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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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wicked_g
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
Macbeth
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.
moltobene1925
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.