We are excited to be participating in a new meme this week! Happy Friday everyone!
The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. The hosts ask a question each week and you create a blog post that answers the question. Then you add your link, hop to other blogs, comment and follow! It’s a win win.
This week’s question is:
Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?
I read so many fantastic books in school, but the one that stood out to me the most was One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It’s the first of its genre I read and introduced me to a whole world of magical realism and Marquez’s other brilliant books.
Honorable mentions go to Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (the favourite essay I wrote was about how misunderstood Estella was), To Kill a Mockingbird (which was young adult fiction at its finest) and all the Shakespeare I read (without the daily discussions, it would’ve all been a pile of gibberish)!
So this is a bad question for me and I have a confession to make. I HATED reading in school. My love of reading developed after leaving school when I started with Harry Potter at about age 17. So…in light of that, all I can say is that there are no memorable good reads that I can think of from school. In fact I don’t even remember being given a book to read in secondary school English class, only anthologies of short stories and poems which I actually hated that much that I burned them when I finished my exams (I know I know…burning books—GASP!).
However if there is one aspect of English literature that I did enjoy it was the term that we spent studying Romeo and Juliet. We actually read the book in class rather than in our own time, a little bit every week and we got to watch various versions of it on the TV in class too (including the Leonardo DiCaprio one—who was my obsession at the time!) so I guess Romeo and Juliet would have to be my answer to this!
What are your favourite school reads? And how excited are you for London 2012?!