Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Another day, another list

Literary this time!

The 10 books you should have read in high school. I have heard, and have absolutely nothing with which to back this up, that one silver lining to e-readers is that the fact that classics are free has meant an uptick in people reading them.

One interesting thing about this list is that only one, The Great Gatsby, was ever taught in any of the schools I went to, and Lord of the Flies was taught at my brother's elementary school (I borrowed his copy and read it). I've read most of these, but nearly all as a teenager or 20-something trying to catch up on classics that I had "missed" in my personal curriculum.

1 comment:

Karen said...

I've read most of them. The Scarlet Letter, Catcher in the Rye, Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Great Gatsby and Lord of the Flies were all taught in school, depending on your teacher. However, female authors (Austen, Shelley and Rand) weren't.

That said, Ayn Rand isn't my idea of a "great" author, and so I wouldn't consider her a classic.

And Siddhartha wasn't taught in school, but it was a very "in" book among teens.