Friday, 27 July 2012

Follow Friday #7


Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?


I was the biggest nerd during school (not much has changed :) ) so I pretty much enjoyed all the books I had to read. The only exception being Pride and Prejudice. The horror! I know. I actually loved the book prior to studying it in class, but after having to analyse it to death and read the WHOLE book aloud in class it was kind of ruined for me. There were a lot of great classic books that I was required to read for school, the following books are the ones that have resonated with me the most throughout the years: 

The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Macbeth - William Shakespeare












A View From the Bridge-
Arthur Miller
The Accidental Tourist - Anne Tyler         
Tomorrow, When the War
Began - John Marsden













Have you read any of these books?
Love them or hate them?
Has studying a book/over-analysing it ever ruined one of your favourite books? 


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36 comments:

  1. Awesome choices, especially the Outsiders and The Great Gatsby. New Follower. Thanks for sharing. =] Here is My FF
    Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

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  2. I loved the Outsiders, that book is by far one of my faves of all time. I really wouldn't mind reading it again its been so long.

    My FF

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    1. Yeah it's been awhile since I've read it too. Such a classic.
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. I read Macbeth in my Junior or Senior year. A fun story by Shakespeare and soooo well written! :) GREAT choice
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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    1. I had a great teacher in English that year so I really enjoyed reading it. It was a lot of fun!
      Thanks!

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  4. Oooh, The Great Gatsby is another good choice. I have a feeling that soon lots more people will be interested in reading it....LOL

    Have a lovely weekend!

    My FF

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    1. Not gonna lie, I'm excited to see the movie :)
      Thank you!

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  5. I forgot about The Outsiders! Great choice.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. I might have enjoyed the books more if we didn't have to analyse the book so deeply. Just saps out all the fun.

    New Follower!

    My FF

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  7. GREAT choices!!!!
    It seems like FOREVER ago I read the Great Gatsby!

    I am a new follower!

    Please come follow me back
    -Theresa
    theresamjones.blogspot.com

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    1. I haven't read it for a while too. I might have to give it a reread before the movie comes out :)

      Thank you!

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  8. I loved The Outsiders and The Great Gatsby! Happy Friday! My FF

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    1. I think those two have been a popular choice this Friday. Classics!

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  9. How weird. A friend lent me The Great Gatsby today.
    New follower.
    MY FF

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    1. That is weird. Hope you enjoy reading it!
      Thank you :)

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  10. I have not heard of any of these before. Thanks for sharing.

    Following! Feel free to visit my blog.
    SeeitORreadit


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    1. Thanks for stopping by. If you get a chance you should give them a read. I highly recommend them all.

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  11. I read The Outsiders and Macbeth in school too. :) I've always been interested in checking out John Marsden but have yet to do so.
    New follower!
    My Follow Friday Post!

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    1. John Marsden is one of Australia's most influential authors and I HIGHLY recommend reading the Tomorrow series. They are so good.
      Thanks :)

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  12. Liked The Great Gatsby and anxiously awaiting the movie.

    http://thecharacterconnection.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow_27.html

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  13. I agree! The analysing part sucks most of the time! It seems like a lame excuse that everyone uses, but it can ruin a book for me :/
    My FF:
    http://booksmartie.blogspot.de/2012/07/feature-follow-friday_27.html

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    1. I know, but sometimes I just want to read a book, or watch a movie, and not discuss the meaning behind every bit of dialogue and sentence. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

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  14. We read a lot of Shakespeare when I was in high school. I really enjoyed Othello and Macbeth. New follower.

    - Alex
    MINE

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    1. I'm actually glad that I had to read a lot of Shakespeare in high school. It meant I wasn't so clueless when I got to University.
      Thank you :)

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  15. Ahhh, Macbeth :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Double, double toil and trouble!

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  16. I loved The Outsiders. So GOOD. Old follower :)

    My FF:
    http://oliviasbookaholiclife.blogspot.com/2012/07/follow-friday-7.html

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    1. I remember reading it in Year 7, and it was one of the only books that I can recall the boys in my class actually enjoying.

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  17. I read the Great Gatsby in college and loved it. And really getting down to discussing a book never ruins it for me. It makes it ten times better!! That is why I run a young adult book club on goodreads and read along with the group EVERY month. crappy books good books... by reading it with others I always get a different perspective.

    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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    1. I totally agree that discussing a book with others is a great way to enhance your reading of it. And it's fun too! In high school however, it wasn't so much fun. Where I am from, in the last years of high school a big part of your grade is dependent on writing text analysis. After memorising countless quotes and writing 5+ essays on the one book, it's safe to say the fun was sucked out of it little.

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  18. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I don't think I've read any of the books you mentioned though.

    Vanya D. @ YA Story Teller

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  19. Out of those, I only read Macbeth in school... and I doubt I'd read it again.

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