Question of the Day: Which Required Reading Books Did You Love and Dislike in School?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

We all remember being in school and the teacher handing out a new book the class would be reading for the next couple of weeks. Some we enjoyed and perhaps returned to again as adults. Others, well, not so much. 

What we want to know today is Which books you were assigned in school were your most and least favorite? Which ones did you come back to again and read over as an adult for a better understanding of the material? 

To get the ball rolling, I'll start with my choices. I really enjoyed reading J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" (7th grade) and Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" (9th grade). I did not enjoy reading Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" (10th grade).

How about you? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  

Danielle Masterson (Editor) September 22, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Oh, how can I choose just one?! My favorite book that I was asked to read in high school was "Jane Eyre." My least favorites? "Billy Budd" and "Pride & Prejudice." I didn't like "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" when I read it in high school, but I read it again this past summer and loved it.
Barbara L'Heureux September 23, 2011 at 01:30 AM
I loved Pride and Prejudice (so much so that I voluntaily read Sense and Sensibilities) and I hated Heart of Darkness.....
Sean Fowler September 23, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I like Billy Budd quite a bit. It's I Know Why the Caged bird Sings that was just awful. The Things They Carried also was terrible.
Kelly Tchorz September 23, 2011 at 02:03 PM
I love To Kill A Mockingbird. It has so many compelling moments and I read this book to/with my stepsons who loved it too and asked to rent the movie.
Robert Thys September 23, 2011 at 05:17 PM
I thought the Lord of the Flies and 1984 were very thought provoking books and enjoyable to read. I also enjoyed Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Death of a Salesman and the Crucible. Great books that I thoroughly enjoyed and really made me think about the deeper meaning of the stories.


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