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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Top ten books I liked from literature class

Okay, here goes: Junior high and High school in the late 60's early 70's. Woodstock generation. I was a jock, not a hippie, but my teachers were.
  1. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, read Lord of the Rings on my own summer after 8th grade.
  2. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. Read the rest of the series on my own, went on to read Screwtape Letters, Surprised by Joy and others of his.
  3.  The Pit and the Pendulum, The Purloined Letter and other Edgar Allan Poe short stories.
  4.  My Shadow Ran Fast by Bill Sands. Autobiography of an abused boy who became a convict and his rehabilitation.
  5.  Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. 
  6.  Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  7. The Passover Plot by Hugh J. Shoenfield, this was in sociology class. The class had very lively discussions.
  8. Hiroshima by John Hersey
  9.  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  10. 1984 by George Orwell, read Brave New World and Animal Farm by Huxley on my own. 


Lydia said...

We liked a lot of the same books!

My post.

P M Prescott said...

Yes, Lydia, not all of what we were forced to read were boring.

Judy said...

We enjoy some of the same (and I can't believe I forgot Ray Bradbury... ack). It's hard for me to remember what I read for school and what I read on my own. I ALWAYS had my head stuck in a book. Thanks for coming by!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Good list. I may have been asked to read many of those for class, but I know I read most of them on my own. :-)

Aymee said...

I *loved* The Hobbit! And anything by Poe was always a hit with me.

P M Prescott said...

I had my head in a book too, Judy. Thanks for stopping by.

P M Prescott said...

Time has the tendency to do that, Wendy and Megan.

P M Prescott said...

The Hobbit was the perfect book for me back then. Poe has always been a favorite too.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

The early 70's in school, we read many of the same books.
The Hobbit
The Pit and Pendulum
Black Like Me

We read also A Separate Peace, I really liked that one.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks Yogi, long time no hear from you. I've never been able to get ten pages in A Separate Peace. Not my cup of tea.

Tanith Davenport said...

If we'd had a few of those I might have stuck with English literature a bit longer.

P M Prescott said...

The literature curriculum is constantly changing. When I was teaching literature the books were more current. Young adult publishers won't even consider a male writer or a male protagonist. Harry Potter broke the protagonist mold, but it's still hard for a man to publish a book in the young adult market.

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

Very interesting list. I'd forgotten all about VC Andrews. Good list.

P M Prescott said...

Glad you liked them, Wendy and Megan