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Question: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?I've actually enjoyed a LOT of required reading. However the answer is probably going to be the classic answer: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I'm not a particularly girly girl, romance just isn't my thing. Yet I love this book. At first I found the writing style frustrating to adjust to, especially the unattributed quotes. Then suddenly, halfway through (I think it's when Darcy and Elizabeth were at Lady Catherine de Bourgh's home) I couldn't put the book down. I was completely enthralled. By some weird twist of luck I've read it at least 3 times for different classes.
I actually like a lot of books I read for college. I majored in journalism, but that was a smaller major at my college and left me loads of time to take different classes. Most of my extra classes were English classes and I loved picking and choosing whatever I wanted. I could take American Novel or Multi-ethnic American literature, without taking the more difficult classes that were required for English majors (hence why I didn't minor in English). So I have a few honorable mentions.
A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Also I want to add that I was required to read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a math class. But since it was already a favorite before that class it seems unfair to use. If you're wondering why we read that, I think it was a way to help non-math people grades-wise in a required college class. I should probably mention that I loved that professor.
There are probably more books that I could list but unfortunately I didn't use Goodreads back in college. When you read as many books as I have, sometimes it's hard to remember. I also feel obligated to mention that college made me fall in love with Robert Frost poetry. When I was younger I thought it was just pretty words about nature. But when I studied his technique I was blown away and very annoyed at how most people oversimplify and trivialize his poems.
Also, in case you still haven't seen this series I wanted to share (again for my blog followers).
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