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.