- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- Alas Babylon by Pat Frank
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Most of the books on the list are older books, and a good number are considered by many in the SF/F world to be classics, but the inclusion of World War Z, The Lovely Bones, and The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao is really interesting. All are books released in the last ten years and each has either been released as a film or pegged for a film release (other titles on the list have also been turned into movies, obviously). Set alongside older "classics," they suggest that, perhaps, the schools in this county are acknowledging the cultural importance of genre titles. Let's face it, at least half of the nine books listed above are obviously genre books. Unlike with 1984 or Brave New World, nobody with any sense can argue that World War Z or Ender's Game are not science fiction, or that Alice in Wonderland is not a fantasy. And if you look at The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao, you're hit in the face with explicit science fiction and fantasy references.
I don't know if it's fair to read anything into it. I haven't been to high school or middle school in almost a decade now, so it's entirely possible that I'm simply out of touch. Still, that's pretty cool that they get to read those books, don't you think? We never got to read anything quite so exciting when I was in school...
(Note: There were also a lot of newer non-genre titles on the list, but I didn't write them down due to a lack of time.)