Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. This week is all about books I read in school for homework and actually adored!
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier – I remember my teacher who assigned my class this book warning us that masturbation is mentioned in the story! LOL! I actually think it was a banned book at one time [sorry, I’m too lazy to look it up and check my facts]. Anyhow, I remember really enjoying the tale, although I don’t recall everything about it!
The Grass Harp by Truman Capote – My sophomore English class was assigned this book and I absolutely adored it! It is such a sweet, quirky book and I highly recommend it, especially to those who like Capote’s writing in general. I’m so glad I had to read The Grass Harp and it inspired me to read Capote’s true crime novel, In Cold Blood, which I also adored.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton – I had to read The Outsiders in middle school and absolutely fell in love with the story and its characters, whose names I found very appealing, especially Soda Pop and Ponyboy! Tragic yet heartwarming, this is one of my favorite books ever and is totally worthy of a reread!
Silas Marner by George Eliot – This book is another one I was assigned in middle school and I really surprised myself by loving it! Honestly, I think I was the only kid in my class who actually liked the story!
King Lear, Macbeth, and Hamlet by William Shakespeare – These three Shakespearean plays are definitely my favorites. I had to read them for senior AP English and we dissected the hell out of each play, so I had a deep understanding of not only the plots, but the symbolism included within the plays as well.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This is another book I adored that features amazing symbolism. I love this story and actually reread it via a buddy read in August and fell in love with it all over again.
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe – Poe is one of my favorite authors; his works are intriguing to me. Yet another tale featuring intense symbolism and foreshadowing, this gothic tale is definitely an all-time favorite.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Once again, I think I was one of very few of my classmates that loved and actually understood The Catcher in the Rye. It’s another book filled with symbolism, which I discovered I really enjoy. I remember having an assignment to create a collage based on the book’s themes and it’s still one of the pieces of homework I’m most proud of. I wish I had a picture of the collage to post here!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Symbolism and foreshadowing were heavy themes in books throughout my high school reading career and The Great Gatsby is full of both. However, I refuse to see the movie featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, as I cannot stand him and I don’t want his part to taint my love for the book in any way.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I’ve written about my love for Steinbeck’s short novel in at least one previous post. I can identify with George, who is Lennie’s best friend and protector. The book reminds me of my autistic brother, as Steinbeck describes Lennie as ‘simple-minded’ and I can actually see myself in the role of George.