This week on Booking Through Thursday:
We all had to read things in school that we didn’t like … but what about something you read for a class that you ended up liking (or loving)? An author you discovered that you might not have found? A genre you hadn’t thought about?
Since I have always loved to read, it’s not surprising that I ended up liking a lot of what I read pre-university in English class. I mean I loved some of the stuff and knew I would: Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird and a couple of others.
I discovered The Princess Bride (actually we watched the movie so I had to read the book) and John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids from the same excellent English teacher.
I also think I would have discovered Thomas Hardy eventually, but I am always glad to have studied Mayor of Casterbridge so I found him earlier.
I also took a religion and philosophy course so that exposed to me to some texts earlier.
In university, I read a lot of stuff as I wouldn’t otherwise read because I ended up as a public and international affairs major so I read a bit of everything in social sciences: political science, law, economics, health, gender studies. Some I liked more than others.
How about you?
I think it’s wonderful that we “discover” new authors in school. I think that’s what it’s all about. Here’s MY THURSDAY MEMES POST
Hi Laurel! Indeed, it’s good to know school is good for it. Thanks!
I was introduced to the Mary Stewart Merlin novels by an English teacher and it ignited an interest in Arthurian legend. I read a lot of different takes on the Arthur story one summer.
Hi Michael! I loved the Arthurian legends as a kid and I completely agree that some English teachers can really change what and how we read. Thanks!
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Shakespeare was introduced to me in high school ,but wasn’t appreciated then and glad I had the intoduction.
I don’t remember having to read Shakespeare, but I’m sure I did.
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Hi Vicki! I read Shakespeare every year for English for 5 years! Loved it. Thanks for the comment!
Thomas Hardy is also one of my favorites 🙂
Hi Valentina! Mine too so I’m glad I got exposed early. Cheers!
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I always loved to read ,was introduced to the classics in high school.
We didn’t seem to have a very good budget at my school. As we read Romeo and Juliet four years in a row…however I did love reading Of Mice and Men and An Inspector Calls. Most of my interesting reading gone down once I was out of school.
Hi Jessica! That sucks about reading the same over and over again and R&J too. It’s not one of my faves and I also studied it twice (in two different schools though). I didn’t do either for school, but I adore Steinbeck. Thanks!