The High School Book Review

Posted August 22, 2017 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Top 10 Tuesday / 0 Comments

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Don’t you love New York in the Fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies… I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.  – Tom Hanks, You’ve Got Mail

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Ahhhh  Fresh School supplies.  Back to School.  An excuse to throw one of my favorite movie quotes of all times into this blog.  No kiddos here, but the bus-stop is across the corner from my house and I love watching them trudge to school every day on my way to work.  Given that this week’s theme is “Back to School Freebie,” I decided to test myself to see if I could remember 10 books that I loved reading (and to prove to myself if I really deserved that 5 score on my Advanced Placement Literature Exam).  

(Oh, and also to remind myself that I have a pretty wide range of literary likes, even if primarily stick to one or two genres these days)

10 Books I Remember Reading – and Enjoying! – in High School

  • All’s Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque.  While written to reflect WWI, the lessons learned still carry over to what’s going on in the world today.  And that last paragraph.  Just… wow.
  • Medea – Euripides.  Okay, kind of a cheat because I was in Drama Club and starred in our school’s production. Even though Medea is portrayed as the Villian, I felt a tremendous amount of empathy for her.
  • Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck.  Okay, so I probably read 50% of this and googled the rest because THAT BOOK IS SO LONG!!  But I wish I would have paid closer attention, once again due to the strong parallels to today’s headlines. 
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare.  I had to read it three times, so I remember it.  And those witches were pretty groovy.
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck.  This one was short (unlike Grapes of Wrath), which is one of the reasons I remember liking it at the time. It’s one of the only book’s I’ve reread from High School as an adult.  
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding.  I had an amazing English teacher and this never struck me as inappropriate at the time, but really?!? Those kids…. And they…. And then they…. Was that really such a good idea?
  • Tartuffe –

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  • Animal Farm – George Orwell.  I think this one was supposed to be about socialism, but all I remember are the talking animals.
  • The Great Gatsby

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    This book taught me about symbolism (the dock, the watching eyes on the billboard) and I tried to re-read it as an adult.  But then I learned that the movie was coming out so I threw that one out the window.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee.  I think most everyone read this as a kid.  Atticus, Scout, and their fight for what is right (plus Scout getting stuck in a ham costume).

And one freebie-for me.  This wasn’t required reading by any means, but highschool was the first time I stayed-up all night reading a book.  This book is still my #1 re-read to this day and the first book I ever recommended to any of my friends:

The nostalgia is overwhelming me!!!  What are your remembered re-reads from High School?

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