Thursday, September 6, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - School Books

We all had to read things in school that we didn’t like … but what
about something you read for a class that you ended up liking (or
loving)? An author you discovered that you might not have found? A
genre you hadn’t thought about?
I guess I'm getting old here because I can't remember very many things I had to read in school. Being homeschooled meant I had plenty of time for reading, whether I liked my school assignments or not.

I had some negative reactions to some of the literature curriculum we used in those days. But my parents had already instilled a deep love of reading by reading aloud to me and also by setting a reading example. So I can forgive them the bad curriculum and book lists. (Although I still think the Autobiography of Ulysses S. Grant was one of the worst books I ever had to read.)

I do think "required" reading defeats the point (as independent as I am, I bet you knew I was going to say that). I read a few Dickens books in my teen years. I thought they were boring and awful. But then, a few years ago, when it was my own idea, I decided to read through all Dickens' novels in order. What a revelation! I was much better able to appreciate them, although I think some of them are over-rated and I do not see why Great Expectations or A Tale of Two Cities are required but Our Mutual Friend, Little Dorrit, or Bleak House aren't.

Now that we homeschool our girls, I've discovered a lot of new authors and books that I didn't know about. I had never seen the Bruce Coville picture books based on Shakespeare's plays before I read them to my girls. They're gorgeous and I'd love to own at least one or two of them.

Speaking of Shakespeare, another book that I only found after I started homeschoolng my daughters:

Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare. I really enjoy just reading through this one. My oldest and I also enjoy taking turns reading aloud some of the stories. Maybe if schools started with this, teenagers wouldn't despair and simply read the Cliff's notes version of whatever play by Shakespeare their teacher assigns.


How about you? Did you find any favorite books off the required reading list in your school days?

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Yes, and even after writing my post, others have come to me, but here's MY THURSDAY MEMES POST

Tribute Books Mama said...

A Tale Of Two cities is one I read to in High School.

Vicki said...

I only remember 2 of the books I had to read.
Here Is My BTT

City Girl Who Loves to Read said...

I remember reading a few of Dicken's novels.

MacKenzie said...

I do remember really liking a lot of the sonlight books we had to read and although I don't think we'll end up doing songlight, I'm excited about reading them to my kids either way. One book I really really didn't like in high school - Moby Dick. My mom eventually let me stop and pick another. I still haven't tried to read it again and I'm pretty sure I could never assign it to one of my kid.

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