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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.



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.