Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
August 26: Back to School/Learning Freebie (in honor of school starting back up soon, come up with your own topic that fits the theme of school or learning! Books that take place at school/boarding school/during study abroad, books you read in school, textbooks you liked/didn’t like, non-fiction books you loved or want to read, etc.)
I don’t remember much of what we read in middle school, but these are the ones that stand out in my memory.
The View From Saturday
We read The View from Saturday in 6th grade. I don’t remember much of the book, but I remember loving it and reading ahead of the reading schedule of the class.
Lord of the Flies
We read this one in 7th grade and I hated it so very very much.
Much Ado About Nothing
This one was a lot of fun, we read it in 8th grade if I’m remembering correctly.
This was a summer reading book for two years in a row. It was fine, but not my favorite.
Also a summer reading book, the summer before 6th I think, so you could count it with elementary school (like Espananza Rising – I read them back to back, one for 5th and one for 6th). This one takes places in Florida. Its cute, but I like the movie better.
We did a lot in 9th, especially because we changed teachers a month into the school year.
Romeo and Juliet
Its a classic, but reading this in a class of 15 year olds is very annoying. We did the No Fear Shakespeare version and it felt like we were being talked down to. Also, we watched the Romeo + Juliet movie twice and its terrible.
Raisin in the Sun
I know people adore this play, but I HATED it. Maybe its because I read it in class having to do discussion questions every scene but it was so boring.
I mean, this one was great.
The House on Mango Street
This book was really depressing, it was good, but 15 year old me couldn’t handle the depressing-ness along with all the assignments for it.
The Count of Monte Cristo
This was our summer reading. I hated it so much, its the only school required book I willfully did not finish.
We did quite a lot in 10th grade.
This was our summer reading and its so boring. It was pretty interesting in some places, but he continued to repeat the same point over and over and I got bored with it. I did finish, but only cause I had to.
Antigone is a good read in a classroom setting.
V for Vendetta
I LOVED V for Vendetta, I actually have a signed copy.
This is a nonfiction account of a man living through the Holocaust and it was so good and about half the class cried when we found out it was an autobiography not historical fiction.
I hate this book with every fiber of my being. I hate Ayn Rand.
Taming of the Shrew
This was a lot of fun to read as a class. Everyone read a different character. I read a part at one point of a servant who got slapped and the boy that was meant to “slap” me was such a chicken about it I had to fake slap him so we could continue the scene.
Stephen King’s memoir – this was a summer reading book for us.
Thank You For Arguing
The other summer reading book. Nonfiction, kinda interesting in parts but ultimately boring, with a lot of references that were super outdated (like senators of the 1980s and an obsession with Animal House).
This was a fun read. I like Greek mythology and stuff.
Pride and Prejudice
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Importance of Being Ernest
The Death of Ivan Illych
I had two summer reading books before my freshman year.
Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human
Color and Character
Its July 2nd as I write this, so I don’t have much to say yet.