I tend despise things that I am required to do. It’s a little ridiculous. I could just choose to not do them, but there’d be consequences. Like not reading A Tale of Two Cities would have resulted in very bad grades and a failed test, and I start to panic when I think about abandoning homework assignments because I’m a nerd. Anyway, I almost always end up hating the books I have to read for school.
I often start off enjoying them, but then I remember that I have to take meticulous notes, analyze symbols and themes, and finish by a certain date that I don’t get to choose. It just drives me to strongly dislike the books.
Anyway, I decided that I would, in some time, read the books I started to enjoy again at my own leisure so that I will have the chance to really enjoy them. And that idea lead to the making of this TTT post! 😀
Ten Eight Books I Would Have Enjoyed if I Wasn’t Required to Read Them
- Pride and Prejudice– Okay, I’m not going to lie. I enjoyed reading this book, but then I procrastinated taking notes so I ended up stressed and annoyed which sort of ruined the experience. My fault, but same end result. I need to reread this one ASAP.
- 1984– I didn’t even finish reading this one until the extreme last minute, so I rushed through it. I loved how disturbing this one was, especially because it can be compared to our modern society (in the US, anyway) in so many ways.
- Othello– I normally don’t read Shakespeare for enjoyment because I literally understand nothing without a teacher or someone to walk me through some of the confusing language. Despite the language, it was a interesting read. However, having to stand up and read the lines of Brabantio in front of my class was what ruined it for me. I read at the speed of a 1st grader because of the old language. Gah!
- Lord of the Flies– This book had some awesome themes and ideas, but again, having to read it at a certain speed drove me nuts.
- The Outsiders– Oh gosh, I love the movie (Hey, Sodapop!) and I would have adored this book if I wasn’t forced to read it in class.
- To Kill a Mockingbird– I went into this book thinking it was going to be about a bird (I was an idiot ninth grader, okay?) and that it was going to be dull, so the first half of the book was indeed dull because I treated it like a chore to read. The last half won me over and I feel like I should reread it to appreciate it fully.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn– I may have despised my teacher while reading this book so when we read it aloud as a class, I was thoroughly annoyed. I’m pretty sure my whole opinion of this book is tainted by that, right now.
- Hamlet– We didn’t even read this in class. We watched the movie, read one scene, acted out another scene, and then we were done. What.