Well, I am hopping on board with the Six for Sunday tag hosted on A Little But A Lot, and today’s prompt is books you read in school! English and literature were my favorite subjects, so I’ll try to keep it down to six 🙂
A Christmas Carol
This is one of the earliest books I can remember really paying attention to in school. We read this in the sixth grade and then took a field trip to a regional theatre company about an hour away from my middle school to see the play. It was such a beautiful and detailed and intricate portrayal that it probably has something to do with my involvement in theatre to this day, as well!
The Catcher in the Rye
Another classic high school read, Catcher is one that I’m afraid to ever read again because I don’t want to experience it through anything other than high school eyes and experiences.
This is the first book I remember making me cry. The seventh grade class in which I read this was also full of other staples of literature (Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.) and our teacher was incredibly engaging and somewhat akin to Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, so in addition to The Outsiders being an entire emotional ride, it also carries with it the memories of that wonderful literature class. I am confident I appreciate it more now than I did as a seventh grader.
I remember actually being really surprised when Twilight was on the summer reading list at my Catholic middle school! Nonetheless, I read it and the rest of the series and I am proud to say that I was, and always will be, #TeamJacob.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I’m not sure if this one really counts, as it wasn’t read as part of a curriculum, but this is the book that reinvigorated my love of reading. I read LOADS during elementary school, but then for years I didn’t pick up a book that wasn’t required reading for school. I still don’t know why I stopped– I certainly did not fall out of love with reading, just out of the habit. In my sophomore year of high school I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson at a friend’s recommendation, and I don’t know that I even necessarily loved the book, but I remembered that I loved reading, so I took extra care to read for leisure more!
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
I credit this book, not unkindly, as the book that taught me that I am not obligated to love classics. There’s something about Joyce that does not envelop me the way Shelley, Hemingway, or the Brontes do, and that’s just fine.
Well it was definitely tricky to keep this list down to six, so I look forward to next week’s prompt! Did you read any of these books in school? What was your favorite school book? Let me know below!