Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top Ten College Majors YA Books Made Me Want to Pursue

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

If you regularly read my blog (or follow me on Twitter), you probably know that I recently graduated from high school and will be heading to college in a few weeks. I'm moving to downtown Indianapolis, and I plan to study business (particularly marketing) with a goal of working in marketing or PR for a publishing company.

However, I'm interested in several subjects—falling under the categories of science, math, English, social studies, and more—and if I had infinite time and money to spend on college, I'd accumulate several degrees and pursue a myriad of majors. To reflect this passion for studying and learning (and to prepare for my imminent departure to college), I decided to use today's Top Ten Tuesday topic to share just a few of the subjects I'd like to study—and the YA books that urge me to do so.

This book's protagonist, Emi, is an up-and-coming Hollywood set designer, an interest that adds a fascinating sub-plot to the mysterious and romantic story. Emi's adventures and passion for her planned career taught me so much about the behind-the-scenes work of filmmaking and left me eager to learn more. (And ever since I read this book, I've been paying more attention to the backdrops in movies I watch.)

Ruta Sepetys is amazing at writing about less-often-spotlighted pieces of history, a talent that especially shines in her latest novel. The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II is the most deadly tragedy in maritime history, and yet I had never heard of it until reading Salt to the Sea. As a result, this book (actually, all of the author's books) made me want to learn more about other major events that are written out of high school history classes.

After what should have been a fun spring break trip turns deadly, protagonist Anna is accused of murdering her friend Elise—but the evidence is only circumstantial. And yet the media paints her as a villain, warping public opinion and convincing everyone she is guilty. This story left me both terrified of and fascinated by the power of journalists to determine what everyone believes.

A book about a girl backpacking across Central America, complete with absolutely gorgeous descriptions of each city she visits? How could Wanderlove not make me want to study travel and tourism?

This indescribably complex novel is concerned with several subjects: the ties between humans, the passage of time, and more. But one of its central concepts is the prevalence of the spiral form in nature—from the small scale, such as the patterns found on pinecones, to the large scale, such as the spiral path of the Earth as it moves through space. This story made me want to study mathematics and geometry and the Fibonacci Sequence and unravel the mystery of why, exactly, the spiral is so perfect a shape.

Set in a fictional country that is home to a collection of several international embassies, this series immerses readers in the world of diplomacy. I've always thought international relations would be a fascinating field in which to work (although I doubt I could actually do it, especially since I only speak English), and Ally Carter's latest series provides a thrilling glimpse into the high-profile profession.

This beautifully complicated and heartfelt story introduced me to a religion I knew nothing about (Hasidic Judaism) and kept me fascinated as the main character questions her faith, accepting some elements and rejecting others. Her story made me want to learn more about other lesser-known religions and read their members' stories.

No one's quite sure what's happening to the girls at St. Anne's, a private high school in eastern Massachusetts. It's second semester of senior year, everyone is beyond stressed about class rank and college acceptances, and suddenly several students begin experiencing a variety of inexplicable ailments—seizures, hair loss, and more. Inspired by a true story about a similar unbelievable epidemic, this book is an engrossing look at several aspects of psychology, complete with a magical realism touch.

As the sister of a high-profile "fixer" whose career is based on working PR miracles for the elite of Washington, Tess is immersed in the world of politics. And when she discovers reason to believe a Supreme Court justice's death was the result of murder, she becomes entangled in a dangerous network of deception that, despite its deadly nature, makes me want to enter the world of politics as well.

This Jennifer Lynn Barnes book is just as thrilling as the previously-mentioned title. Spotlighting a group of highly-skilled teenage behaviorists a who help the FBI solve murders, each installment in the series makes me more and more tempted to pursue a career catching killers, just like the protagonists.

What subjects have YA books made you want to study? Is there anyone out there whose college major was actually inspired by a novel? Let me know in the comments. 

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  1. Great topic for Top Ten Tuesday! I will have to do this one as well. :) Good luck with your studies!

  2. I've always been interested in history & psychology. They were basically majors I was highly considering. But since I didn't pick either of those, I read books. I started getting non-fiction history reads recently :D

  3. I love this twist on the week's theme! I would be interested in a bunch of these myself if I hadn't already gone through school. But film especially seems really cool. Good luck with your studies!

    Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

  4. Fun topic! Books often make me wish I knew more on the topics. I think Psychology is really fascinating, and I like certain History courses. I went to college for English Literature, but there were definitely some other majors/topics that I was curious about.


  5. Great list! I'm studying journalism as part of my degree at Uni and I love what you said about it. It's like yes "we have the power" *rubs hands together evilly*
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/top-ten-tuesday-67/

  6. This post is so cool, and it's good to know that so many books have been inspiration in potential areas of study for you! I say this feeling the same way, and in a very similar position, having graduated high school this past June and going to go to college in a few short works (although the summer feels like it's lagging). I'm personally looking forward to pursuing history as my major =)

  7. If I could, I would spend so long at college just studying everything, because I have just so many interests too! Books have been a huge factor influencing that too - You by Caroline Kepnes has motivated me to take a couple of psych courses ^_^
    Now I've never read any of these books, but they sound awesome. and are must-read books then!

  8. I really wanted to make a post on this TTT topic but I really couldn't think of more than just the one book: Everything Leads to You. I loved more every part of that book, but honestly the whole cinema part probably entranced me the most. That book, among other things, is the reason that I'll probably be studying a cinema minor, or a double major if I can fit it in, during college.

  9. I really love this particular topic for Top Ten Tuesday and your list is great. I wouldn't really think about books being able to influence your line of study off the top of my head, but of course they certainly do and I know they will influence mine as well.

    Chioma @ Blue Books and Butterflies

  10. Oh wow! I love the unique spin you put on the prompt Emily! :) Crime scene investigation, psychology, and international relations sound really interesting. Thanks for sharing! <3


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