Books You've Read For School

@kel1483 (986)
United States
June 11, 2008 5:58pm CST
I know I have had to read a lot of books in school. Whether it was 'James & The Giant Peach' when I was in elementary school or 'The Bhagavad Gita' in college, I have been required to read many books. So lets discuss our favorite and least favorite books we HAD to read for school. For me, my least favorite was 'The Old Man & The Sea'. I just could not get into that book at all. I like Hemmingways short stories (especially 'The Big Two Hearted River'), but I didn't like 'The Old Man & The Sea'. As for my favorites, I enjoyed 'The Great Gatsby', 'Of Mice & Men' and 'Alas Babylon'. The first two of those were in my eleventh grade English class and the last one was from 10th grade English. A lot of people complained about those books, but I liked them. 'Alas Babylon' was not a typical book to be required to read. It wasnt' a classic or anything, it actually had an almost sci-fi vibe to it. So, what were your favorite and least favorite books you read for school?
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• Canada
12 Jun 08
I love reading and I think that it is important for schools to make reading part of their curriculum. I remember having 1/2 quiet sessions during classtime to just read. I'm not sure if they do that anymore. But it's important for kids to read to improve their vocabulary, grammar, knowledge and stretch their imagination. My favorite books that I had to read in elementary were: Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Trumpet of the Swan and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In high school, I really enjoyed reading: Wuthering Heights, MacBeth, Catcher in the Rye. My least favorite books that I had to read when I was in school was: Catch-22 - it was so long and I just couldn't get into the book so I didn't even finish it despite having to write a book report on it. Did okay on the book report though because I guess I understood the central theme of the book. Even though some of the books I didn't enjoy or care for either way, I was glad we were forced to read them because analyzing the themes and concepts and characters of the books were fascinating and made you more immersed in the story. The discussions we would have in class would be stimulating and would open your eyes to how other people perceive a character's actions and words. I still enjoy analyzing books and love discussing books with friends.
• Canada
12 Jun 08
I meant to say *1/2 hour quiet session
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
When I was in school, we got a short time (like 15 minutes) of 'Silent Reading'. That was during elementary school. I think during 'National Reading Month' was really the only time we got the silent reading time. I think it was up to the teachers whether we did it at other times of the year. I don't know if they still do that or not. I was in elementary school in the early '90s so there is a good chance they don't do that stuff anymore. I think my second grad teacher read 'Charlotte's Web' to us. Then I would check it out in the library and re-read it. I've never read Catch-22.
• United States
12 Jun 08
The few favorites that come to mind are: Great Gabspy, 1984, Brave New World, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, I really enjoyed 1984, and Brave New World a bit better than the other two. I am a bit politically inclined and found them to be interesting perspectives of how far governments could/can get out of hand. Confessions of an Economic Hit man was assigned in my global politics course as an optional reading. I found it to be an eye opener. Least favorite book assigned for school is probably one about some butler. I think it was his journal or something. I can't recall it to well, thank goodness.
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I'm not very political, but I think 1984 sounds interesting. A book of a butler's journal? It seems good that you don't remember much of it. Doesn't sound too interesting.
12 Jun 08
I enjoyed Of Mice and Men, Macbeth and Knowledge of Angels. I didn't really enjoy The Winter's Tale very much, luckily I liked all of my other texts!
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I've never read "Knowledge of Angels". What is it about? I never read a Winter's Tale either.
• United States
12 Jun 08
I love reading, so I always loved book assignments in school. I have to say that I have a lot of favorites: The Diary of Anne Frank, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, Brave New World, 1984, The Catcher In The Rye, Ulysses, Of Human Bondage, The Fountainhead and all the Shakespeare I ever read. My least favorite book was Moby D*ck. I really think that Herman Melville was a boring writer. (I guess you know that it won't let me spell out D*ck)! When my children were in school, my oldest daughter was assigned Billy Budd to read by Melville. It was the worst book I have ever tried to read. Completly long-winded and boring, it's no wonder Melville's books didn't sell when he was alive!
