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  1. I remember enjoying English in school, until I reached the end of my GCSEs and I was pretty fed up of reading Of Mice and Men for the fifth time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book but it did get tedious for sure. I also read Animal Farm which I appreciate much more now than I did back when I was 16. It would have been nice to read some more modern pieces to be honest!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Same here, we analysed it to it’s death. I just think it’s time the school system changes it up a bit!

  2. I couldn’t agree more. I think teachers should move away from their conventional teaching methods—there are so many creative approaches to make classics accessible to young readers!

    • 100%! It’s so easy for analysing and re-read passages over and over to become tedious and boring for young readers.

  3. In school, I read everything on this list except for Huck Finn & The Crucible! I do believe we need to encourage a love of reading, and we should do so at a young age. I think each school district should still get to determine what books are read in each grade, but I think it would probably be beneficial to give parents & students a vote in that–if that’s not a thing already (I’m not sure). Teaching the classics in a stimulating & exciting way is of course the best approach!

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    • I think giving parents and students more of a say would be a great idea! Of course they should become familiar with the texts, but I just think analysing them and reading them to death just becomes boring and tedious for younger students.

  4. What is your opinion on parents reading these classics to kids from an early age? I also studied English Literature and love the classics and read/act out Shakespeare to my 2 boys on a regular basis. They love it. Now they are only 3 and 1 and have a long way to go before they read these classics in school but do you think introducing these classics to them young would make a difference in how they perceive them when they are older?

  5. I love reading, but I admit that I wasn’t very excited about assigned readings in school. I was definitely forced to read a few books I didn’t like, but I suppose I’m glad that I had a teacher around to show me how to appreciate those works, even if they weren’t the most fun for me to read. Funnily enough, now that I’m out of school, I’ve been wanting to read more classics–to read for pleasure and not to analyse every detail. The Catcher in the Rye is one of the books on my TBR that wasn’t on my school curriculum; I even borrowed my roomie’s copy and it’s been waiting to be read 😛 -Audrey | Book Book Chick

    • Yeah that’s true, I was still able to appreciate why certain books were renowned as classics/so popular. I’m exactly the same! Especially this year, I’ve realised how many I’m still yet to read! Hope you enjoy! x

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