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#1
the red badge of courage

it was a fairly short book so we read it as a class over a few sessions. i fell asleep every time. the teacher had to know and was just like "yeah whatever" because half the class was asleep too. oh my gosh it was the worst. you look up the word "boring" in the dictionary and the first definition is "the red badge of courage". i think i had that class right after lunchtime too so overall rating 1/10 on yelp.

runner up was the power of one. not necessarily even a bad book, just way too long to have to read over a summer break. i ripped it apart because i hated it so much.

edit: now that i think about it both of those classes were "advanced" and idk how i made it with my reading habits.
Last edited by Will Lane at Dec 12, 2016,
#2
the bible


real talk, The Ramayana was one of the more painful reads I've ever done. It's well written and a good story but the rampant misogyny (even from the "hero") made it a rough go.
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#4
The books we were assigned, if you just saw the titles, were pretty good. The Prince and the Pauper, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Goodbye Mr. Chips and the like.

The problem was, they were grossly abridged versions issued by Oxford University Press, excepting Goodbye Mr. Chips. The vocabulary was oversimplified, the accents and contractions removed, much of the humour deleted and many chapters done away with altogether. This resulted in the books being less than a ghost of their actual selves; each was only around 80 pages long in a book that could fit in your pocket. It removed all the flavour, and I didn't count them as the actual books at all.

I didn't have fun with those, but I enjoyed all of those books when I bought and read their 'real' versions.

When my sister was in fourth grade they assigned her class Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Why not us
#6
To Kill a Mockingbird

It was boring as fuck. There were no big battles or armies, or wizards, or dragons or kings or sinister ancient evils or anything.
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#7
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To Kill a Mockingbird

It was boring as fuck. There were no big battles or armies, or wizards, or dragons or kings or sinister ancient evils or anything.
I liked it, but the title was misleading. It didn't teach me how to kill a mocking bird.
#8
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Really really boring, didn't finish the book and I still passed all the quizzes on it. Most of Shakespeare's stuff was boring too.
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#9
An Inspector Calls

babby's first socialist propaganda
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#11
I really hated Great Expectations in 9th grade, but now that I am grown-up it speaks to me in profound ways.

I don't know, I think I either liked books or I sparknoted them, & I don't trust teenage narb's aesthetic judgments anyway.
#12
The Crucible

It was the only time I loathed going to English class.
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#13
To Kill a Mockingbird was so boring to everyone in class that 1/3 of the way thru the teacher just gave up and switched us to a shitty young adult book about drugs and inner-city youth

I liked The Crucible tbh
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It was the only time I loathed going to English class.

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#16
I must confess that To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books that I just sparknoted. I will read it some day -- soon probably, 'cuz it's in a lot of HS curricula (from what I've seen around here, at least, but I think they just banned it somewhere in VA lol), so it would behoove me to know it, even if I don't end up teaching it.
#17
TKAM was pretty exciting for me but in retrospect I mostly got off on it because I identified with how condescending and demanding adults were of children in it. Forcing social rituals on Scout and chastising her for not understanding them got me relatin'.

My classmates hated Othello but I loved the shit out of it. It was Romeo & Juliet that bored me to tears. Until I saw the campy adaptation.
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#18
I think english class destroyed my love of reading because I can't remember a book that I actually enjoyed. Maybe I'd have more appreciation for the classics if I read them on my own accord.
#19
This one story about some kid who sees a lawyer trying to kill himself, and the drunk conesses shit to the kid before blowing his own brains out, then out of charity a lawyer lady taks up the fight for his rights as witness for a 1dollar retainer fee. Fuck we that was called.
#21
The Sound and the Fury, i didn't have the patience to put up a book that didn't seem to want to tell me the story
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#22
Harry Potter
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#24
Animal Farm

It's not a bad book, but it was taught to us as anti-socialist propaganda. The teacher wouldn't accept that George Orwell was a revolutionary socialist, that it was a critique of Stalinism from a socialist perspective, etc. not a criticism of socialism, but class society (the Stalinist pigs vs the capitalist humans as the ruling-class over the animals).

Using Orwells work as anti-socialist propaganda is a bizarre use of ideology, almost Orwellian.
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#25
Idk I liked all of them. The only one i probably wouldn't reread is The Rape of Nanking because it was horrifying and I don't want to read about those events in such detail again since I already know what happened. Also I read it right before I went to bed which was not a good choice.
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#26
Romeo and Juliet for American Lit.
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On topic: The Catcher in the Rye
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#30
That book fucking sucks and holden caulfield is a piece of shit
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#31
I think it was The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. I couldn't tell you for sure cause I didn't read it after a few pages in. Giving me some Clockwork Orange. That was the best one we had to do. Even got to watch the movie in class.
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#32
Max Caulfield is my real fave
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#33
You can always tell who the edgelords are by how much they identify with Holden Caulfield.
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#34
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Jane Eyre

oooh, I love Jane Eyre :'(
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The Sound and the Fury, i didn't have the patience to put up a book that didn't seem to want to tell me the story

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#35
i read the catcher in the rye like 30 times in school (on my own, not as class work) and don't remember shit about it

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#36
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Romeo and Juliet for American Lit.


not a fan of Shakespeare either, too hard to understand
we had to read the "no-fear Shakespeare" version, and I was in honors / AP!

the worst book i was forced to read in highschool was the greek mythology timeless tales by Edith Hamilton, this book had like chapters about narrative god driven incest and.. it was awfully written and convoluted as fuck.
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#37
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really.

my school forced my American Lit teacher to do Romeo and Juliet.

he wasn't happy about it either.

i didn't mind some of the other Shakespeare i did later on, but wasn't a fan of R&J or Midsummer Night.
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#38
Tempest is best Shakespeare
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#39
death of a salesman

only because being known as the american born kid in class, everyone is all like hahaha american dream lmao whatajoke to me like ima defend the usa singlehandedly.

though that shit built up over months until I later beat a kid in the face with a big oxford english dictionary for saying "you fucking american" when a teacher stepped out the room, when she was back we acted nothing happened despite the blood on his face. that kickstarted some long running feud where he kept trying to catch me alone vs his mates (he was bigger than me but i could take him any time easy).


so much drama because of that one book
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