This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.This list is really freaking hard for me, because as I’ve said before I didn’t read a lot as a kid. So I actually thought more about required reading as well that I’d like to revisit – which counts, I suppose. *cough* My excitement here is palpable.
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: DUH? This was my childhood. And fair enough, I’ve reread it a ton of times, but not recently. The last time was probably 5-6 years ago. Must fix that this year.
2. The Water series by Kara Dalkey: I absolutely loved this series as a kid, which kind of gave me my obsessive hope for more awesome mermaid series. But was it as awesome as I remember? Wasn’t I just easily impressed because I didn’t read much?
3. The Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix: I never finished this series, because it was still being released when I kind of grew out of it / stopped reading altogether? That makes me sad though. I really loved the first book. I wonder if it was really that good though.
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley | 5. 1984 by George Orwell
6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury | 7. Anthem by Ayn Rand
I think you can see a trend here, right? Of all my required reading, the only ones that I actually really enjoyed were coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) dystopian! I dunno why… I guess I just loved thinking about the kernels of truth in those societies and was thrilled with thinking how they might happen. But would I still like them? Honestly, I remember almost nothing about these, just that I enjoyed them at the time.
8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I’m probably one of the only people in the world who didn’t care for this book. I scarcely know of a more universally loved classic. But I think I just didn’t *get* it. I think it just went straight over my head. It’s worth revisiting – though I don’t think I’ll read the sequel coming out either way.
9. Animal Farm by George Orwell: Though I loved 1984, I just didn’t get Animal Farm. I mean, I was pretty bad with all literature, but this satire should have been easily impressive. I think maybe my history knowledge just wasn’t up to par when we had to read this.
10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote: I actually really liked this one, but it’s been ages. I don’t remember much about the story. But I’ve been thinking about rereading it lately.