Warning, I'm not sure what this has to do with books OR a readerly life, but just go with me for a moment.
Last year my son's 3rd grade class performed a shortened version of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Hamlet happens to be my favorite play and so I was quite chuffed to hear that he was excited to be participating as King Claudius. He nailed his role, all of his lines, and at 9, has a warm place in his brain surrounding Shakespeare. Thank goodness for good teachers, am I right?!
Let's fast forward to the present when I stumbled upon this gem of an Instagram account for SpakNotes. Yes, that SparkNotes that I used to run to in times of shame when I hadn't read the book for class and didn't know what I was going to write about for the essay and didn't have time to actually do the work I should've done when the essay was assigned! And they're funny (see above for proof).
This thought sped me to a spiral of remembering the books I had loved in High School and how that was like, half a life ago, and what would I think about them if I read them now, as a totally responsible and different person.
Here's the books/plays that I identified with and remember loving as a high schooler:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
I think I missed the day we read The Lottery by Shirley Jackson so I'll have to look that up sometime. I was highly annoyed by Lord of the Flies and The Catcher in the Rye, don't remember anything about The Great Gatsby, already revered TKAM, I didn't like Of Mice and Men AT ALL because I felt like it played with my emotions to no fortunate end and that's unfair.
I think it would be just as interesting a project to revisit the High School reading list for the ones I hated as it would be for the ones I really enjoyed. I smell a fun self-imposed book project coming up! If I count up all the ones I mentioned here, that's 14 books from my youth to revisit. Sounds fun, doesn't it?!
Did you have any favorites in high school? Have you re-read any of them since then? What about the ones you hated?
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