Seniors’ Significant Books, etc.

Each year in the Modern History block, the twelfth graders are asked to make an annotated list of what they consider to be the most significant books, albums, films, scientific/technological advancements and political/social movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I always find these lists fascinating and wanted to share some of this with the Maine Coast community. Here are the books on the students’ top five book lists. How many have you read or now want to read?

The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
1984 by George Orwell (thrice)
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Stand by Stephen King
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (twice)
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler (thrice)(not that she likes it, but finds it influential!)
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (five times)
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (nine times)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (thrice)
Roots by Alex Haley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (twice)
The Long Walk by Slawomir Rawicz
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (twice)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (twice)
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (twice)
The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
On the Road by Jack Kerouac (twice)
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (twice)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Boys in the Boat by James Brown
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger (twice)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler (a good one with which to end!)