do you really remember anything about the books you read in highschool?

United States
April 26, 2007 7:47am CST
we had to read a new book about every 3 months in highschool. you know the books your teacher told you you had to read. some of them i cant remeber event he names but there are some that stuck with me. i loved the book my brother sam is dead, no exit, animal farm, farniheit 451. ihated to kill a mockingbird. do you really remeber the books you had to read? did you like them or hate them? what was your favorite and what was your most hated?
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@krebstar5 (1266)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I actually rememeber a lot of the books I read in high school, a lot more than I remember the ones from college. I think that is because it is often easier for me to remember fiction. I think part of the reason why I remember so many of them is because a lot of them I either really loved (To Kill a Mockingbird, Cold Sassy Tree, The Great Gastby) or really hated (The Sound and the Fury, The Scarlet Letter, Heart of Darkness). Perhaps it was because those years solidified my love of reading and since we had to pick them apart so much, I just remember them better. It's funny because recently I've been thinking of giong back and rereading some of these books. I want to see how I think about the issues in the books differently now that I'm older. For instance, when I reread To Kill a Mockingbird last summer, I think I liked it even more than the first time I read it. I understood it a little better than before. Oh, and for the book I most hated, that might have to be Heart of Darkness. The story was just drowning in way too much description and I found it so hard to get through. The kicker is that it's also a really short book. Oh well, I guess it just wasn't for me.
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@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Yeah, I remember that was when I really knew I had to go looking for something decent to read. Despite a good teacher, we got some weird collection of objects which I honestly can't say I want to remember. To Kill A Mockingbird might well be a great book, but I can't pretend that my education and love of reading was in any way influenced by it. A friend and I more or less ransacked the school library looking for decent books. There was something called "A High Wind In Jamaica" as one of the required books, and to this day I have no idea if there was an actual book, or just a collection of oppressive pages. Zero impact. It's one of the few books I've ever managed to completely ignore. Even "Lolita" was conspicuous enough to despise, but not this thing. I found "Three Men In A Boat" by Jerome K Jerome, a 19th century book which still is one of my alltime favorites. "White Fang" by Jack London, "1984", "Brave New World", and there must have been a few others, because I practically lived in the library, but those are the standouts. I still have copies of all of them.
@ergg78 (344)
• Malaysia
26 Apr 07
:) hmm.. yeah, only a small portion of it. unless you are a teacher.. you teach back your student the same book you've learn in high school. :D glad that we don't have to memorize it constantly.
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@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Yes I remember some of the more popular books we had to read. Didn't care for them but I remember them. The one book I really liked was "Where are the Children" by Mary Higgins Clark. I had to read it my 10th grade year for my creative writing class. I couldn't put the book down and that is the book that got me hooked on Mary Higgins Clark. I now own all her books. She is a great author.
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Yes, I remeber quite a few of them. We read the classics and there is definitely a reason those books stay around forever. We read all of Dickens, most of Jane Austen, Thackeray,the brontes etc. The one I liked the best was George Eliots "The Mill On The Floss" and the one I liked least was the Bronte classic "Wuthering heights." Don't know whay but I never liked that book. I re-read it a number of years later and I still didn't like it.
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• Philippines
27 Apr 07
I hate Romeo and Juliet :l
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• United States
27 Apr 07
I hated this book too. I didn't even remember reading it in HS until I read your comment. I'm not a big shakespear fan!!
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• United States
27 Apr 07
I hated Macbeth.The one thing I do remember is that we had to read TessD'Ubervilles.I didn't really read it but I had seen the film and i took notes in class and I aced my exam on it.I do remember liking Romeo and Juliet. We broke it down so we could learn Elizabethan English. And we had to memorize a few lines of the play.
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@mypchere (582)
• Indonesia
27 Apr 07
i just remember a little, not all i have read. it would be easier to remember reading book in our interest, so if you interest in the book than you will easier to remember it
• United States
27 Apr 07
i remember getting assigned "1984" to read. i still remember it,and it's getting scarier by the day.he was off a few years,but some of the things seem on the way to happening now. treasure island i didn't really like. i know it's a classic,but it seemed slow rolling to me.
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@bindishah (2062)
• India
27 Apr 07
We never had to read the books on our own time btu used to study them ins chool. but i was one of those who would read the entire book in the beginning itself rather than going chapter by chapter in school. I remember we had David Copperfield in the sixth grade. I loved reading it. As we grew older, we had a lot of Shakespeare plays like A Midsummer's Night Dream, As You Like It, etc. We would also have collections of short stories which i still remember (some of them atleast).
• United States
27 Apr 07
I really hated Animal Farm, no offense :)) I didnt ever read To Kill a Mocking Bird. I am trying to recall those books though that my teachers had us read. You know another I didnt like? "The Scarlet Letter". It made me ANGERY! How sad it was a book that was totally sad! :(( However, it was boring at times too! Cant recall right now many others though. But those I did recall. Dickens was kinda interesting. I loved some Shakesphere. Those I wasnt told to read was mostly christian fiction teen books. Like Christy Miller (still a favorite series!). I also loved Wrinkle in Time Series, and well others too.
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@krgreen (61)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
aaaaaahhh . the books. i remember reading alot of books in high school. some i remember only the titles, others only the story, even others just certain scenes. but what i remember clearly is the feeling when i was absorbed in the the story. so when ever someone would mention a particular title or i hear about a stoy similar to the one i read years ago a familiar emotion would stir inside of me, and i'd sometimes get excited or just lay back let the warmth reignite my memories of the book.
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• United States
27 Apr 07
I wasn't allowed to read to kill a mockingbird cause my mom and step dad had issues with it. I do remember readng Farenheit 451 though. It was a good book. Other than that, I really don't remember reading that many books. I do remember reading a book for a friend and doing his homework over it but I can't remember the name of the book now. I only remember doing it cause I would wake up at 3 or 4am and not be able to go back to sleep so I would pull his book and homework out.
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@Betso221 (1702)
• India
27 Apr 07
Nope i never used to remember at that very moment when i used to study and go for my papers what will i remember now. I just stay far from books cause they will never mix wit me..
@wonderful1 (2075)
• China
27 Apr 07
yes, i remembered some of books i have to read.I think it is necessary to read some books that we are not interested in.in our country ,there is a proverb,' when you use the knowledge, you found you read too little books.'we dont know which book is useful for us in the future,so we should read more and more,from our interests to hateress.
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@kooora (116)
• India
27 Apr 07
book have been always my interest i always used to gulp books whenever i got a chance especially in highschool and i remember many of them , i hated fairy tales for no reason and i hate books on super heros
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
at this stage og my life i cant remember any books that i have read during school days time, maybe i havent read anyone.
@Transformed (1262)
• United States
26 Apr 07
No, because most of the books that I read in high school were not good. Most of them were "classics" written for people in other times and I could not relate. While I didn't mind some classics like the Scarlet Letter, I can't get into some of them like Pride and Prejudice. P&P was dreadful to me.
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• India
26 Apr 07
not much... little!! and plzzzzzzzzz i hate studying dont remind me again;)
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
2 May 07
The only one I really remembered was To Kill A Mockingbird. I actually liked the book and was the first (and only one, I think) to actually read the chapters assigned and was the only one that knew the answers to the teachers questions when she asked them. I vaguely remember Animal Farm, since you brought it up. I remember having to read it, but not what it was about.