Which required school reading did you actually like and still remember, novels,poems?

Which required school reading did you actually like and still remember, novels,poems?

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  1. Anton Chekhov’s The Bet. A wager is had between two characters which is better, life imprisonment or the death sentence. The character we follow who says imprisonment bets on himself, daring to do 15 years for a large sum of money. The story ultimately shows his pursuits for knowledge through books while being caged. Many other plot points are had too, and I won’t spoil the ending because it is a nice shift and very meaningful.

  2. *Troilus and Cressida*. It’s easily my favorite Shakespeare play, and I’m glad I was assigned it in high school.

    That said, like all plays, it’s meant to be viewed, not read. So if you’ve never seen it, I highly encourage you to find and attend a nearby production.

  3. The First Stone by Don Aker.

    The first required reading that actually reignited my passion for . . well, reading.

    It’s a wonderful book about how life changes in a single decision, and facing the aftermath of said action. Open ended, but if you read it I know you’ll like it.

  4. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. I hated reading it the entire time until the very end, as it gives closure and clarification for the non-linear story that preceded it. Dignity is a key theme as the story speaks of a butler that reminisces on his many years of servitude.

  5. Cold river by William Judson. Survival story of a dad who takes his two kids into the Adirondack mountains to experience true wilderness before it disappears.

  6. I mostly thought all of them were okay or good. Huck Finn is my favorite book of all time, but when we read it in high school I only liked it. Later on as an adult I studied it and read it about 50 times in one year, and then I finally appreciated its full brilliance.

  7. A book called “Intet” (which translates into “nothing”) it’s basically a classroom of kids, and one day of the kids decides to go sit in a tree and do nothing, the other kids try to figure out why, the kids tells them there is no meaning to anything, including life. The other kids decide they will find one thing each that makes their life has meaning, which includes one of the kids fingers being cut off, only of the kid in the tree to say that this still has no matter because at the end of the day those are all just things. It’s a book made for kids/teens and it has a pretty good take on nihilism, absurdism etc. Meaning of life in general. I first read this when I was 13 I think

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