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Top Ten Books I (Wish I) Was Forced To Read in SchoolHaha, I focused just on the school part of this topic as I haven’t been in the book blogging world for long and thus haven’t really been forced by you guys to read books. (And how do you define being “forced” anyway?) Anyway, here we go!
1984 by George Orwell: This is a classic, so I don’t think it needs much explanation. It’s just totally haunting and one of the best dystopians out there.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I’m particularly happy that I read this in English class where we had to analyze symbolism and do lit crit, because I would not have done that reading it on my own, and then I don’t think I would have liked it as much.
Anthem by Ayn Rand: So I think I read this in 8th grade or something, which is an absurdly long time ago, so I don’t thoroughly remember what this was about, but dystopia! Yes! And in this world they only talk about “we” – the pronoun “I” was lost. I mean, I mean. I love it. Really should reread.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: I freaking love this book. I think it was my favorite required read. Dystopia is just totally my thing, and I loved the weirdo world in this book. It was also massively fun to analyze.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn: This is a bit of an odd one. It’s a philosophical novel, where a man answers an ad from a teacher looking for serious pupils and finds a gorilla. It was kind of strange, but it really made me think, and it was one of the only required reading books that I really blazed through and read eagerly.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Do you see the dystopian trend? Yeah, I strangely didn’t, but, haha, I found that out later. This is just a must read, I think.
The Assault by Harry Mulisch: YES! I was so excited in my IB English class that as one of the works in translation they picked this Dutch book! So I actually read it in Dutch! And got to comment in discussion about the translation and stuff. Anyway, a really good World War II historical fiction. I loved it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: No, I was like in the only English class that wasn’t forced to read Pride and Prejudice. You have no idea how upset that made me. I mean, I need an extra push to read classics, and P&P was like the only classic whose plot sounded even mildly interesting to me. So I did actually read this later on my own, and I loved it.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: I’m so sad I didn’t get to read this. I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower and everyone says that it kind of feels like The Catcher in the Rye – or at least that the two books could easily be paired together. So I need to get to reading this sometime soon.
The Giver by Lois Lowry: *headdesk* teachers, why did you deprive me so? Why did we not read this while we did read boring stuff like The Scarlet Letter and The Poisonwood Bible? *sigh*