The reading lists in high school were always so long. We had summer reading for just about every single class (even math) and reading the books before the last week of vacation was useless… because there was always a (really hard) test on the first day. I hated reading because of it. I felt guilty reading something that wasn’t required and I ended up really just resenting those reading lists.
I tried my best to keep up with the endless book lists– especially in AP Lit and Lang– but I could never really stay on top of it. Read: I never prioritized it. And… I don’t think I really cared. Spark Notes was used to fill in the holes of what I did and didn’t read (whoops).
Now, however, I so regret not giving some of the books the chance they deserve. They were all those “classic” stories that every high schooler seemingly around the country reads. My laziness and stubbornness totally made me miss out.
While in the bookstore one night, I was spotting all these books that I should have read, but didn’t. “Oh, was supposed to read this freshman year.” “That one was a junior year book.” And so on. It was pretty embarrassing. I picked up The Catcher in the Rye, which I was supposed to read at some point and promised myself that I would put aside my teenaged baggage and actually read it.
Honestly, it made me even more upset that I hadn’t taken those reading lists so seriously. Did anyone else skim books in high school or skip them altogether? I want to make a real-world-high-school-reading-list based on everyone’s “favorites.” So let me know what your favorite book (or two) in high school!
PS I’m really hoping that I wasn’t the only one who cut corners on the reading… I know I did actually read sometimes– I stayed up all night reading Heart of Darkness once and I know I read Beloved because you can answer every AP exam question with an example from it and I loved The Count of Monte Cristo! And Catch 22!
PPS If you’re in high school, do the reading!