The end of August is near us and with the end of August comes the end of Summer and the start of school. So, I decided to tell you guys some books that I had to read in school that I actually liked. This list will include both books I read in High School and College. Now let’s get into this list.
1) Antigone by Sophocles
“The curse placed on Oedipus lingers and haunts a younger generation in this new and brilliant translation of Sophocles’ classic drama. The daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, Antigone is an unconventional heroine who pits her beliefs against the King of Thebes in a bloody test of wills that leaves few unharmed. Emotions fly as she challenges the king for the right to bury her own brother. Determined but doomed, Antigone shows her inner strength throughout the play.” – GoodReads
The first time I read Antigone was in High School and I remember reading this in one sitting and just being so intrigued by it. I can remember thinking how crazy this story is because a lot of stuff went down. This was the first Greek Tragedy that I read and I loved it. Pretty much after this one every Greek Tragedy that I read I really enjoyed reading.
2) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Note: I was not able to find a good synopsis for this so I am going to do my best to explain what it is about.
This book is about a group of characters that are on their way to Canterbury and to kill time on their long journey each character tells two tales. That is the main plot of the book and you get to read all the tales from all the characters.
I read this Junior year of High School and I really enjoyed reading this. We only read the general prologue and a few of the tales but from what I read this book was amazing. My teacher also made it easy to understand what was being said since this is written in old English.
3) Macbeth by Shakespeare
“A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.” – Wiki
I read Macbeth in High School as well and this is by far my favorite Shakespeare play. I just loved the story, the characters and the action because there was a lot going on. I also feel that this was easy to read and follow along with what was going on.
4) The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
“At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. However, with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, a story did ensue.
Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their help, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp. The Hiding Place is their story.” – Goodreads
I read this book for my Junior year High School Religion class. I just found this story so moving and educational ( I guess that’s why it was an assigned reading lol). I really do recommend this book for anyone that is interested in learning about that time period and just someones personal story about those horrifying times.
5) Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
Note: This is the only book on this list that I read in College but there are more books that I read in college that I enjoyed.
“This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the 1920s on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Sarah’s struggle towards independence and self-fulfillment resonates with a passion all can share. Beautifully redesigned page for page with the previous editions, Bread Givers is an essential historical work with enduring relevance.” -Goodreads
I read this for my United States Society class in college and this was one of those books that you are yelling at it the entire time. That is not because it is bad but because a character is pissing you off so bad that it makes you so angry at them. I really enjoyed reading this book and following Sara on her life journey and her standing up for what she believes in.
That’s it some books that I read in school and actually liked. I would love to know some books that you read for school and loved. Also should I do a post on books I read in school that I hated? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time book nerds,