One of the challenges for this year is reading a book you were supposed to read for school but didn’t.
I must confess, this one gave me a lot of trouble. It’s not that I always did my required reading for school. I really tried to, but I would be lying if I claimed that I read every single thing assigned to me. My apologies to any of my former teachers who are reading this blog post.
In my defense, I often did try to read whatever I didn’t read during the school year once I had time, even if it meant doing so during the summer when I no longer had to worry about an examination over the material. It’s just that, for that reason, the ones I still haven’t taken the time to read seem like ones I wouldn’t be interested in, anyway, especially without the specter of being forced to read it looming over me.
And I say that as someone who actually did enjoy a lot of the books I had to read for school. There are certainly some books I remember encountering from my required reading that I hated–I especially remember not enjoying Sister Carrie at all–but I also discovered a lot of favorite authors and books that way, so it always evened out for me.
I ultimately ended up reading Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety, which was an optional text for a class I took on the French Revolution. My professor recommended it as the best novel he’d read about the Revolution–eat your heart out, Charles Dickens–and I really wanted to read it that semester, but I had so many other things going on that I kind of forgot it existed until this year. In any event, I did finally get around to reading it and concurred with my professor who gave it such high marks. (By the way, if you’re interested in giving it a try, we don’t have it in the library, but we can certainly request it through ILL for you.)
So, how did you feel about the books that you were required to read for school? What were some of your favorites? What were some you really disliked? What would you read for this challenge? As always, don’t forget you can use our online catalog to find books and place holds.