#1
I need help I have one month to read 3 books and I just started on my first one which is called Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. This book is so damn boring. I just wanted to know if I would be safe by just reading the cliff notes.
p.s it is an honors class.
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I guess I am stuck reading this **** but like what kinda of questions do they ask about the book.
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I lol'd at the title.
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1 month to read 3 books is generous, my sister reads 3 a week for english lit at uni.


Same, my sister has aabout 3 bookcases because of uni. Glad I'm not doing English
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#10
who knows what questions they will ask because we don't know your teacher. I have three books to read this summer as well, East of Eden, which is going to be lonnnnnnnnnnnnng as hell, 1984, which i will hopefully enjoy, and some other book I don't remember the title.

use sparknotes/cliffsnotes at your own risk. it's always better to read the book because you get the small details that those sites won't include, but if you're lazy, take the easy way out.


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#11
Just read the book, if you really understand what it's about, you might like it. I loved it. Cliff Notes do NOT work for honors classes, you're supposed to go deeper into things, and cliff notes or spark notes just don't go as far as you need.

And for the record, I've read five books this summer already, so hop to it.
#12
You mean your school cares if you read during the summer? My school gives a list of books to read and said they'll collect book reports but they never do.
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1 month to read 3 books is generous, my sister reads 3 a week for english lit at uni.

How the fuck can you read that quickly and take any of it in? And where do you find the time?

Wow.
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How the fuck can you read that quickly and take any of it in? And where do you find the time?

Wow.
Someone at a decent reading level can read a book in a few hours spread over a couple of days.

People who do English lit don't have many hours of teaching time compared to other subjects, partly because there's not much to teach and partly because they need their students to read a butt load so they can teach them whwat there is to teach about it.
#15
Your best bet is to just read the books man. I'm at an honors level as well and the comprehension required for the novels you will be studying will probably go past simple cliff notes. Sometimes, if I really feel like I need to understand something more or just review what I read, I'll use cliff notes. Sparknotes.com is a great site for this purpose and they usually explain a lot about what's going on in the book in a way that a confused reader can understand.

Oh, and just for the hell of it, my books are:

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (my name is Kurt as well )
Brown: The Last Discovery of America, Richard Rodriguez
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
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I've read Slaughterhouse-Five, and am now reading Breakfast of Champions. He's the most interesting and intellectual author ever (whose books I've read). They're so full of mind blowing ideas and theories that it makes me mad.
#17
Read a chapter, and then read the chapter on spark notes. Repeat.

I think that is an actual good way to do it. And reading isn't hard dude. I'm reading my 7th book since the beginning of June, 3 of which are for school.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Other Voices, Other Rooms
The Sound and the Fury
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All The Pretty Horses
The Stranger
The Poisonwood Bible (extremely good!)
#19
You lazy bum, just read the fucking book. Yes, Dickens is verbose, yes, he's tedious and yes, Pip is asking for a backhand slap in three quarters of the chapters. But that's exactly what makes the book so easy to learn about - Dickens's prolix descriptions of just about everything give a reader the argument that he creates characters to look at rather than develop them. But stop being such an unappreciative ass of literature and just read it. Perhaps you may grow as a person, or some other such bollocks.
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#20
Great Expectations is a great novel.
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#21
i personally thought great expectations was an awful book. way to boring.
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#22
I never read the books for summer reading... except when LOTR was an option.

I just always did extra credit stuff to make up for it.
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#23
Read Great Expectations.
Then read A Scanner Darkly.
Then read The Illustrated Man.
Then read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Then read Dandelion Wine.


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'Summer' and 'Reading' are two words that should NEVER go in the sentence. v_v
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#26
That book was awful. I have to take a test on one which I'm gonna sparknote and another that I have to write about. My teacher has been in a mental hospital and they still hired the woman!