Books you had to read in school. (55)

1 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-30 17:03 ID:Bz5NAV14

Let's go back (or stay there), and talk about books you had to read in school.

Fahrenheit 451 was one of them, I actually liked it a lot.

2 Name: Bookworm : 2007-09-30 18:54 ID:SIOEAFQ0

Mathematics for Data Processing, Second Edition

Somewhat dry, lacked a satisfactory resolution.

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4 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-04 03:19 ID:xblyG64l

Doña Bárbara, for History of Colombia and Venezuela. This book is actually pretty damn good D: Sort of a "rip-roaring adventure" with literary merit. And deep in the Venezuelan consciousness...I actually heard Hugo Chavez referencing it, calling Bush "Señor Danger" after one of the characters.

5 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-06 22:45 ID:PMVX03t+

I read "The Bean Trees," by Barbara Kingsolver. I thought it was a really good book, I finished it ahead of my class, but it's a "chick-lit," and a romance, to boot, along with some political problems, attempted suicide and child abuse here and there.

6 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-19 02:37 ID:7+XO+NNY

I read Fahrenheit 451 for school years ago. Should probably read it again as I'm not sure I got much out of it at the time.

7 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-19 04:43 ID:S7xeQDuT

Voices in the Dark: The Narrative Patterns of Film Noir, by J.P. Telotte

I really enjoyed it, even though it gets densely academic at times.

8 Name: Bookworm : 2007-10-20 03:29 ID:/8AOfnQc

I think everyone has to read Fahrenheit 451 at some point in their school career. I was the only one in my class who actually liked it.

9 Name: A 10th Grader!3GqYIJ3Obs : 2007-11-24 01:44 ID:0McOIVT4

I read Nothing But The Truth (by Avi) last year, and even though everyone moaned and groaned about it, I actually enjoyed it. It felt like a real case file, and helped open my eyes to what lawyers must go through every day.

10 Name: Bookworm : 2007-11-30 05:18 ID:i441qCMu

Actually, I only ever read it for kicks. Not bad, though Bradbury is a bit luddite-ish.

It's kind of sad that now I'm in college, pretty much all books I read are part of my class list.

11 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-03 18:23 ID:RetGMSiA

I didn't. This old lady was in charge of what my private school's english classes read, so we got stuff like The Odyssey and Tale of Two Cities since she loved those books.

Note, The Odyssey was one of the better things I've ever read.

12 Name: Bookworm : 2007-12-25 14:14 ID:Heaven

I had to read Nothing but the Truth and Moves Make the Man in middle school.

I hate them both.

13 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-28 22:31 ID:yb1EfCa/


I read Nothing but the Truth and loved it until the conclusion, which was really dumb.

I'm in middle school and we've read... The Once and Future King, Things Fall Apart, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, Watership Down plus some other stuff I don't remember. Hated Watership and Fahrenheit, liked the others.

14 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-29 12:15 ID:9N1vpMq9

We read over the years:
Lockee Leonard: Human Torpedo
Letters from the Inside
Back on Track: Diary of a Street Kid
Deadly Unna
Minimum of Two
Romeo and Juliet
Montana 1948
If This is a Man
Sky Burial
Nineteen Eighty-Four

There were others but I don't remember there names. Sky Burial and Nineteen Eighty-Four was actually really great!

15 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-29 23:09 ID:3rHGu5/u

Flowers for Algernon

16 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-30 12:25 ID:9rioZk1q

The Giver in grade 3.

Actually pretty okay. (:

17 Name: Bookworm : 2008-01-30 17:08 ID:wCwhD7Tl

macbeth turn of the screw the awakening heart of darkness hamlet in the time of the butterflies their eyes were watching god the adventures of huckleberry finn all quiet on the western front to kill a mockingbird a separate peace
and that is all i remember; i liked them all i guess but then i've never been discriminate in ehat i read.

