Saturday, January 24, 2009

Reading the Classics

When I was in high school, one day my English teacher handed out a reading list for those who were headed for college. From that day on every book I read HAD to be on that list. Later I acquired 2 more lists for college bound students. Then every book I read HAD to be on at least 2 lists and if it was on all three, all the better.

So I read the classics, and read and read. No wonder my children and now my grandson love to read.

Just curious whether anyone else restricted their literary menu in a similar fashion. Well?


  1. We had to read classics in high school and college, but I also read for enjoyment when I had the time.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. I never was given a HAD to list like that, but I read plenty of the classics in HS & college. Still go back & read them sometimes.

  3. I guess I needed to make it clearer that this was a self imposed HAD to list. :)

  4. I probably had reading lists in high school, but I don't remember them. Reading has always been important to me, but my approach has often been scattershot. One of my first reading assignments in high school was Jane Eyre, and only a half century later did I actually sit down and read the whole thing. A pity, because it's a good book.

    Bob Sanchez

  5. I wish I'd had the time and inclination to read for pleasure back in college. I'm only now making up for it by reading everything I can get my hands on, including the classics.


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