Back to School Challenge

I was never a big fan of required reading in school (nor are some teachers, it seems), but I did read some excellent books that way, like The Giver and To Kill a Mockingbird and Invisible Man and okay, maybe I did like required reading. But not Return of the Native. I hated that book.

Anyway. All this is to say that now I’m older and wiser and like common reading, and also that now there is a whole challenge devoted to it! You know I’m a sucker for challenges.

The “Back to School” Challenge asks of its participants the following:

1. Choose! Any four reading-list books [ones you never got around to reading or ones you want to re-read].
2. Sign up! Sign the Mr. Linky, grab a button, and write a post detailing the books you have chosen for this challenge. If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment here!
3. Read! Between September 1, 2009, and December 31, 2009 [only one book a month!].
4. Post! Your comments/reviews on your blog or in the comment section of this post.
5. Check back! Read other blogs and discover what others have to say.

Right, so, totally easy!

Because I could, I found my high school’s current summer reading list on the internets and I’m going to read from there. The books on this list that I haven’t read are…

1. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, by David Lubar (9th grade)
2. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (9th grade)
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (11th grade)
4. On Writing, by Stephen King (11th grade AP)
5. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (12th grade)
6. Atonement, by Ian McEwan (12th grade honors)
7. The Face of Battle, by John Keegan (12th grade honors)
8. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (12th grade AP)

That looks like a good list to me!

Books read:
1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (Review)
2. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, by David Lubar (Review)
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Review)
4. Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Review)

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One thought on “Back to School Challenge

  1. Kari says:

    Thanks for joining the challenge! And nice mix of classic and contemporary books. I always wished we had contemporary choices when I was in high school, but now I am glad I was forced to read the classics.

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