School’s out forever

Posted On 22 August 2017

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Back To School Freebie

The following are all books I recall reading in my early teens – I became a little bit obsessed with the classics at the time so they made up a lot of my reading:

  1. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier – this remains one of my favourite books.  I love this and also Jamaica Inn which I read around the same time.
  2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I was completely sucked into this book, I could barely put it down – the romance just swept me away.
  3. Lord of the Rings by Tolkien – this book is amazing, I reread it fairly recently and still love it.
  4. Pride and Prejudice – which definitely set me off on a Jane Austen splurge of reading.
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  I haven’t read much of Dickens but I do really like this one.
  6. Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – another favourite, and short story with a good message.  I had a romantic whimsy as a teenager that made me want to read this every Christmas.
  7. The Hobbit by Tolkien – I didn’t enjoy this book at the time, it was a school reading and being forced to stand up and read, or equally listening to the painfully embarrassing reading of others rather killed the story off at the time.
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding – this is a book that I feel I should reread.  I can’t remember really well what my feelings were at the time.  I liked it of course and found it shocking.  It would be interesting to see how I felt about it now.
  9. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – I really enjoyed this book and have actually reread it a few years ago.
  10. I’ve left this blank for you to tell me one of your well remembered school age reads.

22 Responses to “School’s out forever”

  1. Carmen

    Great choices, Lynn!

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I remember The Scarlet Letter and Beowulf the best. Can’t recall a lot of others I might have been required to read. I hated reading books which were required. I love reading, but tell me I HAVE to read a book, and I will usually avoid it at all costs.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha yes, I totally understand where you’re coming from.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    My daughter is going to read Rebecca this semester in school. I remember reading it as an adult and loving it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I loved that book – I’ve easily read it three times but who knows, maybe more. It will be interesting to see what your daughter makes of it won’t it??
      Lynn 😀

  4. sjhigbee

    There are some high-powered books there, Lynn! I do recall reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins… but it’s a long time ago now…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved the Moonstone – although I think The Woman in White is my absolute favourite.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Michael

    I recall not loving Lord of the Flies when I read it in high school. I often wonder if I might appreciate it now that I’m older.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It would be an interesting experiment wouldn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    There is indeed a strange alchemy at work that often makes us dislike the books we are given as a school project, only to discover we totally LOVE them once we decide to read them out of choice. Being able to choose changes everything indeed… 😉

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham is a good one. Though of his books, I think I would have to go with The Chrysalids as my favorite. I also read that one in high school, thanks to an English Lit teacher who put it on the curriculum!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I have bought the Chrysalids – purely upon you liking it so much – so hopefully I’ll get to that shortly.
      Lynn 😀

  8. cupcakesandmachetes

    Life on the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams. A big reason I remember reading it was because we had to get parental permission to do so since there some hard topics in it. It’s stuck with me ever since then for many reasons though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Intriguing – I shall go and look that one up. Thanks
      Lynn 😀

  9. Jennifer | Book Den

    Great Expectations was one of my favorite books we had to read in school. I enjoy Dickens.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve not read enough Dickens – I fancy David Copperfield though – have you read it?
      Lynn 😀

  10. jessicabookworm

    Wow, I wish I’d read that many classics as a teenager 😀

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