Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (105)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TOP TEN Required Reading books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The Good

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
3. Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
4. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
5. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Honorary Mention: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Great GatsbyThe Giver (The Giver Quartet, #1)Gideon's TrumpetLies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got WrongCrime and Punishment

The Bad

6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
7. Beowulf
8. Call of the Wild by Jack London
9. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
10. Frankenstein: The Graphic Novel (this one is on here only because it was a graphic novel and I'm not a huge fan- I really want to read the original book!)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, #1)Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationThe Call of the WildHeart of DarknessFrankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text

Even though I didn't enjoy reading the last five, I'm still glad I read them. They all taught me something (for ex. about the ideas of the time period in which they were written) or hold some value (for ex. Beowulf being the first English writing). All of these books, the good and the bad, were an experience, you know?

Which Required Reading books made your list?

32 comments:

  1. I also read The Great Gatsby in high school. I don't know if I could ever study Russian literature at school (though I did read a few segments here and there for my thesis later on), I read Doestoevsky on my own. Interesting list! :)

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    1. I didn't expect to like Crime and Punishment, so I probably wouldn't have read it had it not been for school.

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  2. I read The Giver as a required read in 4th grade and again in 7th grade and it's one of my favorite books. So excited for the movie!
    Great list! :)

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    1. It is- I think I read it three times by the time my class had finished it!

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  3. The thing about books that I was supposed to read for school, was if I didn't want to read it, I didn't. But then I'd try to hide in class until we moved on to the next book. I hated the Great Gatsby the first time I read it. I like Frankenstein though, mostly because it's nothing like the popularized version is like.


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    1. I probably would like the original novel of Frankenstein. It was really the graphic novel formatting we read that made me dislike it, I think.

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  4. Oh God you nailed some of my all time MOST LOATHED BOOKS EVER - Heart of Darkness was the worst. I think the only book I have ever hated as passionately was Waiting for Godot. Which is a worthless, terrible....I HATE THIS PLAY. Anyway side tracked haha. I also was not a big Call of the Wild fan, but I'm with you that I'm glad I read it (the same can not be said for either of the previous books I named).

    I think The Giver was probably one of the most thought provoking school reads I ever got - which is interesting given that I read it when I as in elementary or middle school.

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    1. Same- I read The Giver in seventh grade!

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  5. I actually haven't read The Great Gatsby. I know I should.. it's somewhere on my huge TBR pile. Great list!

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read it, though I understand huge TBR piles!

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  6. I actually liked Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I mean the first 50 pages or so were ROUGH... but I pushed through (bc it was for english class) and ended up being happy I did.

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    1. I would have liked it too, I think, had it been the traditional novel.

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  7. I was also forced to read The Giver in elementary, but I'm so happy my teacher did. Such a powerful book for a young mind!

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  8. I had to read Gatsby in high school and it made my favorites list as well. I am intrigued by the title Lies My Teacher Told Me. I will have to check that one out on Goodreads.

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2013/10/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-was-forced-to.html

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  9. The Great Gatsby and Crime and Punishment were both "good" forced reads for me as well, though honestly I hardly remember anything about C&P except that I liked it. I'm overdue for a re-read I guess. Unlike you, I actually really loved Heart of Darkness. It's one of my favorite books, though I totally understand why it's not for everyone. Great list! :D

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  10. Oh gosh, I hated Heart of Darkness. I don't think I was even able to get through the whole book. Of course, I was a senior when we were supposed to read it, and it was the Spring. I had major senioritis. But I still think of it as my least favorite book ever.

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    1. I only barely made it through the book without senioritis (it was my junior year when we read it).

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  11. I think I have to add The Jungle to this list. Slaughterhouses...rats...*shudder*

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  12. I still need to read The Giver, it's one of those classic dystopian that I've never read. Great list! ~Pam

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read it soon!

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  13. Gatsby and The Giver are fantastic. Frankenstein the novel is thoroughly entertaining so do give it a shot if you get the chance. Here's my TTT

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    1. I definitely want to read the real Frankenstein!

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  14. Oh! The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite good 'forced' books as well! (why didn't I think of that in my TTT I have no idea...). Most of those I haven't read yet though, (I did read most of the books on your bad 'forced' books list and agree with most of them!) ;)

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    1. The Great Gatsby is great, haha. (Oh gosh that was so corny...)

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  15. I wasn't forced to read The Great Gatsby or The Giver but I loved them both when I read them. I struggled thinking of any that I was forced to read, I should have thought harder about what I was required to read for English! My TTT

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    1. That's awesome that you read them on your own!

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  16. I haven't read The Giver yet but I want to read it soon. I didn't like The Great Gatsby.

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    1. Hope you like The Giver! Sorry that you didn't like Gatsby. :/

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