BOOKS I HAD TO READ IN HIGH SCHOOL, RANKED
I'm sure I had to read more than twelve books in high school but these are the ones I remember, so...
- •The Pearl - John SteinbeckI'm sorry, it's the 21st century & I think it's time to ask why we, as a society, are still giving so much exposure & notoriety to a man who was clearly emotionally disturbed. Steinbeck is the epitome of what I hate about American literature.
- •Jane Eyre - Charlotte BronteUnpopular opinion time: I HATE Jane Eyre. My big senior research paper in college was all about how much I hate it & how it glorifies domestic abuse & stuff. Like, look, the Bronte siblings were clearly fucked up. They were playing 'Magic Kingdoms' in their backyard well into their early twenties & that is REALLY FUCKING WEIRD. Kids had issues & hey, it's been almost 200 years, we're all adults: I think we're at a point where it's okay to admit that.
- •BeowulfSo much repetition. So. Much. Repetition.
- •Anna Karenina - Leo TolstoyI enjoyed the hundred or so pages of actual plot. I did not enjoy the 800 pages of discussions about Russian politics/reflections on how great farming is. (Why is half this book about Levin? HE DOESN'T EVEN GO HERE.)
- •A Tale of Two Cities - Charles DickensLike all Dickens' works that I've read, I liked the plot but hated the writing style. For me, Dickens always works better in adaptations.
- •Pygmalion - George Bernard ShawOne of my classmates literally threw this across the room because Eliza ends up with Freddie, which pretty much sums up my feelings about this perfectly. (I'm not saying Eliza should be with Higgins, just that she's waaayyyy too good for Freddie.)
- •To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper LeeI really liked this one & hardcore shipped Scout/Dill (even though they're like eight) & was constantly annoyed about how slow we had to read it in class & how dumb my classmates were. I also hated the movie because Dill was super miscast. I know everyone's into Gregory Peck's Atticus but will no one think of the children????
- •The Trumpeter of Kraków - Eric P. KellyGenuinely don't remember what this is about but do remember enjoying it.
- •Oedipus Rex - SophoclesI love Greek mythology so I was really into this. Plus, Tiresias is so badass & has great lines. The film version we had to watch was terrible though.
- •A Separate Peace - John KnowlesI went to a Christian school so we didn't talk about the homoerotic subtext but MAN - what was up with Gene & Finny? Did Gene kill Finny because he was ashamed of being in love with a man? Why was Gene so weirdly chill about basically murdering his best friend (boyfriend??) at the end? Why were they all in their underwear so much? I've gotta read this book again!
- •Pride & Prejudice - Jane AustenThis is almost tied as my number one because man, I love Jane Austen.
- •A Doll's House - Henrik IbsenThis play changed my life. It's such an amazing insight into the way women are trapped by society even when they're supposedly loved & 'taken care of'. I love all of Ibsen's work but A Doll's House will always be my favorite.