Required Reading




When I named this blog “required reading”, I was referring to the books you may have been required to read in your high school English class. I am not saying this blog is required reading but hopefully you will continue reading!

When you were in high school were you required to read certain titles for English class?  The philosophy behind requiring an entire class to read a particular title is that it forces the student to sit down and read and in turn they will develop reading skills they will need in life. It is said that the readers will see the similarities between problems of the past and the present. Do you agree that the reading of the titles helped you develop as a reader and person?


Did required reading just turn you off to reading?  Did you feel that you couldn’t relate to the times and characters in the required reading titles. Did you feel that an old teacher, who knew nothing about you, knew enough to select reading material for you?  Do you feel that any of the titles listed below have any relevance to life in 2017?

These books are often found on required reading lists.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald published in 1925

Lord of the Flies by William Golding published in 1954

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee published in 1960

1984 by George Orwell published in 1949

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne published in 1850

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger published in 1951

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck published in 1937

Animal Farm by George Orwell published in 1945

After I question the value of being forced to read any of the above titles, I will let you know that the Central Penn Library does have all of the titles. We also have DVDs of some of the books. If you did not have to read the titles in high school, you can rush to the library to catch up with them now. You can find most of the books in the 813 area of the library.  You may have no desire to catch up with the books listed above but please browse the 813 section for plenty of leisure reading. I hope that you can either continue your love of reading for pleasure or discover that reading is enjoyable and a great escape from your required textbook reading.

We would love to hear your thoughts about required reading vs. reading for pleasure? Are there specific titles you would recommend for required reading? Are there titles you would like to recommend for pleasure reading? Would love to do a blog on books recommended by YOU.


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