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Funny thing- it took me until I was 27 to read Of Mice and Men. Currently I was reading Waiting but I left it at home and, bookaholic that I am, I happened to have a few books stashed in the trunk of my car for such occasions. It was slow at work so I was able to finish it while there. I know, no big accomplishment for a little 107 page book but still. It just shows how bad it was today (yesterday, same diff) that I was able to sit down at work and kill 107 pages.

It happens that I read a book that is typical required reading in most high schools, but not in the suck ass state I live in, that I just stop and go woah, awesome when I finish. So, it begs the question:

What was required reading for you in high school?

I would like to compile a list from people so that I could possibly work my way through it or see what I have read already; either on my own or apart of what little requirements I had. I find this even more amusing when I think that I was in "advanced" English/Literature courses in high school. All I remember being required of me was a lot of Shakespeare, but always the same ones over and over (Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Macbeth), and Siddhartha (which still stands to be one of my favorite books). I've read just about all Shakespeare but that was all on my own and when I was 12 to 15. It's sad that when I got to the point that they were teaching it I had a teacher that frankly resented me for it.

We finally hung a few Christmas lights outside the apartment tonight and started on the tree. It's painted, at least. And I made the garland. I'll post pics when it's done.

Oh, and if anyone wants to direct random people here to answer the required reading question I wouldn't mind it being pimped a little. I'm really curious.



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Dec. 18th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Here are the ones I remember:

Freshman year: The Odyssey, The Once and Future King, Romeo and Juliet

Sophomore year: The Good Earth, The Sound of Waves, Things Fall Apart

Junior year: The Crucible, The Red Badge of Courage, The Great Gatsby

I didn't take a standard English class my senior year, but I think some of the things I read were general requirements. I read: The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Macbeth, The Epic of Gilgamesh

There were also lots of short stories and poems, and I know I'm leaving out some novel-length things. I'll comment again if I remember any.
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:52 am (UTC)
I remember we read an abridged form of The Odyssey in English III and that made me pick up the real one and read it on it's own that summer.

Other than that and the Shakespeare I've touched nothing on that list except for The Great Gatsby and that was on my own right after Katrina.

Grrrrrrrr..... our school system hear sucks.
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Some of those are worth reading in order to broaden one's literary horizons and etc., but the only ones I'd really recommend (besides The Odyssey) are The Once and Future King, The Crucible, and The Woman Warrior.

If you'd like, I can put together a list of novels that I read over the course of my English degree, too.
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
oh oh oh! That would be awesome! I've read so much more since I've started my English degree and was actually supposed to read The Crucible in an American Lit course but the teacher cut it do to time constraints.

Dec. 18th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
Books books books...

We actually had to read Of Mice And Men. But I'll be damned if I can remember what else : D
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
Oh, and I do remember you told me about Waiting months ago and I LOVE IT! I was so angry when I realized I left it at home. I had just finished The Secret Life of Bees and both books were in my purse so I removed them both w/o thinking.

When I was reading Of Mice and Men most of the people I work with were shocked that I had never read it before. Then again, most of the people at my job aren't even from this state or even close.

Try try try to remember please!
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
Oh excellent! I'm so glad you're enjoying it.

Ok, ok, ok...trying to remember books from English...

Of Mice And Men
Romeo & Juliet
Merchant of Venice

Oh god. I think that's all. Mainly because I didn't get into the Lit class. But they read Animal Farm and a bunch of short stories they never stopped complaining about.
Dec. 18th, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I read Animal Farm in junior high, once again, on my own. It was never required reading in any of my classes but I remember teachers referencing it like some other teacher must have made us read it before. Not many h.s. students were like me and sought out books to read.

I don't remember any of the short stories they made me read, but most were when I was in a private school so they were all religious.
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm a strange sample for what we had to read. I went to school for half of my freshmen year. We read this book about mail-order brides from Japan going to Hawaii. It was weird. Then we read Romeo & Juliet, and Animal Farm. Earlier in the year they were required to read The Odyssey. But in drama we read Oedipus Rex.

Sophomore year I was required to read whatever I felt like. But I read Julius Caesar like the rest of my friends were required to.

Junior year I was required to read Huckleberry Finn and The Crucible. And a few chapters from Moby Dick and other American novels. Grapes of Wrath included. In drama we read As You Like It

Senior year I went to college. I read 5 Shakespeare plays. A Mid Summer's Night Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Henry IV, OthelloBut it was the only literature class I took.

By the way, I love the idea of stashing books in one's car.

Edited at 2008-12-18 05:04 pm (UTC)
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