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I was never required to read Moby D*ck and it never seemed to capture my interest enough to read it on my own. It's funny that "D*ck" isn't allowed, but I've seen swear words used and they weren't edited Grapes of Wrath is something I'd like to read but have yet to do so. It seems like lately whenever I read I tend to read new releases over the classics.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I read Lord of the Flies in twelfth grade English last year. I dodn't like it. I had to read Of Mice and Men in tenth grade, and didn't like that either. Other than that I liked most of the books I had to read for school. My favorites were 1984 by George Orwell, and Macbeth. I read both of those in twelfth grade
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
A lot of people in my class didn't like 'Of Mice & Men' either. We were never required to read 1984, but I've wanted to read it on my own. I shall also have to add that to my reading list. Macbeth was really good. We also read it in twelfth grade (and Lord of the Flies in 12th as well) and I really liked it. I especially liked the character of Lady Macbeth.
• United States
12 Jun 08
I really loved to read when I was in elementary, middle, and a little of high school. I can remember reading "The Great Gatsby", "Narnia", "Fly Girl", and a few more.
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I really enjoyed 'The Great Gatsby', too. I didn't read Narnia in school. When I was in elementary school one of my teachers read 'The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe' to us, though.
12 Jun 08
This year we read 3 books in English class, They were Zach's Lie, Walk two moons, Tomorrow when the war Began and a great story about a girl during the CR called Red scarfed girl. I enjoyied all of them some such as Walk two moons was hard to read at times as it got boring as hell. I also finished reading the Alex Rider series up to Snake Head, hoping for book 8 :D -Sound
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I haven't read any of those. I may have to look into them.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
12 Jun 08
Gosh funny for me to see this post today. I wish I had to read james and the giant peach, I love that book. LOL But what is funny is that last night I had my children watch Lord of the flies and we discussed the meaning behind the story and stuff which took me back to grade 9 english class with Mrs. Butler. I loved reading that book. I actually enjoyed most of our readings except some of the Shakespeare. To kill a Mockingbird, diary of Anne Frank and catcher in the rye are also up there with the most rememberable ones that I have/want to read again and also past down to my children.
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
James and The Giant Peach was one of the first books (probably the first chapter book) we ever had to read in school. I was quite young 2-4th grade I believe. It was a great book. One day while flipping through channels I saw 'Lord of The Flies' on tv and just couldn't help but stop and watch it. I have never read all of 'The Diary of Anne Frank' only excerpts from it. I was never required to read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' or 'Catcher In The Rye'.
• United States
11 Jun 08
I've had to read a lot of books for school, including one of your favorites, which I also enjoyed, "Of Mice and Men". It's such a sad book, though. I could hardly stand to read the end. Old Man and the Sea I kind of liked, but I clearly didn't get it according to the teacher who assigned it. Books I didn't care for included "A Separate Peace" and "Catcher in the Rye" and a lot of books I can not remember the names of. Anything by Dickens was fun only when someone could explain it to me in brief because his writing (to me anyway) ws just to drawn out and afternoon-soap-like. I gladly read the "Scarlet Letter" and "Goodnight Uncle Tom". Almost anything by Edgar Alan Poe had my undivided interest. I also liked Hamlet very much, and surprisingly, so did many of my friends. My favorite required reading was The Lost World" by Micheal Crichton. It was just fun, even though the movie stank.
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I agree, 'Of Mice and Men' was sad. I've never read 'Catcher in the Rye', but everyone else I've talked to about it has really loved it. I'm not sure if it's something I would like though. I've also never read the 'Scarlet Letter', but I do know the general plot. I should probably add that to my reading list.
@GreenMoo (11842)
11 Jun 08
I'm sure most of the books I was required to read for school were actually good books, but by the time I had done with them in class I detested every one of them. I'm a voracious reader, but there is something about tearing a book apart and putting it back together again to find a deeper meaning that really turns me off. What's wrong with just enjoying it?
