Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RTW: Required Reading

Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:
Back to school time! What's your favorite book that you had to read for a class?

In the fourth grade, we were partnered up to create a Link Way project of a book of our choosing. My partner and I picked Happy Birthday, Samantha! I loved the American Girl series at that age (in the early 90s), and in college, I bought the book before they changed the look of them all. It is the only American Girl book that I own since I borrowed the rest from the library.

This is the first book that I really remember reading for a class rather than it being read to us. I'm an English major so I've had to read a lot of books outside of my K-12 education. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite (I have a special edition copy that my husband bought for me) and I see my other classmates post that book as their favorite book to this day. However, it is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas that sticks out to me. I thought it would bore me to death when our teacher assigned it to us in our Fiction class. After a few pages, I couldn't stop reading it! It pulled me in unlike other books. It was in a foreign place, set in a prison, with high stakes. It surprised me how the book flowed and kept me engaged. I love to recommend it to people, especially those looking for a good book for their e-reader.

That was almost half my life ago, but The Count of Monte Cristo sticks with me as the book that surprised me. 

What book has stuck with you from your required reading?



  1. We never got the All American Girl books in New Zealand, but I did love the Babysitters Club! Are they similar?

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favourite books! It wasn't on my required reading list but I read it anyway in high school and love it!

    1. The American Girl series follows a main character in a different time of history. Samantha, for example, was a girl in 1904. Another character, Molly, was in 1944. They've added characters over the years and might have some set in contemporary times, like the BSC.

  2. Great choice! I love The Count of Monte Cristo. It was one of my summer reading books when I was in high school and I felt the same way about it.

  3. It's been a long time since I've read either TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD or THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Might have to revisit them. :)

    p.s. I love Samantha. I bought her before she was discontinued and have her on display in my office. My daughter thinks it's hers. She is wrong.

  4. This made me smile. I had Samantha when I was a kid, as well as Kirsten, Addy, and Felicity. I read a lot of American Girl Books. I was VERY into dolls. Poor Addy and Kirsten were my first, and they were subject to the hair-cutting obsession of an eight-year-old. I still have them all, stored in Texas for a someday when I have a daughter.

    Also, To Kill a Mockingbird is possibly my favorite book of all-time.

  5. Have not read that one. I loved the movie, but hear it strays pretty far from the book. I might have to add it to my list :)

  6. I instantly like any book where the main character is named Samantha. ;-)

    I have The Count of Monte Cristo on my Kobo, and plan to read it in the near, yet distant, future.

  7. I have never read the book, but I remember the movie with Daniel Day Lewis. Maybe I should read the book (and then watch the movie again...just for good measure :)

  8. My two oldest girls both had American Girl dolls (Kit and Molly). They actually learned some history from the stories in the books!

    I have yet to read THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. I haven't even read THE THREE MUSKETEERS--though I have it. One day... one day... :)

  9. TKAM was my pick for favorite assigned book! I missed out on The Count of Monte Cristo in school, but it's on my list of classics that I really need to read.

  10. So fun to see so many people loving on the books! And if you haven't read them, yes! Put them on your lists and give it a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how well it is translated and flows.


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