TGIF: Required Reading {3}

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by GReads! that re-caps the week's posts and has a different question each week.

This week's question - Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?
I'm not feeling very wordy today, but here are the books I am SO glad that I read in school:
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - This was my first introduction to Agatha Christie, and it made me really want to read more. I loved the mystery - and remember being so happy that a summer reading book turned out to so exciting.
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - I read it twice. And loved it twice. Still love it today.
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - One of my teachers recommended this to me for a project where we got to choose our own book, and I'm so thankful she did. This book is one of my favorites!
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Dickens may be difficult to read sometimes, but the payoff is totally worth it. This book is amazing! Now I just need to read some more by him so I can compare.
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - I would probably never have picked this up if it wasn't assigned, but thank heavens it was. This is FABULOUS. I'm due for a re-read soon.
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - So frustrating but so worth it. Love me some Hester Prynne.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - If this isn't on everyone's list, I don't know what's wrong with the word.
I don't know what recent book that I'd want included in today's curriculum. If you can't tell from my list, I obviously fancy the classics so I'm more partial to all the stuff kids hated in high school. I'd take a classic any day over most of the stuff that's popular for teens today. But that's just me.


  1. I loved Agatha Christie in middle school. And then there were none was great, if I remember correctly. I've been thinking it's about time for me to reread the Scarlet Letter. The rest, I had mixed experiences with.

    1. I've read a few Agatha Christie since then, but I still prefer And Then There Were None. And I probably need to re-read The Scarlet Letter too - it's been forever since I first read it.

      I saw that you posted on The Great Gatsby. I'm embarrassed that I haven't read it, but I just bought it a few days ago and it's at the top of my to read pile!


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