Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books from ye olde school days to re-read… eventually

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is a Back To School Freebie — so I’ve decided to focus on books from my school days that I’d really like to revisit someday.

Here are ten books from my middle and high school reading adventures that I recall fondly… and really should re-read to see if they still grab my attention:

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1) Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

2) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

3) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

4) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

5) Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

6) 1984 by George Orwell

7) Hiroshima by John Hersey

8) The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

9) Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markanday

10) Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen

What books made your list this week? Please share your TTT links!

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30 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books from ye olde school days to re-read… eventually

    • Thanks! I’d really like to read more Shirley Jackson. I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year and thought it was one of the creepiest things I’ve ever experienced.

    • Aren’t they great? I did reread Brave New World a few years ago, and was so amazed by how much of Huxley’s vision can be related to today’s technology. Brilliant.

  1. Great list! I loved that I had read 1984 whilst studying Soviet history because it added so much more to the story…Also enjoyed reading Brave New World and A Tale of Two Cities (though for the latter I’m glad to have read it on my own and not for school).

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    • Oh yes, I can see how tying 1984 to real-world events would make it so much more powerful. I read A Tale of Two Cities during high school, in a year when I had probably the best English teacher of all of my school years. She really helped us understand the story in a way that brought it all to life for me — probably my first time getting so into a “classic”.

  2. Island of the Blue Dolphins is one of my childhood favorites. 🙂 I never could get through Brave New World. I wonder if I’d do better with the audio version. Orwell’s novel, on the other hand, was a favorite of mine. 🙂 Great list!

  3. Island of the Blue Dolphins is also a favorite of mine and I would really love to re-read it. A few of these I STILL haven’t read (Flowers for Algernon and Brave New World specifically – how I missed those I have no idea). And a few others I’ve never even heard of. Will definitely check them out. 🙂

    • I keep remembering more and more from my school years (i really did have some excellent English teachers). I think there’s a lot that I read back then that I didn’t fully appreciate, because you know, high school 🙂

  4. I love the idea of re-reading school books — in fact, for a while I was trying to do this on my blog and was purposely re-reading books I didn’t like to see if an older (wiser?) me would appreciate what I missed back in the day. It fell by the wayside, but hopefully someday I’ll get back to it!

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