Top Ten Books I Would Have Loved if They Weren’t Required School Reading

Top Ten Tuesday

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! 😀


Top Ten Eight Books I Would Have Enjoyed if I Wasn’t Required to Read Them

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Would Have Loved if They Weren’t Required School Reading

  1. Very interesting topic~
    I totally know what you mean, reading a book for class just completely ruins the experience. The annotating, dissecting (made up) metaphors and similes, essays about themes… *shudders* It takes all of the fun out of reading.
    I’ll admit that I owe it to English class for some of the classics I’ve read – 1984, The Outsiders, and A Brave New World are all pretty great, and I probably wouldn’t have picked them up if they weren’t required. But I also have a lot of gripes about how restrictive a lot of English teachers can be about what we read (published in the 21st century = modern, commercialized, trash with no literary significance).
    Awesome list 🙂


    1. That’s very true! Although I hate having to take notes on the books, the following discussions in class about the symbols and stuff can be SO interesting. Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  2. My English teacher recommended me to read The Lord of the Flies, but just like you I was a bit reluctant to, because he suggested it to me. Is that bad? Haha, great post as always!


  3. To Kill A Mocking Bird is incredible. It was one of the first classics I read and it made me want to read more. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to reread it soon.

    Happy, Reading, Jordan


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