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This week's question:
Summer Reading: What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read in school?
I'm going to actually choose 2, one from high school (in the stone age!) and one from my recent graduate degree in Library Science.
High School: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
I can remember being simultaneously horrified and fascinated with this book. Some of my students just loathe this book and I cannot understand why. This is a book that examines the worst of human nature and even in high school, I could not put it down.
Library Science Degree: Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher
When this book arrived and I looked at the cover, I have to admit that I groaned and rolled my eyes. I could not believe that I had to read. Then I started reading it and I could not stop. This book is amazing. It's deep, it's relevant, it made me think and it had real spirit. This book is like the opposite of Lord of the Flies. It examines parts of the worst of human nature, but then it also shows how the human spirit can triumph in the face of adversity. If you have not read this book, you should put it at the top of your TBR pile.
What about you? What were the gems of required reading that you found in school?