18 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-01 01:35 ID:qS4dAdnM

Ugh, the one book I remember, mostly because I hated it, was Crime and Punishment. Though now that you mention I did like Fahrenheit 451. Probably one of the better books I read.

19 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-01 02:33 ID:wCwhD7Tl

oh hey i remembered that in 5th grade i read a book about the story of a samurai by some finlandish dude. that might have been a formative weeaboo moment.

20 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-01 06:57 ID:O7aukROC


I too blame Erik C. Haugaard for making me a weeaboo. D:

21 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-02 19:40 ID:9FQv7UP/

Death of a Salesman; Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream; Animal Farm; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; various poetry books by Robert Burns; various poetry books by Edwin Muir; The Call of Cthulthu & Other Stories; The Cay & Lord of the Flies. I read a bunch of other less-memorable books.

As you may be able to tell, I live in Scotland.

22 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-07 21:28 ID:s9M1ea1a


Flowers For Algernon made me cry :<

23 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-07 21:30 ID:Heaven


Hau hau... Too bad you let your gaard down...

24 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-08 02:25 ID:0McOIVT4

The Chocolate War, Nothing but the Truth, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Lord of the Flies, Grapes of Wrath

25 Name: Bookworm : 2008-02-09 02:25 ID:CJ/muH3i

I liked most of the books I read in school, but there was this terribly sweet 40-year-old fangirl who assigned us Jane Eyre and A Farewell to Arms. I didn't bother reading that shit.

26 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-01 06:19 ID:Yy0Jjkmi

death of a salesman
all quite on the western front
Confucius lives next door- ver interesting incite into japanes culture
the things they carried

27 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-01 14:21 ID:oGEyhm6S

Virginia honors english?

28 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-05 07:17 ID:Heaven



29 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-15 11:43 ID:Pm38zo45

Once we had to write a report on a book chosen from a box of approved books. I was dejectedly sorting through the Harry Potters and other adolecent pulp fiction drek when I got to the bottom and --"Holy Shit, is that a copy of One Flew Ove the Cuckoo's Nest!?" It must of gotten in their by some accident. I'd been interested in it for a while. I bought my own copy of it afterwards

I can't beleive no one mentioned The Catcher in the Rye and only one person mentioned 1984. I had to read both of them, although Catcher I had actually read the year before on my own accord.

I was never assainged Fahrenheit 451, but read it on my own accord aswell.

Four of my favorite books.

All the other books I was assainged ranged from mediocre to alright. The only really terrible book I can remember is Johnny Tremain, in 5th grade. It was so awful that each day when we came into school, me and my friends would joke about how terrible the writing was and all the plot holes. There was another book about the American Revolution, notable only because an asaingment for it gave me the chance to draw a bloody sword... That looked a lot more like a katana than it probably should have.

30 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-16 20:05 ID:WIMw7rBU

To Kill a Mockingbird - Good.
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Very good.
Julius Caesar - Like it.
Macbeth - Really like it.
Oedipus Rex - Really good.
The Scarlet Letter - Hated it. I hated hated hated hated hated it.
A Farewell to Arms - Tolerated.
The Glass Menagerie - OK.
The Mayor of Casterbridge - Meh.
1984 - Wow.
Lord of the Flies - Pretty good.
Great Expectations - Yuck.
The House of Mango Street- Ew!
Emerson's Essays - Love the style. Don't like the ideas so much.
The Stranger - HOLY SHIT!
This Good Earth - So-so.
The Metamorphosis - Very good.
The Catcher in the Rye - Meh.

I took AP classes in a Catholic high school. Can you tell?

