Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Cocktail & Conversation With TB&TB: Required Reading

 



With schools starting back up I get all nostalgic, tell me one of your favorite assigned books you read in school?

Julia says: I really loved Macbeth, but my answer is going to come from a class I took in high school called "Classic and Modern Novels." The class was awesome! Come to class, read for 40 minutes. Any book you wanted, you just had to read 30 pages a night and write an essay at the end. But when we started the class we read one book together, The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. Such a good book! The feels. I have them.





Tahleen says: I have to say To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It's still one of my favorite books today, and I loved reading it in 9th grade English class. It is one of those books that I can revisit time and time again.







Jen says: I agree with Tahleen. To Kill a Mockingbird was my favorite novel we were required to read in school. I believe I first read it in 8th grade Language Arts class and then again in my senior year English class. It is one of the few books I actually read the entire thing for school.


 

 

 

 

 

What about you? What was your favorite book you had to read in school?



19 comments:

  1. My favourite was Of Mice & Men. We even got to watch the film with good old Gary Sinise (hubahuba) :D

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  2. Hmm, this is a tough one. I guess maybe Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, which wasn't required reading but which I chose as one of two texts I wrote an essay on (the other was Tess of the D'Urbervilles - I compared the treatment of women in the two).

    Sarah

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  3. When I was in grade 10 English we did a gothic unit. As a whole class we had to read Rebecca and I loved it. So interesting and twisty and dark!

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  4. I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird right now and it is easily my favorite assigned reading books.

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  5. THERE WAS A CLASS WHERE YOU READ FOR 40 MINS? Oh. my. Gosh. My life is being altered as we speak....O.O I need this class. And 30 pages a nice. Piece of cake :D
    Happy reading
    Jackie

    nobentspines.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh man Pat Conroy...his writing is SO AMAZING!! Lords of Discipline was the first novel I read by him. It's also nice that all his stories are set in SC, so I recognize a lot of what he's referencing.

    But if I had to pick a book that was assigned to me, it would have to be 1984 (Lords of Discipline was read for class, but it was a free choice book and the teacher had recommended it for me)

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  7. To Kill a Mockingbird was definitely one of my favorites, but I was also introduced to Jane Eyre and Lady Audley's Secret and Villete. I love 19th century classics!

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  8. I really enjoyed Ender's Game in High School + The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. In University (College, whatever you want to call it) one of my first year anthropology papers assigned In Search of Respect by Philippe Bourgois. . . . sooooooooooooo amazing.

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  9. My favorite book that I had to read in high school was The Grapes of Wrath. I don't know why I loved it so much, but I thought it was amazing.

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  10. My favourite so far has been Brave New World. I love how thoughtful the story is and the in class discussions were absolutely fantastic. Our teacher was excellent and explored all the issues really well. It's probably one of the books that changed my life a little too. :p

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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  11. It's a tie between To Kill A Mockingbird and Ender's Game. And in college, I remember loving Life Of Pi.

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  12. My favorite is The Great Gatsby. It was the favorite of the teacher I had and he is a PHENOMENAL teacher. He made us love it as much as he does. Catcher in the Rye is up there, too, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I ended up liking Crime and Punishment a lot, as well, which was pleasantly surprising!

    Sara at The Page Sage

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  13. Pride and Prejudice. It was for a book to movie adaptation class, so we got to watch the movie after our discussion of the book. I love all things Jane Austen, so that made my week!

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  14. Mine was definitely The Great Gatsby! At first I had no desire to read it but once I started I couldn't stop and it is one of the few novels I re-read every year. I always find something new. I also really enjoyed reading Jane Eyre in 10th grade.

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  15. I took a class on Tricksterism in American Literature in college where we read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Tripmaster Monkey, both of which are amazing.

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  16. I have loved a lot of books I had to read for class. I had books to read in French because I was in literary section (french system), books to read in English for my English class, and books to read for my English plus class (extra hours) and books for my drama club. I absolutely loved The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Bel-Ami by Maupassant, Hamlet by Shakespeare (made easy version), La nuit des enfants rois by Bernard Lenteric (also available in Spanish), Berenice by Racine, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice, etc. I have to admit that I've always had fantastic teachers and I loved reading most of the books I had to read and I even read the extra books they gave me.

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  17. I just clicked on "publish" but my comment disappeared so I'm writing it again. I loved a lot of the books I've had to read at school. I was in literary section (french system) so I had a lot of books to read, I also had to read books in english for my English class, for the english plus class (extra class), and for the drama club. I absolutely loved The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, I also loved Bel-Ami by Maupassant, Hamlet (made easy), La nuit des Enfants Rois by Bernard Lenteric (also available in Spanish), Berenice by Racine, Pride and Prejudice, etc. I've had really great teachers who gave me extra books because they saw how much I loved reading. One of my teachers even created a special distinction for me at the end of the year as "special prize for reading" and I got on stage and won a few books. I enjoyed most of the books we had to read, for me it was a real chance to discover new books.

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  18. I just clicked on "publish" but my comment disappeared so I'm writing it again. I loved a lot of the books I've had to read at school. I was in literary section (french system) so I had a lot of books to read, I also had to read books in english for my English class, for the english plus class (extra class), and for the drama club. I absolutely loved The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton, I also loved Bel-Ami by Maupassant, Hamlet (made easy), La nuit des Enfants Rois by Bernard Lenteric (also available in Spanish), Berenice by Racine, Pride and Prejudice, etc. I've had really great teachers who gave me extra books because they saw how much I loved reading. One of my teachers even created a special distinction for me at the end of the year as "special prize for reading" and I got on stage and won a few books. I enjoyed most of the books we had to read, for me it was a real chance to discover new books.

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