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August 22: Back To School Freebie: anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher, etc.
My boys went back to school about 10 days ago. Last week we went to their respective back to school nights. We found out my eighth grader will be reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm this fall, and Orson Well’s 1984 in the spring. I remember reading these books in school, but not too much about them. I’m thinking of picking up copies and re-reading them along with my son.
Anyway, this got me to thinking – What books did I read (or was forced to read) in school that made an impression on me? Which books – for better or for worse – have stuck with me 20+ years later?
School-Assigned Reading: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Favorite (Assigned) Classics
- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Eh – I Just Wasn’t Feeling It
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Fun fact. Le Petit Prince was assigned reading in my French class. Let’s just say it was a struggle. I ended up buying a copy translated to English to help myself along. Wasn’t a fan in either language.
Did Not Finish
Did Not Finish (*gasp*! Huge shout out to Cliffs Notes here!) It’s not that I didn’t want to finish these books. I. just. could. not. get. through. these. I’m exhausted just thinking about the effort it took for me to read one page.
Never Had to Read (Hallelujah! But I know this would be a DNF if it was ever assigned):
- Moby-Dick by Herman Mellville
I know, I know. Everyone is going to crucify me on the Jane Austen title. I’m sorry! She’s just not my thing. What required school reading has stuck with you over the years? What topic did you tackle for today’s open-ended back to school discussion? Sound off below, and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!