Required reading is often a pain, especially when teachers choose random and uninteresting books. The idea of "mandatory reading" doesn't appeal to me at all, and I always go into a required book with negative thoughts, but I often find myself pleasantly surprised. Here are my top 5 favourite books I had to read for school!
5) The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Coming in at #5, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. This was the first book we read in grade 10, and it was a great way to start off the year. It was so easy to fly through the first few pages, and get into the world that Lowry created for us. It was probably one of my favourite dystopians ever, and I really loved the characters and the fact that it was really about character growth and not a love story. The movie though...
4) The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, by Mordercai Richler
I have a love/hate relationship with this book, because it reminded me of one of my all time favourite books (hint hint : #1), however, the character angered me so much. I loved the themes that Richler dealt with in this book, and it gave us a different view of Montreal back in the days. I absolutely loved the writing style in this book, and it kept me reading, although the story did get boring at times.
3) The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
This is a book we read in grade 9 and holy molly, this book got me back into reading that year. I had a huge YouTube phase where I only binge watched videos, and after I finished the book, the love I had for reading came back. The characters in this book and how Hinton didn't romanticize everything and kept it real really made me love this book, and there was never a dull moment.
2) Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Everything about this book was AMAZING. The idea and concept of it, using animals to represent the different political leaders was so brilliant. This was our first grade 11 book and as we read this book in english, we learned about the real situation in history, which honestly made everything so much better. It is incredible that Orwell was able to fit such an action packed, symbolic and incredible story in just a few pages.
1) The Catcher In The Rye, by J.D. Salinger & The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I couldn't choose between these books for #1, so yeah, the two books I have to thank my grade 10 English teacher for bringing in my life are The Catcher In The Rye and The Great Gatsby.
I loved TCITR mostly, and this one would have to be my favourite classic of all times, because of the complexity of the story. The title literally made no sense until we finished the book, and the character was such a good anti-hero. I love character-driven books, and this one, who gave us a complete look into Holden's mind was exactly what I loved in a book. The "rebellious, anti-society" protagonist to me is always someone who has a lot to say, which in this case, Holden did have. On top of that, there was so much to think about after finishing this book, and that's how we should always feel after reading a book.
As for TGG, it's always fun to have a love story every once in a while. I loved that I could hate characters in this book, and I loved that Nick narrated from the third person. It almost read/felt like a movie. The symbolism behind this story was what I loved the most, especially with the colours, because again, that always kept me thinking and analyzing in this book. The roaring 20s being such an exciting period in time really made this story 10 times better.
Here you have my favourite required readings, what were yours?