Friday, July 27, 2012

Follow Friday - Fave Required Reading

Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: Summer Reading.  What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?
I've actually enjoyed a LOT of required reading.  However the answer is probably going to be the classic answer: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I'm not a particularly girly girl, romance just isn't my thing. Yet I love this book.  At first I found the writing style frustrating to adjust to, especially the unattributed quotes.  Then suddenly, halfway through (I think it's when Darcy and Elizabeth were at Lady Catherine de Bourgh's home) I couldn't put the book down.  I was completely enthralled.  By some weird twist of luck I've read it at least 3 times for different classes.

I actually like a lot of books I read for college.  I majored in journalism, but that was a smaller major at my college and left me loads of time to take different classes.  Most of my extra classes were English classes and I loved picking and choosing whatever I wanted.  I could take American Novel or Multi-ethnic American literature, without taking the more difficult classes that were required for English majors (hence why I didn't minor in English). So I have a few honorable mentions.

A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Also I want to add that I was required to read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a math class. But since it was already a favorite before that class it seems unfair to use.  If you're wondering why we read that, I think it was a way to help non-math people grades-wise in a required college class. I should probably mention that I loved that professor.

There are probably more books that I could list but unfortunately I didn't use Goodreads back in college.  When you read as many books as I have, sometimes it's hard to remember.  I also feel obligated to mention that college made me fall in love with Robert Frost poetry.  When I was younger I thought it was just pretty words about nature. But when I studied his technique I was blown away and very annoyed at how most people oversimplify and trivialize his poems.

Also, in case you still haven't seen this series I wanted to share (again for my blog followers).

As long as you're in a following mood why don't you follow me on twitter! Though I'm going to warn you: I'm going to be talking a lot about the Olympics for the next couple of weeks.


Jessi (Geo) said...

I've never read Pride and Prejudice >.<
I think it's awesome that you read Hitchhiker's Guide for school! I haven't read that one either, but I love the movie.

Thanks for stopping by :)
Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads

Unknown said...

I had to read P&P freshman year and also loved it :)

Jenni Elyse said...

Thanks for stopping by.

I'm reading P&P for the first time. I feel about it like you did. Until the Darcy's proposal in the middle of the story, I was frustrated. Now, though, I'm quite enjoying it and can't wait to find out what happens. :)

Christina said...

I finally read Frankenstein in college, and it's a REALLY good book! who knew??

New follower via GFC.

Ensconced in YA

Gin said...

I haven't read Pride and Prejudice. :( I'm hoping to dig into some classics when I get caught up and this one is definitely on the list!

Thanks so much for stopping by my FF! Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Pride and Prejudice took me a bit to get into as well, but it ended up being extremely enjoyable. :)
Thanks for visiting!

Merin said...

As an education major, I didn't really have any required reading (aside from textbooks and articles) for my courses. All of my required reading took place in high school, and I really had quite a lot of them that I enjoyed.

And yay, another Olympics fan! :)

Old follower. My F&F post :)

Jenna and Ashley said...

I had to read A Lesson Before Dying in college and also really enjoyed it. I wish it had been required in high school. House on Mango Street is excellent! I've never read Pride and Prejudice, but I adore the movie with Kiera Knightley!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower.
-Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

Mrs. Jones said...

Great choices!
I still love Pride and Prejudice!
Well... all of Jane Austins books really!!

Old follower-

Anonymous said...

Pride & Prejudice is an awesome choice! And I haven't yet read Frankenstein, but it's an obvious must for the future! Great answer, and thanks for dropping by!

Unknown said...

I still haven't read Pride and Prejudice but I have Hitchiker's Guide ready and waiting on my kindle...I really should get round to reading it!

A.N. Lewis said...

Thanks for stopping by. I've never read pride and prejudice even though I've seen the movie. Now I'm interested in reading it.

365_books_a_year said...

I first read P & P a few years ago, shortly after joining Goodreads. Someone suggested it. Didn't read it in college- and I was an English minor. My professor for this subject said something like: Austen was a minor writer because she wrote about little (domestic) issues. And her writing was simplistic with little or no deeper meaning- kind of an interesting view of Austen's time and class, nothing more than a snapshot in time. Little literary value and not worth wasting the time to read when there were so many important writers to cover. Yes, it was a male professor. Yes, he was older.

Old follower.

