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The ones that I remember the most...

The Giver by Lois Lowry (middle school)
Maus by Art Spiegelman (12th grade)
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (10th grade)
1984 (12th grade)
Brave New World (1st year college)
Hamlet (12th grade)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (10th grade)
Of Mice and Men (10th maybe) poor Lennie... god when I read Tekkon Kinkreet, I thought Black was going to take White to the river and shoot him.
Catcher in the Rye (10th maybe)
Animal Farm (middle school)

10th and 11th grade were kinda the same (both teachers were put in the same category; so, it's hard to remember them as individuals).


and an dishonorable mention to Romeo and Juliet... twice in 9th grade.

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i read the giver in 5th grade but its still my faviorte book it was requierd but i read before the ppl in my class

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These are the ones I can remember right now from my English class:

Holes - in ninth grade (we also had to watch the movie)
The Diary of Anne Frank - in middle school (with the movie)
Romeo and Juliet - in middle school (And the movie)
Of mice and Men - not to my liking, but easy to read
Flowers for Algernon - in eleventh grade, loved it, it was so interesting eyes
The Pearl - never actually understood the story
Pride and Prejudice - in eleventh grade (And the movie, too) I really liked it (the movie, at least)
The Scarlet Letter - in twelve grade, didn't read because I didn't understood half the words (a too complicated vocabulary, english being my second language) so I went to sparknotes (a life saver) we had to also watch the movie, the plot was not all that bad...
The Glass Menagerie - in twelve grade, a good story
The Crucible - interesting plot

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The Lord of the Flies was really good, surprisingly. Also The Call of the Wild, The Odyssey, and Paradise Lost were really good reads.

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Catcher in the Rye
Catch 22 this book was hilarious
One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest, also hilarious
Holes, (9th grade) we actually went to the movie on a field trip, that was the year I decided to switch into the advanced English class, because I read holes when I was way younger than that.
Pride and Prejudice, it was so boring I only read 75% and bs'ed the rest
1984
Animal Farm (I had actually seen the movie before reading this when I was younger, and this made the movie actually make sence)
The Crucible
Oedipus
the book that came after Oedipus
Hamlet
Lord of the flys (twice, once on my own and once in class)


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Right now I'm required to read The Odyssey, it's not bad at all.

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I've read and forgotten so many. These are the most memorable:
Of Mice and Men- meh
Raisin in the Sun- also meh.
Night- it made me cry. I'm glad I read it though
The Giver- didn't like it
Huck Finn- the ending destroyed the entire book for me.
Beloved- it was kind of interesting
the Odyssey- I couldnt even finish this one lol
Oedipus Rex- I actually liked this a lot
Antigone- I liked this even more than Oedipus
Hamlet (and like 8 other shakespeare plays including his sonnets)- simply amazing
Romeo and Juliet- I despise this play. Its the only shakespeare play I hate
the Cruible- pretty good
Tale of Two Cities- Great great characters but extremely wordy and annoying as per usual with Charles Dickens


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Flowers for Algernon - in eleventh grade, loved it, it was so interesting eyes

I came across it in a book store. It looked interesting, so I bought it. Read it and love it. Man, it's one of the sweetest books ever. :]

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It's been a while now, so please bear with if the title's a little off.

Catcher in the Rye - never understood what the commotion was with this book.
Jane Eyre - my English teacher loves this book. I could barely drag my way through the required pages a night. The ending was interesting, just the journey there that I didn't care about!
Flowers for Algernon - I enjoyed it.
Several of Shakespear's works; Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream - I've always enjoyed Shakespear, and King Lear is one of my favorite all around plays.
Lord of the Flies - was't horrid, but it never grabbed me
Sphere - had read years before my modern lit class in high school, so...
The Hunt for Red October - see above
To Kill A Mockingbird - was ok
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - fantastic!
The Lords of Discipline - great book, but I wanted to choke the author occasionally for being WAY too overdescriptive.

There were a few others such as both Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. But those are the ones that I can remember mosly off the top of my head.



