Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is Back To School/Learning Freebie! Now, for some people that might mean yay cute new supplies new clothes new self I’m so excited, but let’s be real, I’m not all about that. In fact, I’m probably going to be slow at responding to comments on this post because (yay me) I just started school and am probably buried under hours of homework from 6 AP classes. So anyways, since I have zero positive feelings about school, I’ve decided to be negative and list Required Reading That I Hated.
Warning: may contain unpopular opinions xD These are mostly very beloved classics and I’m about to bash on them to get my feelings out about back to school ❤ ❤
1. The Crucible. This was just painful to get through. All the girls were so annoying uGH. Also it doesn’t help that my stupid English teacher was pretty much obsessed with this book and wouldn’t shut up about it so we fell way behind other classes and had extra homework to compensate.
2. Huckleberry Finn. Can anyone enjoy this book if they’re constantly translating Jim? Also I didn’t realize we had weekend homework at first so I didn’t even read Ch 1-9, I just read the SparkNotes version in 30 mins at lunch (THX FRIEND WHO TOLD ME ABOUT THE QUIZ) and still pulled a solid C even though I didn’t read #proud
3. The Killer Angels. If anyone knows what happens in this book that’s cool because I have literally no idea. What did I even read? All I remember was that my English teacher was obsessed with one of the guys but I literally don’t remember who so whatever.
4. A Tale of Two Cities. AKA, the book I love to hate because it’s a monster and sucked all the joy from my life and I hate it very much. Anyone who actually likes this book is not to be trusted. I will warn everyone against Dickens with my last dying breath.
5. The Catcher in the Rye. Look, this entire book is just Holden whining and angsting about his life with no development and no plot. I can whine and angst about my life just fine I don’t need to read about someone else doing it.
6. Island of the Blue Dolphins. AKA the first required novel I ever read back in fourth grade and I thought it was so pointless this random girl just wandering around the island all alone. Idk I might actually like it now lol but I didn’t then and I have no urge to reread.
7. Fahrenheit 451. AHAHAHA that one class where my English teacher was annoyed with this one kid for not doing his reading so she was like “everyone who hasn’t done their reading, go outside” and then everyone except 5 people (out of like 30) left xD SO FUNNY #exposed
8. Beowulf: A New Telling. I think this is the abridged version or something because I read it in middle school but, I mean, pretty everyone (myself included) hated it sooo. The best part is this cover tho because ROBERT NYE dares to stand up to GRENDEL!!!
9. Journey To The Center of the Earth. I read this entire thing in like two days before the end of the trimester in seventh grade and it was truly miserable. The ending is the worst part.
10. Romeo and Juliet. Honestly, I don’t understand why people like this. Juliet is 13. And it seems like everyone in the bookish community hates instalove but is there a single book that’s more instalove than this one? They meet and get married the next day. They kill each other over love after less than a week. AND the plot is so stupid and if Juliet would have just shut up and not monologued before fake killing herself she would have woken up like five minutes earlier and nobody would have died JUST SAYING.
AHH I HATE TO SAY IT BUT THIS LIST WAS SO FUN TO WRITE seriously it’s so much easier to be negative than positive it’s horrible really but reading these books has been truly miserable and I want all the hours of my life back thank you very much.
Also there are all the stats that are like “teens don’t read” and stuff like that, and I know this is true from all of my friends and peers, but really, when you consider the crap they make us read in high school, it’s no wonder teens don’t read. Maybe if they gave us books that didn’t suck more people would be interested JUST SAYING.