Stormi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I took English classes in High School but only one made me read anything. Maybe if I was a English scholar and took those AP courses I would have had to read

I love P&P, but I read it because of You Got You know they talk about the book in the movie, so I thought..hmmm I will try It was the same with Hamlet I watched a movie called Renascence Man and he tough Hamlet to some military people and it sounded very interesting so I tried it..LOL. See you don't need school just watch movies they make you read!! :)

Jessica @ a GREAT read said...

Wow! You were lucky! I basically disliked everything I HAD to read! Except for my one pick!

Here's my Friday Hops

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

Unknown said...

I didn't read P&P until a couple of years ago -or rather I listend to it - I find that I do much better listening to the classics than reading them. Loved P&P, and Jane Eyre

Natasha said...

Great choice. P&P is a fantastic classic!

I found your blog through the hop! I now follow!

Check out my post here!

Jenifer S said...

Love all things Jane Austen!

I'm a new "follower" of your blog and am looking forward to future posts.

Jenifer S said...

Love all things Jane Austen!

I'm a new "follower" of your blog and am looking forward to future posts.

Dee said...

I loved Pride and Prejudice! It opened up the world of classic literature for me.

I'm a new follower via GFC!

My F&F


Unknown said...

I wasn't required to read P&P. Lizzie Bennet Diaries is what made me want to read it. Even though I couldn't get into it when I was in school, I'm reading it now and loving it!
New follower!
Carson @ Reader with Voice

JennRenee said...

New Follower! thanks for stopping by my blog.

Michael @ The Bookshelf Review said...

Great picks. Old Follower. I have only read Pride and prejudice from your list. Will have to check the other ones out. Thanks for sharing and visiting My FF
Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

Amelia said...

YESSSS. I LOVE the Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

I am guilty of not reading the book Pride & Prejudice but I have it on my shelf and I've practically memorized the movie version with Kiera Knightley.

Thanks for sharing. :)

The Authoress

Violette said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm glad to see "Frankenstein" as someone else's pick.

New follower via GFC.

Have a great Friday!

Alison Can Read said...

Hopping through. I didn't like P&P that much in 10th grade, but then I read it for fun when I was 22 and loved it.
My Hop

Beck Valley Books said...

Totally agree, Jane Austen is great, some great choices there x

Leah Marie said...

Yay for P&P!

My husband, who is an English professor, just recently read Frankenstein for the first time (his focus is early modern and Renaissance, so he is excused) and he loved it so much that now he's going to be using it in one of his classes every year. I really need to read it, I guess.

Thanks for stopping by my blog this week!

Cayce said...

I love Pride and Prejudice! But it wasn't required for me in HS or college. I just read it for fun :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

I love Frankenstein! I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, yet. I've never read Pride and Prejudice, either, but I've read the one with zombies, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by! Great answer :)

Annette Mills said...

I think I read Pride & Prejudice for an assignment. I know I read it again later. Some teachers are going to do Frankenstein this year -- some of them aren't very thrilled about it. I haven't read that one. Thanks for visiting.

Rebecca (@ Garrulous and Bookish) said...

Thanks for stopping by my post. I am a new follower.
I love P&P but we didn't have to read it for school- I also like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Michelles Paranormal Vault Of Books said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I never could get into that older writing style myself, if someone would re-write the book in modern language and writing style, I may like it. But I also am not into girly, girl romances either, I need the danger, and supernatural stuff in my romance types, its why I like Paranormal romance, :)

Cassi Haggard said...

Jenni Elyse: It's nice to hear that someone that the exact same experience I did.

Merin: Oh yes a total Olympics junky.

Jenna and Ashley: I read both of those for Multi-ethnic American literature which was one of my favorite random college classes that I took.

Reflecting Bookworm: DO IT! It's so fun.

365 Books A Year: I would be very angry and annoyed if a professor said something that sexist. Why must we undervalue the domestic side of things? Part of the significance is that she was a women.

Carson, Amelia & Rebecca: YAY LIZZIE FANS!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by!

Sandy said...

I actually never had to read any of these books for school nor have I read any Jane Austen, I might give Pride and Prejudice a try thought since I enjoyed the movie.


MzAlisaKay said...

Sorry I'm late. Had a busy weekend!

So jealous about reading Hitchhiker's Guide in school! Even more awesome that it was for MATH class. I haven't read Pride & Prejudice yet, but I just recently read Persuasion. Good stuff.

Thanks for stopping by my FF. Followed you back :0)

Jennifer said...

I love P&P as well! The story about reading Hitchhiker's Guide in math class is so funny...I'm jealous too...that could have helped me with my math grade in college. Great choices! Old follower.