We found this post forgotten in drafts and decided to pull it out since today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Thanks to school, I could name 50 books I was “forced” to read. One of my favorite memories of High school is my English classes and my teachers. You see, I was an honors student and by Junior year an AP student. So I had English (and other courses) with the same kids pretty much and we became close. We got to read some pretty cool books. Then again, I’m really nerdy, so I like an excuse to read.
1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Talk about a tear jerker! This book we read freshman year, and I remember crying and worrying how things would turn out for Corrie and her family.
2. Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I tried to read this over the summer before freshman year to get ahead, but I kept falling asleep with in the first three chapters. So, I went and bought the Great Illustrated Classics version. Once I read that version, I re-attempted to read the book and was successful. I loved it! It was this book that taught me to love stories with complex plots, foreshadowing, symbolism, and confusing character webs.
3. 1984 by George Orwell
My sophomore year I had to read this book. It and The Road by Cormac Mccarthy was my introduction to Dystopian Society stories. I must say these are more serious and darker than the Dystopian YA books written now. It opened up great discussions about human nature, politics, and our future.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I was forced to re-read this book my sophomore year, so actually I was really excited to read this novel. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite stories. I own five different versions of this beloved classic.
5. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Can I just slap Abagial please? This book (or play, technically) evokes strong emotions in the reader. It was an interesting story to read to kick off my Junior year of English.
6. “The End of Solitude” by William Deresiewicz (read here)
Some of things I read in school have a way of haunting me like a familiar song. Where one line of poem I read or a thought from a story gets stuck in my head. This is technically an essay. In our AP course, we had to read a mix of essays and novels. This essay finds its way into my thoughts every so often and I have to google it and re-read it. I wish there was a way I could download it on my Kindle or buy it in a pamphlet.
7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult
Not everything we read in school was…well….appropriate. This book was probably my first introduction to the scandalous books. Maybe The Road was first, but this was different from even that. It also made me cry myself to sleep.
If you have not read it…word of advice. DO NOT SKIP TO THE END! I have a bad habit of doing this in books, and this book almost broke that habit. Almost.
I read a lot of Shakespeare in high school. Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, MacBeth, and his sonnets. I actually didn’t finish King Lear and MacBeth because I had to read them the right after Hamlet. My senior English teacher, Mrs. Ross, loves Shakespeare. Hamlet was her favorite, so we spent a lot of time covering the play. We watched the Kenneth Branagh (she loves him too and now so do I) version of Hamlet. It is probably my favorite Shakespearean play that I have read.
Remember when I said poems and parts of a stories get stuck in my head like familiar songs? This poem from Hamlet is one of those:
Doubt thou, the stars are fire,
Doubt, that the sun doth move,
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.
9. All The Pretty Horses by Cormac Mccarthy
It took me a while to get adjusted to his writing style, but I enjoyed this more than The Road.
10. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
I thought I was going to be reading The Invisible Man, but I was sadly mistaken. This definitely was a forced read…I’m not sure if I finished or not now that I’m thinking about it. I probably skipped to the end.
What books have you been “forced” to read? Have you read any of these books?
-Liz (aka Rachel)