Booking Through Thursday – School Books

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?


  1. Michael says:

    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.

    • athena says:

      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!

  2. jessicabookworm says:

    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.

    • athena says:

      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!

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