Feature Follow Friday (June 26)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (links above) and any one else you want to follow on the list
2. Follow our Featured Bloggers
3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

The Question:

Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved? – Natalie Hearts Books

My Answer: 

Yes! There were several, actually. Thinking back to the required readings makes me realize just how many books we read through the years. Unfortunately, it’s the most that some will read in their lifetime. 😦

7th Grade

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The Outsiders

8th Grade

  • The Giver

9th/10th Grade (I had the same teacher both years, so they kinda blur together)

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • And Then There Were None / Ten Little Indians
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • A Farewell to Arms – I didn’t love, but I really, really liked
  • Julius Ceasar

11th Grade

  • Night
  • Ender’s Game
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

12th Grade (Ironically, this was my favorite English teacher and I can’t remember what we read!)

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
Cannery Row


  • Cannery Row
  • Looking for Alaska
  • He Forgot to Say Goodbye
  • The Hunger Games – strictly from the teaching standpoint I mentioned here
  • Monster – Walter Dean Meyers is now a go-to for my male students
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Regeneration
  • various short stories from anthologies

Did you fall in love with any required readings? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

10 thoughts on “Feature Follow Friday (June 26)

  1. Wow! That’s a lot of faves! I remember reading a lot of these as well. Sadly they were never faves. My English teachers did always like me despite my dislike for nearly everything we read. I was a reader, I loved Sustained Silent Reading time and would read whatever paranormal YA book I was lucky to find because back then they were harder to find.

    But I did eventually like a book forced upon me and it was weird because there was nothing paranormal or “odd” about it! Sadly, it was the first and last book I ever enjoyed forced upon me. Even my college courses will filled with books that just bored me to tears.

    Here’s my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    • You’re just genre-ist, Jessica! 😛 I’m glad you liked something! I think I just got lucky in college, liking most of what we read (except To the Lighthouse and Portrait of a Young Man).

    • A lot of folks are saying that! I was a big reader even then, and I either really, really liked them (and read them) or I hated them (and didn’t and looked up Cliffnotes). There wasn’t a whole lot of in between for me. I hope you go back and give some another chance now that you’re older!

    • My first thought was “7th grade!?!?” Being a middle school educator, that’s a little too early for even her. We didn’t read it until 9th or 10th grade. Give her another shot! If you enjoy mystery and suspense, you might appreciate it more now. 🙂

  2. I was pretty bad with required reading. I loved to read, of course, but not the stuff they MADE us read! I used to be very, very skilled at not reading the books and still getting straight As- and this was BEFORE the internet 😉 But a few I actually read because they seemed interesting and I ended up liking. I did enjoy A Streetcar Named Desire, though I don’t think I DID read that one (I remember liking the movie hahah) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But my favorite was A Separate Peace. That one was a favorite!

    • I was kind of bad with it. If I didn’t like it, I didn’t read it. There were several books for freshman, sophomore and senior English (summer reading) that I did not read, so I started off the year with mediocre test grades. I didn’t like A Streetcar Named Desire until about halfway through. What I loved is the semester after we read it, another school performed it for UIL One Act and it was phenomenal! I’ll have to get ahold of the movie!

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