Favorite book you read in school

30 Day Book Challenge – Day 25

I tossed up between Looking for Alibrandi and Pride and Prejudice, but ended up choosing box number three: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Although I only vaguely remember the text now, I am somewhat more appreciative of the fact that back in the day, “studying the text” translated to most of us as “hiring the movie”, which, as a result, introduced me to the excellent 1962 film adaptation with Gregory Peck, which I still take great pleasure in watching today.  I continue to marvel at the acting prowress of Mary Badham who at the age of 10, played Scout.  When I compare her performance to the child actors of today, of whom there are far too many to ridicule, I am quite astounded.

Scout and Atticus Finch, played by Mary Badham & Gregory Peck

I suppose I have sort of cheated with this one, in remembering more of the movie than the book.  But to be honest, it more accurately represents my High School reading history.  I always loved to read, but it is no secret that I have gained a new appreciation for good literature since leaving school, and came to respect the language and stories more once the threat of study and accompanying essays had subsided.

~storytelling nomad~

15 comments on “Favorite book you read in school

  1. Hiya Katy :) what a great question! We were fortunate to study “The Outsiders” when I was fourteen. Which I was excited to do because it had been my favourite book for two years. Then came “The Scarecrow” by Ronald Hugh Morrieson (a New Zealand cult classic), then “The Crucible” in my final year. I never disliked studying books, though. It made me so happy to delve deeply into a story!

    • Hi Gage! Thanks for stopping by :) I have to say, I had completely forgotten about The Crucible but I did enjoy that one too!

      I always used to get excited about the new books we had to read, and enjoyed reading them, but as soon as we started reading a paragraph each in class, and breaking down every syllable, I started getting frustrated…I just wanted to read it, not stop and start! In saying that, I was always fond of exploring themes and metaphors and finding hidden meanings in words. Sigh. High School was such a juxtaposition of joy and frustration!

      • Mhm, I hear you :) That’s how I got the shits with Shakespeare. MacBeth being the exception, but to this day, I can’t look the Tempest in the eye. And just for the record, Nature -does- trump Nurture :P

  2. Hi Katy, it’s been awhile! Glad to “read” you again! I would have to say that my favorite was Catcher In The Rye. I read it on my own instead of part of a class assignment. It was probably too truthful and “adult” to be required reading in my small town with an even smaller mentality. I loved that Holden was so rebellious and said exactly what he was thinking of everyone. He was such a bad ass! I need to read it again.

    Great question!

    • I know! I’m ashamed! I’ve been away without my laptop, which is a fail-proof recipe for blog disaster. Period. Lots of stories to share though so hopefully the blog absence will be worth it once I get back into the swing of things.

      I read Catcher in the Rye after school and loved it too. It really is quite an amazing book; capturing the mind, life and sentiments of a young boy and yet still appealing to adult readers. Very clever.

  3. I have a favorite book from junior high school, however, I can’t remember the title of it. There was a group of kids graduating from school, and they had to take tests to prove whether they would be an asset to a world that most every job was filled by a robot. The protagonist does not prove he is an asset, so, him and some other kids are told they can no longer live in human society and that they must go somewhere else in virtual reality or something similar. That was a long time ago for me, so the details outside of the ending are extremely hazy, but I remember how much of an effect it had on me as I read it. Probably, one of the top reasons I desire to be a sci-fi/fantasy/horror writer.

  4. I loved reading when I was in high school…just not the books they made us read. I can remember plenty that I *didn’t* like, mainly because I hated the process of dissection. Of course, now I do it unconsciously with everything I read!

    The Crucible and To Kill a Mockingbird were good. I liked The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman and Johnny Tremain, both of which I read in middle school. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson…but that’s a short story…does that count?

    OK, I’ve remembered more liked books than I first thought…yay!

    • Yes me too with the books that I didn’t actually have to read! And it definitely had to do with the process of dissection, which I also find myself doing now regardless.

      I think short stories definitely count! Good to see you could recall a few good reads from school…it was a bit touch and go there for me too for a second!

  5. I LOVED “To Kill A Mockingbird,” although I didn’t read it for school. I did love “Pride and Prejudice” more, but then again, the two books are way too different to actually be compared properly.

    I’m jealous that you had to read these books for school, though. What a joy!

    • Pride and Prejudice definitely gave To Kill a Mockingbird a run for its money in this category, but seeing as I’d already mentioned it in the 30 Day Book Challenge I thought I’d go with something else.

      And yes, despite my complaints, it shows there is definitely good reason as to why English was my favourite subject at school!

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