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Let's see... here are the books I remember having to read for school (roughly in the order I read them) and my opinion of their quality.
-Night: A. Very sad book but I think it was well written and that it's culturally valuable.
-A Separate Peace: D. Perhaps this grade is a little unfair... it's a mediocre, very blah, oh-look-at-that-tiny-bit-of-manufactured-symbolism-right-there sort of book, so maybe it should get a C-, but the way it was treated as a literary gem which we were forced to explore and discuss in my class made me annoyed.
-Oedipus Rex: B. It was good, but kind of depressing, of course.
-Bless Me, Ultima: C+. It was okay.
-Romeo and Juliet: D+. My goodness, was this ever a let-down. All the time when you're growing up everyone talks about it and how great it is, but then you read it, and it just doesn't live up to expectations at all. Don't get me wrong, I find the language and verse in it amazing, but the characters and the plot, not so much.
-Antigone: B+. Also a bit depressing, but I thought it was pretty interesting.
-Jane Eyre: A-. I read this book when I was in elementary school and I found it very moving (I had never read anything like it before), so when I read it again in high school it was like a nostalgic rediscovery thing, so that made it very enjoyable.
-The Iliad and The Odyssey: A. For both of these, I had to read them twice before I realized the actual depth of the work, which is much more than it seemed to me at first. If only I could read it in the original language so I could enjoy the verse, too.
-Julius Caesar: C+. It was okay.
-The Crucible: B. It was a good story.
-Lord of the Flies: B-. It was okay. It had some interesting symbolism, unlike A Separate Peace. I got so annoyed at the foolish things the characters did, though.
-A Tale of Two Cities: A. I have a few complaints about little things, but after answering 300 questions about it (took me 40 pages... compared to the 5-7 pages of other kids in my class. Um, yeah. Well, I enjoyed doing it, at least...), I discovered a lot of things about it that I really enjoyed.
-Their Eyes Were Watching God: B. I think it was an interesting and unusual story. There are a couple of quotes from the book I really, really like.
-A Farewell to Arms: F. I cannot adequately express in words how horrendously awful this book is, but I will try. Since proofreading is a hobby of mine, I've seen the English language murdered many times, but this book was more like a massacre (and then taking a colossal dump on the poor thing's grave), shamelessly published. Hemingway's editor must have been a blind man. Run-on sentences everywhere and over a thousand missing commas (Yes, I did count, but I was so disgusted by the time I reached 1,000 that I stopped.) make the book seem like so much slop rolling down a hill with nothing to stop it--ugh, it gives me the jibblies. Grammar problems aside, the characters came across as dumb and shallow, and the plot was annoyingly capricious and kind of dull. (I know, if you just listed the events that took place in the story, it really shouldn't have been dull, but the storytelling made it so.) I understand how the book's being sloppy and crappy is supposed to be a statement about the nature of war, but... no. Just no. However, that being said, I think it's important for a person to read a book so horribly written as this one: In order to appreciate the gems of literature, you must also have read the putrid, rotting turds of literature.
-Of Mice and Men: B. It was okay.
-The Great Gatsby: C+. It was okay.
-Death of a Salesman: B+. This was a strange dystopian story, but it was interesting.
-Wuthering Heights: B. In general the story was interesting, but... the major flaw was the ending. The end was so strange and not like the rest of the book at all.
-Othello: A-. I was actually surprised at how much I liked this play, considering how much I disliked Romeo and Juliet. Of course the verse is impressively clever, it is Shakespeare after all, but for this one I actually enjoyed the plot and the characters.
-The Importance of Being Earnest: A. I thought this comedic play was pretty amusing. Also, this was the first play whose purpose was solely comedy that I had ever read, so that also helped it seem, you know, "fresh" and "new" and all that.
-The Shame of the Nation: A. This is actually more of a documentary about segregation in schools (and the state of schools in the USA in general) that I read for Current Issues class. I learned a lot, and I thought the author was very clever at using words just right to get the maximum impact out of certain statements.

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I'll try to keep these chronological by year. Let's see how many I can remember! As you can see, the books get more intelligent content the farthest down. laugh

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus - 1st grade - Classic. Purely classic.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School - 2nd grade - A silly elementary school comedy.
How To Eat Fried Worms - 3rd grade - Nothing great, nothing terrible.
Riding Freedom - 4th grade - I don't remember it too well, but it was okay.
The Giver - 4th grade - I really like this book, it's very nostalgic for me. Especially the fact I fainted in class while reading it. xD
Midnight for Charlie Bone - 5th grade - Like Harry Potter, but not as brilliant.
The White Mountains - 5th grade - I was never fond of sci-fi, but after I trudged half way through the book I began enjoying it. I ended up reading the rest of the series on my own. Very enjoyable and nostalgic for me.
Devil's Arithmetic - 6th grade - Was good, but not as good as Milkweed.
Milkweed - 6th grade - Verrry good. Comical in some ways but still very deep.
The Wanderer - 6th grade - Nothing special, but it was okay.
Animal Farm - 7th grade - Love it with all my being. I even cried when a certain character died.
Oliver Twist (play script) - 7th grade - God I loved this. I still adore the whole Oliver Twist franchise (if you can call it that) to pieces. Lovable characters, even the villains.
Tangerine - 7th grade - Was okay. I liked it, but it was nothing incredibly deep.
The Great Gatsby - 8th grade - I liked it. Nice characters and I liked how it was told from Nick's point of view.
Romeo and Juliet - 8th AND 9th grade - Disappointing the first time I read it, but enjoyable the next time. Gotta love Mercutio and Peter, they make the book. I also enjoyed Romeo's constant ways of finding depression.
Speak - 9th grade - Hated it. Stupidest protagonist in the world. I couldn't relate to her at all.
To Kill a Mocking Bird - 9th grade Not absolutely brilliant, but highly enjoyable. The characters are well depicted, and Boo Radley is practically legendary.
The Odyssey - 9th grade - Poem about some guy in a mythical soap opera. Not great, but not bad.