31 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-17 08:00 ID:Heaven


err, not really

32 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-18 02:53 ID:xqy1EBpO

The Outsiders
The Giver
Jane Eyre
To Kill A Mockingbird
Various Shakespeare pieces
The Red Badge of Courage
The Crucible
Black Boy
The Hatchet
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Parts of Dante's Inferno
Parts of Gulliver's Travels

The last two things was because it was an European History and Literature class (double class, two teachers, only class like this in my HS) so there wasn't enough time to read whole stories/novels/whatever, haha

33 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-18 05:29 ID:Heaven


Schools shouldn't be allowed to expose their students to Dante. No professor can teach you how to appreciate things like that.

34 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-18 15:20 ID:Tx6gLW5b

Atleast you end up knowing what Dante is by the end of school. Then you can read the rest if you're interested.

35 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-18 17:17 ID:xqy1EBpO

That is true, because we only went over a few parts of the Inferno and there was an activity we had to do where we had to 'express' the punishment, I guess you could say? Well, my group was doing the final scene where they encounter Lucifer so we made a model of Lucifer. It was kind of lame, haha...

But because of that, I went and got the book myself although I really have to say, it's very hard to read. I'm constantly referring to the notes at the end of the book, haha

36 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-18 19:34 ID:Heaven


True, I guess, but his name is so mainstream that it's kind of hard for someone without an interest in poetry to hear about it.

37 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-18 19:35 ID:Heaven


not* hear about it

38 Name: ... : 2008-04-19 00:16 ID:4cl+lvdL

Kite Runner!

39 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-19 22:38 ID:VM3wAT//

I didn't go to a Catholic high school, but i guess any northeast US private school is pretty much the same as that.
Did anyone else have that one weird teacher who made you read cool stuff? One of mine made us read "the wind-up bird chronicle" by murakami, and "tropic of cancer" by henry miller. Still not sure why, but i'm happy he did.

40 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-25 22:19 ID:nCg1vheE

I'm in grade 10 now. I've had to read

  • Of Mice and Men
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Lord of The Flies
  • Romeo And Juliet

I liked all of those except Romeo And Juliet

I then chose:

  • American Psycho
  • 1984
  • Animal Farm
  • Brave New World
  • Siddhatha

They were all pretty good, American Psycho being the worst. I'm almost done siddhartha which is great.

41 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-27 08:45 ID:Pm38zo45

Siddartha reminds me, I had to read Beneath the Wheel in 10th grade, it was very good.

I'm Familiar with Dante but never read more than a couple pages. Can you expand on why it can't be tought in school?

42 Name: Bookworm : 2008-04-29 04:18 ID:5W5QrYd9

I've had to read a lot of the books posted up there. In 11th and 12th grade alone I had to read the top 20 books on the English AP (lit and lang.) so we were always busy.
One of my favorites was definitely Catch 22. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison's, not H.G. Wells') and Ender's Game were really good, too, but Catch 22 was it for me.

43 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-11 01:50 ID:87Ovh6xa

Looking through this, I note: I hated all of these books except the ones I'd read of my own accord. These being:

Catcher in the Rye
Brave New World
Animal Farm
The Crucible
Kite Runner
Catch 22

and I think I found Of Mice and Men and Siddartha vaguely enjoyable, though not really my taste.

44 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-24 21:17 ID:bFRAg4NN

Having gone through the Finnish education system, I've had to read some classics that are pretty obscure to 99.99% of the world.

One book which every Finn must read in high school is Seitsemän veljestä (Seven Brothers). It's about a band of brothers who move to a godforsaken wilderness to get away from any remnants of civilized society. They're too dumb to learn how to read and too ugly to get real women, so instead they spend long homoerotic evenings in their makeshift sauna. Interestingly, they're also religious with one of the brothers becoming a celibate preacher...

We actually don't have to read the Kalevala in school, which kind of sucks since it's the national epic and everything. We do discuss it, though, and read some excerpts.

