FF #17 – Required Reading

Posted June 25, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 34 Comments

feature&follow-friday-logoFeature & Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee @ Parajunkee’s View and Alison @ Alison Can Read. Each week the two hosts post a question for Book Bloggers to answer, provide a link-up, and choose a participant to feature on their blogs. If you participate, the point is to follow others and in return gain followers.

Welcome to this week’s edition of Feature & Follow! I’m Lillian in case you didn’t know that already 😉 I started blogging a year ago and it has been a fun and crazy year! I read pretty much anything that is placed in front of me, I’m a bit of a cover snob, and I tend to gravitate to young adult fiction. Why young adult? Well, it’s usually a cleaner read than adult fiction, there’s plenty of action/suspense, and who can resist a romance about first love?!

My blog features whatever I happen to be in the mood to read. I’ve had some fun interviews with authors and characters and hope to do more in the very near future. Please join me in some bookish adventures. You can follow via Bloglovin or anyway you choose 😀

This week’s questions is: “Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved?” – Suggested by Natalie Hearts Books

Hehe…I was the weird kid in school I think. I liked most of what was required of me to read, including the books my US history professor in college assigned. One of my favorites to this day is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. This was one of those books that sucked me in and even though I was supposed to only read a few chapters a week I read the book in one sitting. It was such a poignant look at the Vietnam war and what our soldiers went through over there. It was like watching a train wreck and not being able to look away.

Another of my favorites from school was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I think I’m probably one of the only people who enjoyed this book in school. It was such a haunting look at the pilgrims and Quaker society. The intrigue, suspense, and passion on those pages is enough to make you wonder what was really going on in that society 😉

And who can forget The Diary of Anne Frank?! This was a middle school and high school read for me and I was so drawn into her world. My heart bled for Anne Frank as she grew up in that attic, navigating not only the treacherous world of WWII, but also her own body and emotions as she went from being a little girl to having to go through puberty in an attic filled with her family and close friends. Reading her diary, something I’m sure she didn’t believe anyone would ever read was like gaining a best friend only to realize that friend was died a horrific death. It was eye opener in middle school as we learned about the tragedy of WWII and linking it to girl my own age. It was heartbreaking and it was a story that has really stuck with me over the years.

What required reading did you find you enjoyed in school? 


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34 responses to “FF #17 – Required Reading

    • It really is good! I think I was the only one in my class that like it though. It’s written in a very archaic style and can be a bit hard to follow. My suggestion is to skip Hawthorne’s introduction and go straight to the story 🙂 Hope you enjoy it and thanks for the follow 🙂

    • Not at all!! I love history so I think that played into my liking of The Things They Carried. It’s pretty brutal and can be very graphic at times. I loved The Diary of Anne Frank! It’s still one of my favorites 🙂

  1. Although I didn’t mention it in my own post, “The Scarlet Letter” is right up there on my lists of required books in high school. This is truly a great classic!

    As for “The Diary of Anne Frank”, I started to read it; I was also assigned this book in high school. However, it was so sad, I kept tearing up, so I couldn’t finish it….

    I’ve never heard of “The Things They Carried”, but I would not be able to read it — guaranteed! I am much too sensitive, as you can see from my reaction to “The Diary of Anne Frank”….

    Thanks so much for leaving a great comment on my blog, and following with Bloglovin’! I’m now a new Bloglovin’ follower, as well! HAPPY FRIDAY!! : )
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    • I’m glad I’m not the only one that like The Scarlet Letter 🙂 Most of the people in my class hated it! Thanks for the follow 🙂

  2. I read The Diary of Anne Frank when I was in middle school too. We only had to read bits and pieces of it while in class, but I was the weird one who read the whole thing lol. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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  3. I was the kid in school who got excited at the required reading too haha. I loved getting books! I could never stick to reading a few chapters at a time either, I was always reading ahead to find out what happened next. You got to read some good books!

    Old follower 🙂

  4. Oh nice! I never had to read any of these myself. But I did read The Diary of Anne Frank on my own at one point. Can’t remember what prompted me to do so. It was a very sad story. It might have been this one that made me not want to pick up more “true stories” because they tend to be so sad! But it definitely taught me a lot!

    Didn’t realize I wasn’t following you already either! So I quickly remedied that! 😉

    Have a GREAT day!

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  5. I was in the norm, as in I hated reading what was required in school. Lately though I have been going back and reading a few.I want to read the Scarlet Letter. It’s been on my TBR for awhile. Hopefully I get around to it soon.
    The Dairy of Ann Frank I read soon after graduating highschool and when I got really back into reading. It was very powerful and a good story all should read. One of my favorites.
    Great choices! & Thanks for stopping by on my post!
    -Amanda @ Hearts Reading

  6. Oh I just love Anne Frank, I read her in middle and high school, and it was a eye opener for me, especially when at that age I was started to gain a fascination with WWII.

  7. I haven’t read either The Things They Carried or The Diary of Anne Frank, but I also loved The Scarlet Letter. It was another great one. I loved Wuthering Heights more though. 😉 Thanks for stopping by my blog! New follower. 🙂
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  8. I think I resented having books assigned to me to read in high school generally — reading was so much fun for me, that I hated having to set aside books I chose to read books that were chosen for me to have to read, but that said, I LOVED it when one of them was unexpectedly fabulous and sucked me in. That was bliss!!
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  9. Lillian I’m a new follower, I also love YA.

    I actually have quite a bad memory and because I’m in my 30s I can’t really recall many of my pre-requisite reading but I cannot believe I forgot the Diary of Anne Frank because that’s certainly one of my fave pre-requisite and I want to desperately do a re-read of that when I’m an Adult.

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  10. I enjoyed Hamlet in high school but that was about it for me. Glad you managed to enjoy most of your required reads.
    Have a great week.
    New bloglovin follower.