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Musing Mondays January 12

January 11th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about assigned reading…

How did you react to assigned reading when you were in school/university/college/etc? How do you think on these books now? What book were you ‘forced’ to read when you where in school that you’ve since reread and loved?

I’ve always been a book lover so I usually tried to keep an open mind to school reading assignments.  In fact, some of my favorite books were books I found from school assignments.  The Eight by Katherine Neville and Pride and Prejudice are two of my all time favorite books.  While I may have at some point picked up Pride & Prejudice I highly doubt I would have found The Eight on my own.  Let’s just say thank you European History class.  It’s a great book and if you have not read it before I highly recommend it.  As for Pride and Prejudice I’m glad it was assigned and I loved it because I really believe that helped my pass my English AP exam in high school.  I can’t remember exactly what the question was but we had to choose from a list of books, one of which was Pride & Prejudice, and write an essay on it.  I got a 5, the highest possible score, and I do no think that would have been possible if I had to choose any other book.

Granted there were several books, while classics that many people loved, I just could not get into.  I had to read The Sound and the Fury and I don’t get it.  I found it boring.  And Black Boy?  Just not my cup of tea.  There were the ones that were ok reads but not ones I would re-visit like A Brave New World and 1984.  I did regret not reading some of the books that were optional reads since I do not think I will force myself to read them on my own.  I heard Tess of the D’urbervilles and Beloved were both quite good but I never could get myself to go out and read them just for the sake of reading.

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12 Responses

  1. laraswimm

    I feel the same way. Currently we are reading “Crime and Punishment” Its not as bad as I thought it would be. Did you have to read that for your AP Lit class?

  2. dsuzuki

    We didn’t although it was again one of those I was interested in reading but not sure I could ever get to it on my own. I think it would hurt my brain at this point. Give me easy reading. :)

  3. Beth F

    I liked (and still do) Faulkner, but I couldn’t stand Tess and I’m not a Morrison fan.

  4. bluestockingbb

    You read the Eight in school? Lucky you!!

    Thanks for stopping by

  5. dsuzuki

    Yup, I still have my copy of The Eight from I think it was 9th grade. It’s pretty beat up by now :)

  6. Ruthie

    I feel the same way about Brave New World and 1984. I’d add Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye to that list too. Wow, I just realized that for me high school English class was over 30 years ago. I feel really old now. :)

  7. gautami tripathy

    Never heard of The Eight!

    Here is mine

  8. dsuzuki

    Ruthie, I can’t remember if I read Lord of the Flies for school or on my own but I remember thinking it was disturbing.

    Gautami, you should check out The Eight. It’s one of those books that follows a story line during the French Revolution and also during the 1970s and eventually the two tie in as the characters are trying to solve the riddle of the Elixir of Eternal Life.

  9. Book Psmith

    I will be adding The Eight to my list of books to check out. We are opposites: I didn’t care for Pride and Prejudice but loved Black Boy:)

  10. dsuzuki

    LOL. I think I’m different from most people. A lot of books other people rave about sometimes just don’t grab me.

  11. laraswimm

    So I have a random question to which I cannot find the answer…. how did you get the list of books on the side kind of like the blogroll…. I think that is way cool and would be helpful….. You help in this matter is greatly appreciated.


  12. D Dubs

    I’m definitely trying to go back and read 1984 and A Brave New World. Thanks for the comment.

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