Pretend Reads...

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Pretend Reads...

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1fuzzi
sep 6, 2015, 8:58am

Here's an idea for new reading...ten books you pretended to read in high school, but should read now:

http://newinbooks.com/top-10-fiction-books-you-pretended-to-read-in-high-school-...

The Great Gatsby
1984
The Fountainhead
Lord of the Flies
Frankenstein
Jane Eyre
Hamlet
Of Mice and Men
Slaughterhouse Five
Heart of Darkness

Have you read any/some/all of the books on this list?

Would you give them a second try?

I recently read The Great Gatsby, didn't care for it.

I did read 1984, twice: once in school, once as an adult. The second time I had nightmares. Good book, but not again for me.

I read Lord of the Flies in school, thought it was great. When I tried a reread years later, I decided it wasn't worth a reread.

Frankenstein I have not read, yet, but it's on my TBR list for 2015.

I love Jane Eyre, and recently reread it...still wonderful!

I read Hamlet in school, reread as an adult. I might reread it at some point in the future, but it's not on my short list.

I've read two books by John Steinbeck, and have no interest in a third, so I don't plan on reading Of Mice and Men.

Heart of Darkness is also on my TBR stack.

I don't have plans to read The Fountainhead or Slaughterhouse Fiveanytime soon.

What do the rest of you think?

2aquascum
sep 13, 2015, 10:39am

Hm, interesting idea...

Well, I actually did read The Great Gatsby (bleurgh), 1984 (awesome), Lord of the Flies (desperately in need of some women to keep the guys in line), Of Mice and Men (bleurgh) and Slaughterhouse Five (awesome)...

On the other hand I've never even heard of Heart of Darkness or The Fountainhead, so definitely not reading them anytime soon.

Frankenstein and Jane Eyre are books I started to read at some point, but quickly gave up on again, not interested.

Hamlet... I actually want to read soon, have been quite amused by Christopher Moore 's Shakespearean funfic, am planning on (re)-reading some of the real plays, including Hamlet.

3fuzzi
sep 13, 2015, 1:22pm

>2 aquascum: thanks. I checked out Awful Lit, a group here on LT that I'd not visited before,and read some insightful posts about high school literature requirements.

When I was in school, the emphasis was on "new" books, so the curriculum forsook the classics in order to have us read Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, On the Beach, 1984, etc. I discovered that I don't care for "hopeless" stories, which is probably why I disliked Gatsby, even as an adult.

As an adult, I decided to read the classics I'd missed. Some were worth it, others don't warrant completion.