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Today’s topic is: Back To School Freebie 

There are days when I really miss going back to school. I loved back to school when I was a kid. I was the child who did workbooks over the summer because I loved schoolwork so much. Weird. I know. And in university, I loved going back to school, taking new classes, seeing my uni friends and being back on campus. Now…now I don’t like back to school as much. I work at a university and love how quiet campus is during the summer. I can always find a bench or table to eat my lunch at in summer and rarely have to wait in a long line to buy a snack or a tea. But when students arrive in the fall, campus feels overrun with loud people. Ha! I sound so bitter. I really do enjoy working with students. But…as many bookworms understand, I also enjoy a tranquil atmosphere.

So, I’m jumping back to the days that I loved going back to school, and sharing with you ten books that I read in school–and whether or not I enjoyed them!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This is the first book I remember reading for a book report. I was in the sixth grade and had just started middle school. I had a cool teacher named Mr. Zentner who used green pen instead of red because he was from Saskatchewan. He let us each pick a book to do a book report on and I picked Anne. It was the thickest book I’d ever read all by myself. And I loved it! I still love it and have read it multiple times since. I’ve tried reading the entire series (I have a lovely box set my mom gave me for Christmas one year), but I’ve never made it to the end. I must dive in again, perhaps right into the middle.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

I read this in high school. Again, it was for a book report. This time, it was a multiphase report. I remember writing a character analysis, an essay on them, and baking a cake and cutting it into the shape of Africa. This book was intense. I remember being a little overwhelmed but also proud that I made it through it and understood the layers. I’ve since begun reading a few more Barbara Kingsolver books and really enjoying her intricate stories.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This book was weird. I read it in high school and just didn’t get it. Then I bought a copy for myself with plans to read it again…sadly I lent it to a friend and never got it back. I remember it being beautiful though.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

I read this in first year uni and…it was weird. Interesting, yes. But weird. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember a ton. Only that my prof was a really nice guy and gave me an A.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Also read this in that first year English class in uni. Hated it. It made me so angry. I can’t comment on the story or the writing, only that the topic makes me rage–we’ve done a lot of horrible things to each other and every time I read about the Salem Witch Trials.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A lot of high schoolers read 1984. Like I mentioned in last week’s post, I haven’t read it yet. Instead, our high school English class read Brave New World. I remember having a lot of discussions in class about the role of religion and the role of government. It was enlightening, and a lot of prejudices came out.

Night by Elie Wiesel

This book. This book was difficult to read. It was also beautiful and amazing. Read it if you haven’t.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

I read this book in middle school. It made me so sad. So incredibly sad. I have no desire to read it again.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

My English teacher in the tenth grade read a chapter of this book to us each Tuesday. I really looked forward to Tuesdays with Morrie. And yes, high schoolers do still like to be read aloud to. Especially if you’re a talented at reading aloud.

 

What books did you read in school? Do you recommend any of them?

  1. I remember HATING Crime & Punishment at the time. If I read it today, though, I think I would love it. I think it largely had to do with reading a Russian novel in a short time frame as a 16-year-old, whereas I would be able to enjoy the journey more.

    Other books that had an impact:
    -The Crucible (I too was SO angry with this one!)
    – Of Mice And Men (I cried lots with this!)
    -The Awakening by Kate Chopin (I felt a bit scandalized at the time!)

  2. We read “Night” and “Tuck Everlasting” too, and also had “Tuesdays with Morrie” read out to us! I liked that one enough that I went out and read another of Mitch’s books on my own.

    “Night” was, yes, so hard. It was so amazing and horrific. I loved it in the way you love learning about history (*plus I’ve always found the World Wars super interesting) but it made me cry a lot, because it was real and true, and so visceral and tragic. I don’t remember anything about “Tuck Everlasting” except hating it, haha, and same with “Bride to Teribithia” (sp?).

    We also had to read “Summer of the Swans” (hated), “The Maestro” (haaaated, and so did my sister when she got to grade 8 and had to read it too; our mom read it and hated it as well, so it wasn’t just us, haha), “The Giver” (hated at the time, tho I often think I might revisit it since I might appreciate it more now that I’m an adult), and something I think called “The Stone Carvers”? Also hated. XD

    Honestly it’s a good thing I loved reading outside of school because I don’t remember enjoying a single assigned book. And they all had giant “award” emblems on the covers, so to this day, I shy away from books with big awards on the cover!

    • Haha, it’s amazing how the assigned reading often does the opposite of what teachers hope, eh? Don’t bash all books with award emblems on the covers. I just started reading Nimona, it was a National Book Award Finalist. 🙂

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