Top Ten Tuesday: Where do I enroll? Ten fictional schools I want to attend!

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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 — which got me thinking about which fictional schools I’d really want to attend.

1) Hogwarts. Obviously.

2) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Because who wouldn’t want to live in a time loop and have secret powers?

3) Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, from Gail Carriger’s silly and delightful Finishing School series. A school that’s a dirigible floating over the English countryside? Yes, please. Especially if they’ll teach me the deadly art of wielding a bladed fan.

4) Spence Finishing School. Well, I’m only on the 1st book of the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray, but I like the witchiness lurking beneath the surface, even if certain snobby mean girls would just drive me bonkers.

5) Brakebills, from The Magicians. It’s like Hogwarts, but a lot naughtier. I want to hang out with the Physical Kids and play welters.

6) Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. I guess if I did go to a magical land and then get kicked out, I’d rather lick my wounds at Eleanor West’s Home than anywhere else. (And keep looking for my secret door the whole time, of course.)

7) Watford School of Magicks — because I pretty much love Simon Snow and would want to just go and hang out with him.

8) The Academy from Codex Alera. Because I want to learn to be a Cursor!

9) Oomza Uni from Binti. Granted, I’d have to lick the whole traveling through space to another planet issue, but other than that, it sounds great!

10) Galileo Academy from Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn. The school may be located on Earth, but wouldn’t it be awesome to have Martian classmates?

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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

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The Summer Reading List: Back to School Edition!

Public schools are back in session — yes, already! At least where I live, they are. My kid is safely ensconced in an institution of learning, ready to absorb all sorts of wisdom…

… and all the back-to-school hoopla has started me thinking (uh-oh).

On a trip this summer, we happened to be traveling with several families who had teens with them (and they were all quite lovely to be around!). Most of these teens spent their time on the various bus rides trying to barrel through their required summer reading. First off, I was happy to see teens reading actual books (you know, those things made of paper) and not constantly texting, tweeting, etc. Second, I was impressed by some of their reading assignments. Third, I started thinking about just how long it’s been since I’ve read some of these books, and felt quite ancient when I realized that for some, it’s been decades.

So I decided to give myself a back-to-school reading assignment. I’m quite wary of reading challenges these days, since I invariably fail. (Can I help it if I get distracted by all the shiny books waiting to be read and have a problem sticking to a pre-defined list?) I thought I’d keep it simple and doable. Sometime during the coming school year, I intend to read three or four “summer reading” books and see how they stand up a) compared to my memories and b) as experienced by an adult rather than a high school student!

I intend to read:

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

If I finish all of these and the school year isn’t over yet, I may add a 4th book to the list. Any suggestions?

I haven’t set myself a timeline or schedule at all, so I’ll be reading these more or less whenever I feel like it. BUT, if anyone wants to join me, I’d be happy to make it a bit more official and “assign” a due date so we can discuss.

Let me know if you’d like to join me in my back-to-school reading! No pop quizzes, I promise.