Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Books Read in School


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related. So, I chose to do my 10 favorite books read for school.

the yellow wall paper

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Back Cover Description: First published in 1892, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written as the secret journal of a woman who, failing to relish the joys of marriage and motherhood, is sentenced to a country rest cure. Though she longs to write, her husband and doctor forbid it, prescribing instead complete passivity. In the involuntary confinement of her bedroom, the hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper–a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Narrated with superb psychological and dramatic precision, “The Yellow Wallpaper” stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman’s descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.

garden party

The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

Back Cover Description: Written during the final stages of her illness, “The Garden Party and Other Stories” is full of a sense of urgency and was Katherine Mansfield’s last collection to be published during her lifetime. The fifteen stories, many of them set in her native New Zealand, vary in length and tone from the opening story, “At the Bay, ” a vivid impressionistic evocation of family life, to the short, sharp sketch “Mrs. Brill, ” in which a lonely woman’s precarious sense of self is brutally destroyed when she overhears two young lovers mocking her. Sensitive revelations of human behavior, these stories reveal Mansfield’s supreme talent as an innovator who freed the story from its conventions and gave it a new strength and prestige.


The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

Back Cover Description: In these four stories, Kate Chopin subtly captures the intricate interior lives of a generation of women. From the famous proto-feminist tale “The Story of an Hour” to the subtly sexy “A Respectable Woman,” Chopin sheds light on the frustrations, desires, and dreams of her own era and their reverberations today. Artist Gemma Correll’s quirky illustrations provide a perfect modern counterpoint to Chopin’s classic prose.


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Back Cover Description: Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Back Cover Description: I don’t think this one needs a description.


Equus by Peter Shaffer

Back Cover Description: In “Equus,” which took critics and public alike by storm and has gone on to become a modern classic, Peter Shaffer depicts the story of a deranged youth who blinds six horses with a spike. Through a psychiatrist’s analysis of the events, Shaffer creates a chilling portrait of how materialism and convenience have killed our capacity for worship and passion and, consequently, our capacity for pain. Rarely has a playwrite created an atmosphere and situation that so harshly pinpoint the spiritual and mental decay of modern man.

the dew breaker

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Back Cover Description: We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him, and learn that he has also kept a vital, dangerous secret. Edwidge Danticat s brilliant exploration of the dew breaker –or torturer–s an unforgettable story of love, remorse, and hope; of personal and political rebellions; and of the compromises we make to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history. It firmly establishes her as one of America s most essential writers.”


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Back Cover Description: Here is the classic novel of supreme horror that has held readers spellbound since its publication in 1816. This new edition will also feature an examination of the films inspired by Shelley’s groundbreaking work, plus a fascinating look into genetic engineering and the modern implications of this immortal tale.


The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Back Cover Description: In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

the scarlet letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Back Cover Description: Hailed by Henry James as “the finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country,” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation’s historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Back Cover Description: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


27 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Books Read in School

  1. Lots of heavy, heavy stuff here! Scarlet Letter has and Macbeth are favorites of mine also. Bluest Eye is so sad. I believe I read that and Yellow Wallpaper in a college class about feminist literature.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I wish Lord of the Rings would have been required reading or that I could have used it for a project or something. We never read The great gatsby, I’m surprised looking back that our lit teacher didn’t have that on our required list. I remember reading a ton of poetry seemed like, but I don’t think our required lit was as strenuous as some people’s…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. The Great Gatsby is a book that I want/don’t want to read in fairly equal measure! It’s a book that I really feel I should give a chance and yet there’s just something that puts me off and I’m not sure what this is. One day I will just simply make myself pick it up and hopefully it will be amazing.
    Lynn 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • I can see where you’re coming from there. It’s the way I feel about The Handmaids Tale. I think books like those are best read in groups to keep you moving forward with the read and also give you a place to talk about what the heck is going on.


  4. Haha, if I did this topic mine would be a short list. I’m sad to say I never really paid much attention in lit class and skimmed all my required reading. I didn’t really get into reading/books until I was older and could choose my own reading material.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yeah, it helps when you’re able to choose what you read. The accelerated reader program we were put through in 4th – 8th grade really killed my love of reading for a while. I didn’t really get back into it until about junior year of high school.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s