6 + 6 = Saturday Six

The link in Wednesday’s post about high schools killing our love of reading inspired today’s Saturday Six.  I looked back at the books I had to read for various English classes and used to despise but have revisited on my own to find out that I really liked them.

6 Books I hated in High School but like now:

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
3. 1984 – George Orwell
4. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
5. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
6. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

Unfortunately I can’t blame high school for everything. Here are 6 books I hated back then and still hate:

1. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
2. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
3. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
5. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

What are some books you hated in high school and like now?

5 thoughts on “6 + 6 = Saturday Six

  1. I find it funny that all of the books you hate, I love. The only thing I can really agree with is that the characters in The Great Gatsby are detestable, but I adore Fitzgerald’s descriptions. They were unlike anything I had come across before when I first read them- so vivid and compelling.

    • I will admit that some on that hate list I should probably re-read. Usually when books are typically well-liked and I don’t like them, I try to re-read them at different points in my life to see if maybe it will get better. Doesn’t always work, but someday I will finish Gravity’s Rainbow, dang it.

  2. I can’t really say what books I used to hate but now love because it’s very rare that I re-read books. I’m trying to change that about myself, but I haven’t had a great deal of luck. I CAN say, however, that even in school, I loved “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Slaughterhouse Five.” I remember enjoying those books quite a lot.

    One book that was assigned to us in my senior AP English class was “Sarum.” It’s a fictional history of England. Yes, you read that correctly. A FICTIONAL history of England, that literally starts at the beginning of time and follows the original family’s descendants up through the 1980s. It was our year-long assignment because the book is around 1000 pages long. I never finished it, largely due to the aforementioned loathing of being assigned books to read. But it WAS actually interesting, and I often think about going back to give it another go. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend checking it out.

  3. F*** Boo Radley… Seriously though, I hated that book. I didn’t care about a single character in it. To me that book was the literary equivalent of Napoleon Dynamite.

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