Today’s Hype or Like Friday post is about those dreaded books I had to read in school. We all have some that we’ve read that we didn’t like! Here are five of mine:
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- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. I hated this book so, so much. But, I do think that this was a case of me just not liking my teacher, and therefore hating everything he assigned, so I’d like to revisit this at some point.
- The Odyssey by Homer. Uggh. I had to read this, and then create a poster-board map of the journey. This was not a fun read or assignment. I would like to re-read this one as well, now that I’ve read The Iliad, and maybe I’ll appreciate this one more.
- The poem Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “Listen my children and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere.” I can go on (and on and on). Unfortunately, my assignment for this one was to memorize the stupid poem, and perform it in front of the class. With hand motions! And exciting dramatic flair!! No. I still cringe whenever I hear the words “One if by land and two if by sea”. I can’t recite all of it and never could! Here’s a link to the full text of the poem.
- Beowulf by Anonymous. Nope! Nope and nope. I don’t think I understood a word of this. Another one I need to re-read now that I’m older.
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I just did not get this one. I’ve tried multiple times, but it’s never clicked with me. One day I will try it again!
And there you have it – my list of dreaded books that I was forced to read! And note how I plan to go back and re-read them all, except for the horrible Paul Revere’s Ride. (shudder)
And I was bad last week and didn’t mention this month’s selection for Hype or Like Friday. We are reading Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, and I haven’t read any Rainbow Rowell yet, so I’m looking forward to this read!
Stay tuned for my review of Carry On next Friday!
And how about you? Which books (or stories or poems) were you assigned way back when that you didn’t like? Would you revisit them now? Tell tell!!
And here’s my review of The Iliad in case you are interested.