From YA Highway:Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question to write about on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
This week’s topic: Back to school time! What’s your favorite book that you had to read for a class?
I went to my high school reunion last weekend and we were remarking on how our school didn’t require us to read traditional “classics.” We were required to read, yes, but the books we read were more often newer ones. My teachers were very eager to get us to read minority authors, which was great, but I don’t remember much about them (so long ago). Because of that I didn’t read the classics until much later. I went through a classics phase in my twenties.
Did I just wander off topic there?
Sorry, back to the question of the favorite book that I had to read for a class. I was required to read Lord of the Flies my junior year. That is one I do remember. I loved it! I know it was about younger kids, but it was so appropriate to my experiences in high school. Kids forming alliances and creating rules. Kids living off each other’s suffering. Kids going crazy with it all.
Lord of the Flies really is a disturbingly true story (no, it’s not a true story, but true in the sense that it could’ve happen). I have to read it again sometime.
What about you? What was your favorite required reading?