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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 07:55 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.