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
11 Jun 08
Having to tear apart the books and analyse every last detail was a little annoying at times. Sometimes I think the teachers would delve waaay to far into things. They'd read between the lines a bit too much for me. Sometimes I just like to take a book at face value.
@kerriannc (4282)
• Jamaica
11 Jun 08
I love to read and there was alot of shakespeare books and Caribbean authors that we have to read during my secondary school days. But I enjoy reading the Young Warriors. Yes it was very enjoyable and it is a true to life event. The struggles and the success that this young man have to go through is something else. The other day I was talking about it an a young girl told me that there is a book 3 which I am hoping to get to read because this should be interesting.
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@kel1483 (986)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I've never heard of 'Young Warriors' before. Sounds like it might be an interesting read. We had to read a lot of Shakespeare as well.
@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
11 Jun 08
Hmmm that's a hard one, I have forgotten most of what I read except for Izzy, Willy Nilly. Lord of the Flies and Of mice and men I guess those books stuck to me real good, I do wanna read izzy willy nilly again though, that i thought was a pretty good book and I'm more of a fantasy reader myself
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I read 'Lord of the Flies' in 12th grade English. I liked it. The movie was pretty bad, though.
@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
12 Jun 08
yeah i agree the movie was terrible, maybe because the book is such a classic they may redo the movie like they have with a few others?? *shrug*
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
It was funny, while we were reading the book our teacher would say how we could "watch the movie when we're finished, but trust me it's really bad. You guys could make a better version of it." My English teacher that year was pretty cool (and I guess right about the movie haha).
• United States
12 Jun 08
I am still in high school and we have read All Quiet on the Western Front which was very good. Also we read The outsiders and The Giver in middle school two other books that were extremely good.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I didn't like The Giver, or All Quiet on the Western Front. I liked The Outsiders, though.
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I have never read any of those. I know someone who had to read 'The Outsiders'. I helped her with a project she had to do on it (even though I hadn't read it).
• United States
12 Jun 08
"The Stars My Destination" was the best book I have ever read in College. I loved that book.
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I've never heard of that book. What is it about?
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• United States
13 Jun 08
This book is about a man who is an underdog, he is sent into space and he finds out the he can teleport through space.
@kelnic (27)
12 Jun 08
Ooh great question. The good ones. Charlotte's Web and Peter Pan when I was a youngster. As angst teenager George Orwell took over with Animal Farm and 1984 (it wasn't quite 1984 when cameras were watching over us in the UK, but we're definitely there now). The bad ones - I hated Oliver Twist and still do. Yuk yuk yuk.
@skydancer (1716)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Oh, there's another one I liked, 1984. I am not quite sure why I found it so fascinating though...
@naseeha (1385)
• India
12 Jun 08
I LOved the shakespearean plays i learnt at school and at college. I like treasure island and oliver twist too.
@kel1483 (986)
• United States
12 Jun 08
I was never required to read 'Treasure Island' or 'Oliver Twist'. I know they're classics, but I've never even read them on my own.
@skydancer (1716)
• United States
12 Jun 08
In English class my senior year of high school, the focus was on British literature, and I was introduced to the poetry of Tennyson. He became an instant favorite (although it was more a compilation of poems than it was a book). I also loved Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read my freshman year. I also liked mythological epics such as The Odyssey and Beowulf. I never much cared for Shakespeare. My least favorite was probably Romeo and Juliet... the whole thing just seemed quite forced to me (in fact all of his plays seemed sparse and forced when translated to Modern-day English, and though I understand why this is, it doesn't make me enjoy it any more. They sound good in old English though.)
@manu619 (451)
• India
12 Jun 08
i have read many books from ma school library.. Harry potter series is some of them..
• China
12 Jun 08
I have read lots of books which I don't like.In china,the shool is very boring. I never want shool for the bad books, but my parents stick me. so I have a terriabie time in shool
@angemac23 (2006)
• Canada
12 Jun 08
I liked To Kill a Mockingbird and there was another one I read but I cant remember what it was called....I think it was about about a man and a boy who get shipwrecked or something like that!