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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 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)