Don’t we all have favorite books we read in school? From time to time, I did dislike the books we were forced to read, but there were plenty of books from school that I love to this day. Now that students have returned to school, I wanted to share my favorites.
In no particular order, here they are.
Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson
My fifth grade teacher read this out loud to the class. I was spared listening to the sad ending in class because I was sick. My entire class loved the book so much and thought I should finish it, so it was given to me as a gift. I still have it on my shelf!
By Frank McCourt
I discovered this book by chance in high school, and I’m so happy I did. I was instantly mesmerized by McCourt’s ability to tell a story and the way he incorporated dialogue. I found it all so captivating. I read all three books and mourned his death.
My outdoorsy aunt lent her copy to me when I was in high school. As with McCourt, I was fascinated by how Krakauer was able to make nonfiction so interesting. It wasn’t just the ridiculous story of Christopher McCandless that intrigued me. Since discovering this book, Krakauer has become one of my favorite authors.
To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee
I think you should have seen this coming, but I forgive you if you didn’t! I no longer really consider this one of my favorite books ever because it’s been so long since i‘ve read it, that I don’t remember it as well as I think I should. Nevertheless, I still recall enjoying it a lot.
I felt oddly smug about having read this book when I was in junior high. First off, I really enjoyed it, but that’s not why I felt smug. No, the reason for that is because I was one of two who read it for a book report. My friend and I who also read it scored the highest in the class on our subsequent reports. I feel odd about the smugness because I didn’t go on to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. They’ve always intimidated me.
Daughter of Fortune
By Isabel Allende
I found a water-damaged copy of Daughter of Fortune in a Goodwill in high school. I loved this story, and like Krakauer and McCourt, reading this book started me on a life-long love of the authors’ works.
What were your favorite books from school? Have you reread them?