading at an early age.

1. The 5,000 Year Leap by Cleon Skousen -- this is the best book I've ever read about the Constitution. If they'd teach it in school, all kids would know the ins and outs and importance of the Constitution and the importance of democracy much better than kids today do. But, believe it or not, it's not a boring book. Scousen was a master at explaining things in a way that was easily understood.

That's all I could come up with, and I'm really short on time this week, so it'll have to do.

What books do YOU think ought to be taught in school?


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teasers come from Elsie Park's new novel, Shadows of Valor.

"She froze and he swore under his breath as the crooks hushed and turned toward his tree. One of the men drew a dagger from his hip and Calan realized they were prepared to kill even an innocent passerby. The newcomer's blood would be spilled by their hands if he didn't act. He crept down behind the novice-spy and encircled her waist with one arm while clamping a hand over her mouth before she could scream."

What are you reading this week?


  1. Great list! I would've loved to have read LOTR for school :) (which I sort of did but then they removed the essay component that year (long story about teachers switching around) so I was never able to write that essay)

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  2. I agree that the Bible should be taught as history or literature in high school, so long as the teacher doesn't promote a particular religious POV. So much of Western literature and culture have references to or origins in Biblical stories. It's as important as familiarity with Shakespeare.

  3. I think I would've loved to read Harry Potter at school! Great choices.

  4. Ohhhh man I would have hated to have read The Wheel of Time series for school! Not because it's bad, but because it's SOOOOO LONG. If we had to do that for required reading it would have taken me about three years!!

  5. The Old Testament - good choice! Lots of history as well. Plus the Ten Commandments.

  6. The only same book on our list is Harry Potter, but I've watched Narnia and loved it! :)
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  7. Loved the list! Especially Persistence of Vision. I have a totally unbiased opinion of course. I think LOTR would be good to help kids learn the history of our language. Many words have the old English spelling (i.e. colour, complexion). To use the Wheel of Time you would have to focus on one particular book. There are so many good things for young readers to learn. Like the flame and the void. Good information on differences between men and women. Like females embrace saidar and men seize saidin? I agree with the Old Testament and Harry Potter. Anything from Skousen would go a long way toward young readers form opinions on life and history.

  8. Great Top Ten list this week, Liesel! I didn't do one today, because I didn't know what direction to go in at all.

    Your teaser is awesome, and I added a new book to my TBR thanks to that :)

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  9. Nice list and tease! I think we did use the same Harry pic! GREAT minds think a like! ;)

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