Friday, February 24, 2012

TGIF (21): Required Reading

TGIF at GReads is a feature by the fabulous Ginger, who asks us a fun question to answer every week. It's always a joy to be a part of this, and I think everyone certainly should try it out!

 Which book from your school days do you remember reading and enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?

I remember having to read quite a few books for school when I was younger, and I really enjoyed reading them all. My top five favorite titles I remember having to read for school are Mr. Popper's Penguins, Where the Red Fern Grows, Hatchet, Sarah Plain and Tall & Romeo and Juliet.

As for books that I'd like to see included on a school curriculum, I'd love to have kids required to read It's Kind of a Funny Story, which I think deals with depression and the pressure teens face to achieve a certain number of things in a great way. 

21 comments:

  1. I've always been kind of delicate... Haha. Where the Red Fern Grows broke my heart! I did really like Hatchet and Sarah Plain and Tall. I've yet to read Romeo and Juliet. I know, right? Crazy. Soon! Very soon. :) I have it in paperback and on my kindle, so I'm out of excuses. :)

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  2. I remember Sarah, Plain and Tall :)

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  3. You must have been sent to me as an angel. I'll have to get ...Funny Story. The kid got a long talking to last night about getting a B on her report card. But we did wrap it with some context... ;D

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  4. PatriciaBookExhibitionismFebruary 24, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    Oooh, so many books! I think the only one of those I've read so far is Romeo and Juliette.. In seventh grade. XD

    Happy Friday!

    Patricia // My Hop

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  5. Romeo & Juliet FTW! That's the one (sorta) book I remember reading for school and liking. I'll have to check out It's kind of. Saw the movie and wasn't impressed but heard the book is pretty good.

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  6. Oooh, I've never read It's Kind of a Funny Story but now you've piqued my interest! Thanks for the tip :)

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  7. NotyourmothersbookblogFebruary 24, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    I've never read It's Kind of a Funny Story either. Sounds very interesting though. I did pick Where the Red Fern Grows though. LOVED that one in school. I hope you'll drop by and check out my post.

    http://notyourmothersbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/friday-hops-february-24-2012.html

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  8. Victoria@FixatedonFictionFebruary 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    i haven't read a funny kind of story, but i've been seeing it around... i'll have to pick it up soon!

    and totally loved the Hatchet!

    :)

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  9. Where The Red Fern Grows!!! That book was SO sad but I loved it :)

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  10. Your the second person to mention Where the Red Fern Grows. I had never heard of this book at all. Ever! I have to add it to my "I Should Have Read This" list. Thanks!

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  11. Aww, Sarah Plain and Tall! Memories. Thought it was so cool we shared the same first name...well...minus the h - but still, lol. Way to go all the way back to elementary school...I didn't think to do that ;)

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  12. Seeing people list all of the books they had to read in school is reminding me of the books I had to read. I totally forgot that I had to read The Hatchet in middle school.

    http://dfordarlasdefinitereads.blogspot.com

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  13. Ooh, I forgot Romeo and Juliet. Great book. Your the second person who also read Where the Red Fern Grows. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

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  14. Sarah Plain and Tall! I forgot about that one! And Hatchet! I also just remembered having to read Johnny Tremain and how we all taped our thumbs down to our hands to figure out what it felt like... Strange memories flooding in! Great answers, and I'm looking forward to reading more from you!

    Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase (New Follower)
    My FF/TGIF

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  15. Mr. Popper's Penguins is a book? :D I had no idea! Well, now I know better.
    I haven't heard about any of these books, guess I have to find out more about them so to the Goodreads! :)

    And you're right about HP and Hunger Games, if studied properly, there really is great lessons in both of them. Especially in Hunger Games!

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by :)

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

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  16. I was just thinking of books I read in High School when I made my list. I forgot about all the great books I read in elementary school like Hatch, Where the Red Fern Grows, and my favorite, The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Ah, the memories!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Where the Red Fern Grows seems like many people's favorite. I guess I'll have to read for myself now. :)

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  18. Ooh, read Romeo and Juliet! We can then talk about it. I loved it - it was my first experience with Shakespeare.

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  19. Ooh, yes, definitely read It's Kind of a Funny Story. I think it's very well-done, especially with the issues it covers. And I'm glad you were able to talk to your kid :)

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  20. I actually read the original Shakespeare play when I was about 10. I fell in love with the writing style, plus it was my first brush with Shakespeare.

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  21. Seeing people list all of the books they had to read in school is reminding me of the books I had to read. I totally forgot that I had to read The Hatchet in middle school.

    http://dfordarlasdefinitereads.blogspot.com

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