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So we have the thread about crap books we were all forced to read, but what about the really good books? Surely in school we all were given a book by our teachers that was actually pretty interesting.

My favourite was a book called Mao's Last Dancer, the story of a boy who was part of Chairman Mao's "cultural revolution"..... Really fascinating book.

Then we had to read a play called "The Dead Heart", whicu was about a white police officer who had to work in an aboriginal community, and how he would struggle to balance white laws and indigenous customs.

I still have both books and re read them from time to time
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#2
Othello was decent.

I think we read Of Mice And Men and it was somewhat interesting. At college we read The Kite Runner and that was ok.
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#3
To Kill A Mockingbird, personally.

Although I did enjoy An Inspector Calls. My favourite Shakespeare was Twelfth Night even though we actually studied Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice (and touched on Othello).

Fahrenheit 451 was shite.

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Brother in the Land. Basically another post-apocalypse 1980's book.

Reason it's memorable is because everything is so fucking bleak, rofl.
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oh actually we read roll of thunder hear my cry too that was interesting
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TKaM was fantastic, for a 14 year old that wasn't big on novels that weren't massively adventurous or over the top, it was a brilliant novel
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Of Mice And Men.

Best short story was An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. I don't really know why I liked that one so much, considering how grim it really was.
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Can't go wrong with Of Mice and Men.

An Inspector Calls was also good.

I was always a sucker for Romeo and Juliet too because of the grandiose projecting I was able to put on it.
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We had an extract of a novel called Looking for Alibrandi. I read the full one and it was really good.
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I liked One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest enough to buy my own personal copy
I did that with a few tho.

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To Kill A Mockingbird, personally.

Although I did enjoy An Inspector Calls. My favourite Shakespeare was Twelfth Night even though we actually studied Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice (and touched on Othello).

Fahrenheit 451 was shite.


Fahrenheit 451 was great tho. We didn't have to read it for school, but I had my own copy and did a report or two on it anyway.
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of mice and men

oh and the little prince when I was younger.
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I only really liked one book that I had to read in school Jack London's "To Build a Fire"

"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" was pretty good now that I think about it.
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#17
Flowers for Algernon.

That, or Barjavel's The Ice People (in its original language).

I also quite enjoyed Animal Farm.
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Cat's Cradle, Childhoods End, Kiss of The Spider Woman, Dreamtigers, Pedro Paramo, Of Love and Other Demons, Aura, Flowers for Algernon

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Fahrenheit 451 was shite.


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#21
books I enjoyed in HS:
animal farm
catcher in the rye
lord of the flies
the great gatsby
hamlet
and, not a book, but when we read poems by Walt Whitman

books I didn't like or care about in HS, but love now:
great expectations
romeo & Juliet
Macbeth
the scarlet letter
and, though we only read excerpts from it in 11th grade, Moby-dick (goat)
#22
No country for old men and the road - cormac macarthy
(The no country movie is admittedly better than the book, the road movie was bad)

Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 fall into the same catagory - essential reads by Ayn Rand

Catcher in the rye was also a very good read and eye opening, though I was never forced to read it in school. I read a few Tim Obrien novels in school as well, most of them weren't required, I really liked The Nuclear Age, my teacher gave me her copy at the end of the year.
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#23
Strange really but I can barely remember being forced to read any full books for High School English Language/Lit.

In Lit we did Hamlet and The Tempest, which I both enjoyed.

In Language, we did Of Mice And Men and Holes, again both which I enjoyed.

I remember missing out on the option to read To Kill A Mockingbird, due to some bullshit curriculum changes. I stole it and read it anyway, very good.
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We had to read a chapter of the Hobbit once, when I was about 8. That was the only time I recall having to read something I actually had an interest in.
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We had to read a chapter of the Hobbit once, when I was about 8. That was the only time I recall having to read something I actually had an interest in.


I have a copy of the hobbit as well, good children's book for sure.
Out of all the generic fantasy books they forced me to read in highschool, I have no clue why LOTR wasn't one of them.
LOTR is super long, yes, but they could have totally gotten away with making me read it during the summer or winter holidays.
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#28
Most stuff was Dutch, so I won't go into those, but I think I read 20,000 leagues under the sea, Tom Sawyer and Animal Farm for English class.
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I should add that of those only Animal Farm was mandatory reading, the rest we got to pick ourselves.
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hey this was going to be my next thread in a day or two >

rt had to read ethan frome for a class in hs. tbh i still hated reading and i still ended up ripping the book in two but looking back on it i really appreciated the dense telling of the atmosphere and the actual story (sans the ending).

another one that was in college was the old man and the sea. it was for a class on worldviews and the book gave you an honest sense of futility. which is not a good feeling but that fact that it did that was quite an odd feeling.
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there were a few i enjoyed but i think my second favourite was who's afraid of virginia woolf and there was definitely one i enjoyed more than that but i can't remember what it was

pardoner's tale was fun to read as an mlang student
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#31
The Maltese Falcon. Great detective novel.
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#32
As mentioned, The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

(I also played Ariel in The Tempest )
#33
i don't really remember a lot of the stuff i had to read in high school. most of what i did read at the time wasn't part of the curriculum, i just read them on my own.

Lord of the Flies, Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye...

i had a substitute teacher my freshman year that somehow convinced the school to let him have us read V for Vendetta.
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#34
The Stranger.

12 y/o edgelord me severely misunderstood it
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The Stranger.

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honestly I don't get how suggesting that someone under 18y/o read that could ever be a good idea
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Some of his essays could be great at that age if also assigned/explained by a competent instructor to guide you through it.
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Maybe Summer In Algiers I don't think TMOS is a good essay to teach highschoolers even if it is incredibly easy by philosophical standards. And The Rebel is hot garbage. And much denser.
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hehe, I was thinking about Summer in Algiers in particular, more for an explication of technical matters (imagery in particular) than content.
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