Sunday, August 01, 2004

A few years ago I had a phase of Classics and other books on the High School reading lists since I never had to read any when I was in HS.
So I had an employee of mine who was in AP classes print me out a copy of her list from the last few years.

I proceeded to read these:

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen ChBoskey

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Rebecca by Daphine Du Maurier

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

A Chiled Called it by Dave Pelzer

The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer

A man Named Dave Pelzer

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (before the movies were around LOL)

The Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Something Wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury

1984 by George Orwell

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

I listed them in order to how I liked them, but I do have to tell you about the first few :)

Watership Down will forever remain one of my favorite books... This is a story told through the eyes of the rabbits in the story. Richard Adams created a whole world complete with a language and all! This is the kind of story that you will remember forever...

Flowers for Algernon was an amazing book of human nature, it tells the story in the form of a journal of a mentally retarded man who has brain surgery which makes him a genius, we feel for this character as if we truly know him. I give this book a 5 star rating!

The Perks of being a Wallflower was such a good book that I read it in 24 hours time! This story was in the form of letters from a 15 year old high school boy. You laughed and cried with him through all his ups and downs, it was almost impossible to put down till you've read the last page.


  1. Every high schooler in America wants to know: How'd you get out of summer reading books in high school? Seriously, some of those are wonderful books. I read Tuck Everlasting in 7th grade, and I fell in love with it. Where the Red Fern Grows was one of my favorites from grade sad, but I loved it. I'm glad to see The Scarlet Letter at the bottom, not one of my favorites either. At least you didn't read A Tale of Two was the worst book I was ever forced to read in school.

  2. How did I get out of reading them?? hmmmmm you know I really have no idea! We read Edgar Allen Poe my freshman year and Greek Mythology my Jr. year and nothing at all the other 2 years!
    I didn't understand Hawthorne at all... I tried to read The house of seven gables as well and got all most all the way through it before I got bored enough to give it up. I like the stories, it's just that I don't like the way they are told in the mind of the character rather then actual interaction of characters. It seems that Hawthorne does it to a bigger degree then other authors from his time.
    I actually had A Tale of Two Cities on my list to read.. just never got to it. I attempted to make a Yahoo group to have some people to read the classics with and be able to discuss it as we go.. thought it would help with the understandings of some parts to have opinions, but no one joined the group so I closed it down after a few months.
    ahh well I tried, I guess everyone would rather read the mysteries and love stories..