Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read for Class

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Happy Tuesday!! Since this new semester is now well underway and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is open-ended, I thought I would share with you all my Top Ten Favorite Books I’ve Read for Class (that’s a genre, right? Well, it is now!). Assigned reading often has a bit of an undeserved bad reputation. Sure, you’re not going to love everything that you’re assigned to read for school, but isn’t that the point? Being forced to explore different genres, authors, and texts can open your eyes to new perspectives and topics you never knew you would enjoy learning about. Some of my all time favorite books were originally assigned reading for classes!

In the spirit of the back-to-school season, here are my top picks in the order that I read them:

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Honorable Mentions: Lord of the Flies by William Golding {high school freshman}, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer {high school freshman}, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins {college freshman}

What are some of the best books that you’ve had to read for school? What do you think of the books on my list? How do you feel about assigned reading in general? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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37 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read for Class

  1. I also read Fahrenheit 451 in school and it was one of those books that left a lasting impression! Haven’t read any of the others yet – my classics/lit game tend to be really weak, oops – but I am planning to get into The Great Gatsby eventually. 🙂

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    1. Fahrenheit 451 is so amazing! I feel like it often gets forgotten as one of those classics that you read in school and then never again, but it’s honestly a brilliant novel. I hope you enjoy The Great Gatsby whenever you get around to reading it– it’s basically life-changing ❤

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    1. Same! I read it for my Intro to Lit class my first semester of college at the very end of the course, and it was the perfect way to roll into finals week for that class. It was also super interesting to read it from a more critical perspective– there’s so much that I missed when I read it for the first time years ago!
      Thank you! 🙂

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books for class, but I have read Lord of the Flies in 9th grade and Into Thin Air last 11th grade (scared me to bits, esp. because my grandfather died in a mountaineering accident in Nepal) I really like Atonement by Ian McEwan, Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson and the crazy mess that is Anathem. Also I had to read The End of Night by Paul Bogard as part of a project an it legit changed how I think of the world and writing so…

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    1. I’m really intimidated by Into Thin Air for that very reason– it seems so scary to read about! I haven’t read any of the books that you mentioned, so I’ll have to check them out 🙂

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  3. I was getting worried there for minute as I had read a pathetic NONE of the books on your list – until I got to My Antonia. (insert sigh of relief) lol Two of my favorite books that I had to read in high school were Pride and Prejudice and A Tale of Two Cities – they are still two of my favorite books today … many many years past HS 😉 My TTT

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    1. I wish I had to read Pride and Prejudice for class– that would be so much fun! I think it would also start some really good class discussions. Besides, there’s always the possibility of being able to watch a movie adaptation in class as well 🙂

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  4. The Great Gatsby was an assigned read at uni for my first year. I hated it, haha. This semester, I am supposed to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I don’t know how I feel about it! It can’t be worst than Lolita ….

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    1. I’ve never read Lolita, but I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews of it. For me, it’s always been one of those books that I’m intimidated to read. I don’t know if I could get past the uncomfortable subject matter. Anyways, I hope you enjoy reading Huck Finn! 🙂

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  5. I’ve read the first four on the list. I absolutely hated catcher in the rye but have been told it’s because I read it in my 20’s, and not my teens when it’s more relatable. I also greatly disliked Gatsby in high school but gave it a second try a couple years ago… still no. Read Huck Finn for fun and quite liked it. And I only remembered Farenheit 451 because of the Alanis Morrissette lyric, “burn the books.” (This dates me, I’m sure!) I also did not like the Hunger Games. I don’t know if I’ll be reading any more of the books on this list now, lol. Although your review of Gone With the Wind has inspired me to put it next on the list!

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    1. Huckleberry Finn is one of my absolute favorite American classics. It takes a little while to get through at first because of the dialect that Twain writes in, but once you get used to it the story is brilliant. I’ve read it for two classes over the years and I’ve loved it every time! ❤

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