Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Had to Read in School and Liked

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This list will be a long one. I had some truly wonderful Language Arts teachers over the years. While there were a few books they assigned to us over the years that I didn’t like, I found something enjoyable in the vast majority of our assigned reads.  

I’m assuming that all of the WWBC participants have at least heard of these plays, poems, novels, and other works if they haven’t read them. I chose not to write commentary on them to keep this post from turning into a 1000+ word essay, but I’m happy to expand on anything that you’re all not already familiar with. This is roughly sorted by the age when I read them. Little House in the Big Woods was a fourth grade reading assignment, I believe.

Book cover for The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor EstesLittle House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Edgar Allen Poe’s works, especially “The Raven” and “The Masque of the Red Death”

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Othello by William Shakespeare

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Emily Dickinson’s collected poems

e.e. cummings collected poems

The Iliad by Homer (I think we only read excerpts of this one),

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23 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Had to Read in School and Liked

  1. I loved all of the John Steinbeck we had to read and then just on my own. My favorite was East of Eden. I remember reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, but I think they were ones I chose on my own. It’s all gotten mixed up over the years.

    • Yeah, I may have gotten some of my answers mixed up, too. It can be hard to remember what you read for fun vs. for a grade after a while. 🙂

      I haven’t read East of Eden yet. It sounds interesting!

    • No worries. It happens to all of us at times. Once I accidentally shared a link to Toronto’s weather report instead of a link to my site on a Top Ten Tuesday blog hop. It was embarrassing but hilarious.

  2. Ugh, you can keep Steinbeck. He was one of the few authors I read in school that I really disliked.

    Poe and Shakespeare and Dickinson, on the other hand, I loved. My absolute favorite book that I read in school, though, was Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.

  3. I’m glad you liked most of your school reading. I was the same way 🙂 The first time I read Pride and Prejudice (my favorite book) was for required reading when I was a sophomore in high school!

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