It's time for another edition of my periodic What Books feature! It's been awhile. I have so many book memories from my childhood. Different books touched me in different ways and had came to me at important times. So with this feature, I'm highlighting books that affected me for various reasons.
See prior editions of What Books? here:
Favorite Not-Super-Popular Book Series
Favorite Ghost/Scary Stories
The Movie Is Better Than The Book - Check out this post for lots of fabulous comments
Favorite Obscure Childhood Book
Favorite Books to Re-Read
Favorite Books That You Didn't Love At First
Favorite Cry Your Eyes Out Books
Favorite Books That Totally Freaked You Out
What Books? Favorite Assigned High School Reading
Required reading is a big staple of high school. The books that you're forced to read in English class often stay with you long after all memories of algebra and chemistry have disappeared. You'll look back and think about how much you loved a book or perhaps hated a book.
My high school reading list was pretty much the standard American and Western European works that every American high schooler reads. A little Shakespeare, a little Dickens, a little Twain, etc. I definitely liked some more than others. Here are a few of my favorites:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
*I'd read this when I was 11. I understood it much better when I was 14.
I also remember reading Macbeth by Shakespeare, The Odyssey by Homer, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (this might not have been 9th grade), Cry the Beloved Company by Alan Paton
Les Miserables (abridged) by Victor Hugo
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
*We had to choose a Victorian-era novel for a big project in 10th grade. I chose David Copperfield - the longest option.
We also read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It's one of my favorite books now, but I wasn't a big fan in tenth grade. Other reads include A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
We also read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I think I'd like it better now. Other books include The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Billy Budd by Herman Melville, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Iliad by Homer
Night by Elie Wiesel
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
*I read this for Academic Decathlon.
We also read The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Hamlet by Shakespeare, Beowulf.
****We read other books during high school, but I can't remember them right now. I may have mixed up the grades on a few of the books, but I think most of them are correct****
Books I Hated: Only two: Walden by Henry David Thoreau and Billy Budd by Herman Melville
What were your favorite assigned reading in high school? What books did you hate?
I'm especially interested to see what non-Americans read