Sunday, June 19, 2016

SFF: The 5 Books You Recommend to Recent High School Grads

Sunday Fun Five #56:

A Countdown of

The 5 Books You Recommend to Recent High School Grads

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is both a coming of age book and vastly entertaining to those who love video games. If you happen to know '80s lore, it will make a bit more sense.

4. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (Daughter of Cambodia #1) by Loung Ung
I think at this age (18ish) human beings are at the height of the "it's all about me" stage. Sure, some people never grow out of it, but when you come into your own and start making your own decisions, you start to lose perspective on how easy a life most of us have. This is an easy, but hard to read book due to the emotional reaction from reading it- keep your tissue box close.

3. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
I think this is the only introspective novel I chose- a grown woman recollects pieces of her past from finding a cat's eye marble. It covers themes of self and who we are, but also, it's just a plain good read.

2. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
This is another coming of age book, but also one of my favorite fantasy novels. It's one of those books I had a bit of a reading slump after reading it (and its sequel) because it's a Thanksgiving dinner, not an appetizer (make of that what you will).

1. Lucky by Alice Sebold
This memoir is about college rape, but it is relevant to pretty much everyone due to the unnerving prevalence of sexual assault in our society. I highly recommend it.

Which books do you recommend to recent high school grads? Are there books you wish you read after graduating (or getting your GED as I did)?


  1. Geeze, I have never thought about this beyond the traditional Dr. Seuss Oh, the Places You'll Go. Which I messed up because I gave that to Sebastian for his first day of Kindergarten. Siddhartha would be one, but I would have to really think on the others. I love your choice of First They Killed My Father. I have never read that, and probably won't because the older I get the less Fiction tragedy gets to me and the more Nonfiction tragedy affects me. I have seen Ready Player One all over the place. I hope to get to it someday. :)

    1. I always try to do some seasonal Fun Fives to appeal to the casual reader, and since this is kind of still graduation season... ;)
      First They Killed my father is one of those books you want to stop reading (because what happened to her was horrible), but you can't once you start. Ready Player One is a great story, but the '80s trivia can get a bit overbearing.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Someone I know on Facebook mentioned always gifting high school graduates with a copy of Lucky. I had never really thought about it before, but it makes a lot of sense. I think all of your choices are good ones. I wouldn't have thought of a book like First They Killed My Father, but that's an excellent choice.

    1. Well, if it was a Facebook post on Book Bloggers Do It Better, that was me. Becca and I have scarily alike discussion ideas. ;)
      I think First They Killed My Father fits because beyond privilege and such, it also provides an example of a government gone bad. We rarely, if ever discussed the possibility of a government (namely the U.S. government) ever being wrong or doing bad things to their own people. I think that's another thing the next generation should be aware of.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy!
      ~Litha Nelle


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