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


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 –



  • 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


    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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