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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Required Reading

Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival, where YA Highway’s contributors and readers post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s take on the topic.

This week’s prompt was: What’s your favorite book that you had to read for a class?*

Required reading in school gets a bad name because for some kids reading anything by mandate guarantees a book’s suckiness. And don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of books I wasn’t thrilled to read in school—like, say, the snoozefest that is Walden—but mostly we’re asked to read certain books because they rocked when they were written, they rock now, and they’ll continue to rock until the world ends or zombies eat humanity, whichever comes first.

Because of that, I can’t pick just one book I loved. There are way, way too many to count. And this is clearly not all of them, just the ones I could remember right away.** Cue the montage:


I loved these books so much that just writing this post makes me want to read them all over again.

What are some of your favorite books of those you had to read for school?

*Yep, I realize Im super late to this party. Its fashionable, right?

**There’s a chance I just added some that weren’t school books but that I read during that time. I’m pretty sure most were required reading, though.

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