Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught YA101


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. Today’s topic is the top ten books that would be on the syllabus if you taught a book course. My university had an English subject that was Young Adult Fiction. I’m not an English major, so I never did it, but I liked to look up what books would be taught. Out of the ten or so books, I had only heard of one. So for this week’s topic, I’m going with a general YA101 class. The books I would choose are;

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Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy


Title: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Release Date: 24/08/2015 (Australian Release)
Publisher: Penguin Teen Australia
Format: Uncorrected advanced proof, paperback, 376 pages
ISBN: 9780143573401

I’m going to be brutally honest here. If it wasn’t for the fact that I was sent this book for review, I probably never would have read it. I mean, sure, it has a minimalistic cover that I like because of it’s minimalism, and sure, I enjoy young adult contemporaries, but the plot as unique as it sounded just wasn’t screaming at me. Add to the fact that I strongly disliked the author’s previous work Side Effects May Vary, it would seem as if I was against this book from the start.

But then some lovely people I follow on Instagram started reading Dumplin’ and mentioning how much they were enjoying it, with general ratings between 3.5 and 5 stars, and it changed my mentality towards reading it. I became somewhat excited to read it.
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