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Reminiscing About School Reads

Everyone’s heading back to school, and it sent me on a trip through these dusty memories of mine  aaaaall about the different types of books that had been placed into my literature-loving hands, once-upon-a-time.

I can practically hear you calling me a nerd from here, thank you very much.

There were actually some incredible reads…

                                                                           … and some truly, truly horrible ones.

I just… I still haven’t gotten over them.

I don’t know about you, but I fancied myself a true lit junkie in high school. My electives were all writing-based, my senior project was spent working with my English teacher trying (and… learning how) to write a book. So naturally, I had to pick the most “classic” and the “best” books to read when we were given the option.

Which was how I discovered my hatred for Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I didn’t even get far in the book. I didn’t even try. I just stopped and listened to the insipid summary in class and honestly my teacher didn’t even blame me for it. She expected it to happen. It’s also why she gave everyone else the option to read something just as classic but not nearly as bad- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Which I ended up switching to and loving!

We also read a lot of Shakespeare- Hamlet, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. I liked all of them, though it took a few readings for me to understand The Tempest, I’ll admit.

The one book I loved best, however, was Life of Pi by Yann Martel (and this was waaaaay before the movie came out… your girl is old). I loved it so much I stole it from my English teacher… then my conscious got the best of me and I went back and told her I wanted to keep it, and she was thrilled! … Then she told me how much it cost and I ponied up, of course. I mean, I just couldn’t be chaotic good in high school, no way. Not when I’m a good little lit junkie!

Looking through the list, most of the books assigned were classics or traditional in some way. Life of Pi was probably the only “modern” fiction book we got to read. We read The Things They Carried, Hiroshima, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire… we read a lot of good books, but all fairly predictable in a high school classroom. It would have been fun to read more unexpected books like Life of Pi.

Have you/Did you guys read anything good in school? Or anything you particularly despised? Sometimes I feel like the type of teacher you have depends on if you like a book or not, but that’s a whole DIFFERENT discussion… *sips tea*

Love you guys, keep dreaming!