Other books I've had to read include

*Punainen viiva (Red Line) by Ilmari Kianto - very touching
*Työmiehen vaimo (The Worker's Wife) and Anna Liisa by Minna Canth - Feminist shit
*Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier) by Väinö Linna - über-patriotic crap
*Fänrik Ståls sägner (The Tales of Ensign Stål) by Johan Ludvig Runeberg - über-patriotic crap

Too bad they don't make us read good modern Finnish literature, like Stalinin lehmät (Stalin's Cows) by Sofi Oksanen or Där vi en gång gått (Where We Once Went) by Kjell Westö.

As for the English school classics, I've read 1984, The Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet, all in the original English (I hate translations, learning Russian now so that I'd be able to read Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn and Pushkin in the original Russian).

45 Name: Bookworm : 2008-06-26 22:52 ID:0N0Fo+xr

Jane eyre.....

46 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-02 03:08 ID:Tw0F/LWa

Currently going into grade nine.
Over the years we have read:
Animal Farm(seventh grade*)
The Giver(seventh grade*)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(seventh grade*)

*Was in a Catholic School at that point in time.
The Outsiders(eighth grade)
Flowers for Algernon(eighth grade)
The Pearl(eighth grade)

47 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-02 09:29 ID:fA0RwyI7

I had to read Machbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Other than that, nothing. My school kinda sucked.

48 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-02 17:36 ID:jj3hMRmW

William Shakespeare's Julius Ceaser.
Theres no better way to destroy any potential appreciation of literature than to force high school students to read it.

49 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-06 09:04 ID:Y5rejif5

To Kill a Mocking Bird
was forced to read it in the 7th grade and was forced to watch the movie also. Hated the book ever since I picked it up

50 Name: Bookworm : 2008-07-24 04:33 ID:Heaven

this is almost every thread on the board.

51 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-04 19:50 ID:ULW8kkhJ

to kill a mockingbird
journey's end
romeo and juliet
day of the triffid

whats annoying is that both romeo and juliet and journey's end are plays so why the hell did I have to sit down and read them?

52 Name: Bookworm : 2008-09-05 17:48 ID:9sAAhUlQ

We "had" to read a decent number of books, most of which were already mentioned.

What I mean by that is that the only required reading that I found interesting enough to read through all of high school was A Tale of Two Cities. Don't ask me why but for some reason I loved it.

53 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-23 00:34 ID:kE/3+Klt

For high school English, roughly in the order I was assigned them: The House on Mango Street, The Count of Monte Cristo, Great Expectations, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Fahrenheit 451, Antigone, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill and Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, The Old Man and the Sea, Death of a Salesman, Of Mice and Men, Wuthering Heights, A Man for All Seasons, 1984, Macbeth, Brave New World, Pride and Prejudice, Paradise Lost, The Importance of Being Earnest, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Poetics, Oedipus Rex, Siddhartha, Hamlet, Jasmine, Candide, The Republic, The Inferno

In addition, we read a considerable amount of poems, short stories, and essays. In general, I enjoyed the assigned reading, with a few exceptions (like A Farewell to Arms and The Republic), including the stuff that the majority of my class hated, like The Scarlet Letter. Oh, and I also read/translated the Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and other assorted works in my Latin classes.

54 Name: Bookworm : 2008-10-25 00:34 ID:LtJhj0kN

I'm currently taking Sci-Fi as an English class, and prior to it I read 1984 because it was recommended to me, plus it'd put me ahead if I ever had to read it in school. So my Sci-Fi teacher hands out the syllabus at the beginning of the year and it lacks 1984. So I ask why and I request that we read it and my teacher said she didn't want us reading it because she couldn't even finish it.

55 Name: Bookworm : 2009-05-20 13:38 ID:HbfX1Fs6

More or less in order, probably missing several:

Locky Leonard: Human Torpedo, The Hatchet, Letters from the Inside, Diary of a Street Kid, Romeo and Juliet, Deadly Unna, Minimum of Two, Macbeth, Montana 1948, Sky Burial, 1984, If this is a Man

I probably enjoyed Sky Buriel the most. Quite amazing. Based on a true story or not, Wen sure was dedicated to her husband.

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