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for 7th grade:
we had(dun dun dun)
The King Must Die by Mary Renault- It was awesome. A bit confusing but not really...it was about theseus's journey...
The Examination by Malcolm Bosse- Another good book...about Confucious's tests...
Various short stories like The lottery (best short story EVER! smile wink grin ), White Cherry, The third wish
8th grade:
Notes from Underground- Very heavy stuff. Its a russian book.
Pride and Prejudice- Mr. darcy forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yep...he made the book.
To kill a mockingbird-so sweet...best book...
The Lord of the Flies(im not done with this one yet)
Yups...those were our required reading but we too read other books in the year and a few of my choices (theres over 70 books so I'll keep this brief with my favorites)(oh yeah these are from 7th grade)
GONE WITH THE WIND-BEST BOOK EVER!!!i love rhett butler...heh heh frankly my dear, i dont give a damn *swoon*
Memoirs of a Geisha-Just excellent. I love it so much.
Animal farm- awsome. my second fave.
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I'll try to keep these chronological by year. Let's see how many I can remember! As you can see, the books get more intelligent content the farthest down. laugh ...........

Yeah.....your kind of insane.

But it's cool...... laugh

lol you have grade 1 on there. laugh

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I'll try to keep these chronological by year. Let's see how many I can remember! As you can see, the books get more intelligent content the farthest down. laugh

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus - 1st grade - Classic. Purely classic.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School - 2nd grade - A silly elementary school comedy.
How To Eat Fried Worms - 3rd grade - Nothing great, nothing terrible.
Riding Freedom - 4th grade - I don't remember it too well, but it was okay.
The Giver - 4th grade - I really like this book, it's very nostalgic for me. Especially the fact I fainted in class while reading it. xD
Midnight for Charlie Bone - 5th grade - Like Harry Potter, but not as brilliant.
The White Mountains - 5th grade - I was never fond of sci-fi, but after I trudged half way through the book I began enjoying it. I ended up reading the rest of the series on my own. Very enjoyable and nostalgic for me.
Devil's Arithmetic - 6th grade - Was good, but not as good as Milkweed.
Milkweed - 6th grade - Verrry good. Comical in some ways but still very deep.
The Wanderer - 6th grade - Nothing special, but it was okay.
Animal Farm - 7th grade - Love it with all my being. I even cried when a certain character died.
Oliver Twist (play script) - 7th grade - God I loved this. I still adore the whole Oliver Twist franchise (if you can call it that) to pieces. Lovable characters, even the villains.
Tangerine - 7th grade - Was okay. I liked it, but it was nothing incredibly deep.
The Great Gatsby - 8th grade - I liked it. Nice characters and I liked how it was told from Nick's point of view.
Romeo and Juliet - 8th AND 9th grade - Disappointing the first time I read it, but enjoyable the next time. Gotta love Mercutio and Peter, they make the book. I also enjoyed Romeo's constant ways of finding depression.
Speak - 9th grade - Hated it. Stupidest protagonist in the world. I couldn't relate to her at all.
To Kill a Mocking Bird - 9th grade Not absolutely brilliant, but highly enjoyable. The characters are well depicted, and Boo Radley is practically legendary.
The Odyssey - 9th grade - Poem about some guy in a mythical soap opera. Not great, but not bad.


if you didnt cry when
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died...your not human...i was reading on the bus and i burst into tears. Very embarrassing. cry

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I'll try to keep these chronological by year. Let's see how many I can remember! As you can see, the books get more intelligent content the farthest down. laugh ...........

Yeah.....your kind of insane.

But it's cool...... laugh


It's summer vacation and I can't drive or walk anywhere from my house. What do you expect me to do? ;P

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I silently had tears streaming down my face in the middle of class. no

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