It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a TTT post but I want to get back into them! This week’s TTT was a “back to school freebie” and I decided to talk about the books I was required to read during school (from middle school through college) that I loved. I’m not even sure I can come up with ten – we shall see! I definitely could come up with 10 books I was required to read that I did NOT like – but I’ll save those for another time LOL. I’m going to list these in chronological order as best I can.
I read this book in the 6th grade and remember loving it. By this point in my reading life, I had already read many books set in the WWII era and had already developed a love for them. I loved getting a chance to read this as a class and discuss it with my friends.
I read this book back in the 7th grade. I’m pretty sure this was my very first dystopian book and I remember absolutely loving it. I remember thinking the dystopian/utopian aspect of the book to be so interesting and a new and unique concept to me. I haven’t reread this book as an adult, but I watched the movie adaptation last year and I loved that as well. I haven’t read the rest of the series – have any of you?
I read this book in the 8th grade and I remember finding it fascinating. It definitely was the most violent book I had read to that point, but I also found the psychology explored in the book fascinating. I was the black sheep of the class and was pretty much the only person to enjoy this book.
I read this book in the 8th grade and (again) was pretty much the only person in the class that actually enjoyed this book. I do remember the writing being pretty tedious, but the overall story really appealed to me. This book was my first introduction to the French Revolution and I really loved learning about this time period and I also enjoyed the romance.
I read this book in the 9th grade and found it very eye opening for the time period. I remember being surprised that I wasn’t the only person in my class to enjoy this book (as was usually the case for required reading!).
I read this book in the 8th grade and I LOVED it. I remember really digging the romance (I was too young to realize it was a little on the creepy side at first) and this book stuck with me for years. I also really enjoyed the movie adaptation when I saw it years later.
I read this in the 8th grade. This is probably the only Shakespeare play that I’ve read and loved, probably because it was a comedy. We also watched a movie adaptation that had me LOLing in class, which probably adds to my fond memories of reading this play.
I read this book in the 9th grade. I remember I didn’t LOVE it, but found it really interesting. I didn’t know much about Jewish culture or all boy boarding schools, so in that sense I was being introduced to new things. I also remember watching the movie The Dead Poets Society (with one of my all time favorite actors Robin Williams – RIP!) in class in relation to this book. I LOVED the movie, and maybe that’s why I have such fond memories of this book. I always assumed that movie was loosely based on this book, but it looks like there is a different book titled Dead Poets Society that the movie is actually based on. I’m not sure why I even thought that because the movie’s storyline is completely different, but that fact that we watched this movie in class after we read the book tricked me! Anyways, I’m not sure how much I really loved this book (my feelings for the movie may be confusing me), but either way this book has stuck with me through the years.
I read this book during 11th grade and enjoyed it so much! This book has really stuck with me over the years and it’s one of the few dystopians I remember reading in school. This book continued to foster my love for dystopian worlds.
I read this book in an English class when I was in college and I loved it. I remember that the style of this book really stuck out to me because it was so poetic and strange to me. I’m actually a little surprised that I enjoyed it because I feel like that writing style isn’t really for me. I really enjoyed reading this for class and studying it during that course.
Hurray! I made it to 10! Looks like 8th and 9th grade were really good for me as far as required reading goes. I’m not sure what I would think of these books if I was to read them now, but I enjoyed them when I read them in class – enough for them to stick with me through the years. Did you read any of these books in school?