Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Required Reading


Okay, so I don’t generally do Top Five Wednesdays, but I really liked this week’s topic so I’ve just decided to do it (also, I know I’m late, but I was sick yesterday so just give me a break).

Top Five Wednesday was created by Lainey over on Youtube as (Gingerreadslainey). If you want to participate, just head over to the Goodreads page and check out the rules and topics!

1) Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I read this one my freshman year of high school. It’s kind of a gruesome story, as I’m sure most of you know, but for some reason I found myself really liking it. It’s not that I liked all of the violence and suffering, but I liked imagining what I would do in that situation and kind of getting a glimpse into the human mind a bit.

2) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – I read this my second year in college. My husband and I (then just engaged) decided to take an American Lit class together and this was one of the assigned readings that we had. It was just a beautifully written story and my first exposure to Ernest Hemingway.

3) The Prince by Machiavelli – I read this in a Poli Sci class my senior year (I took classes at the local community college junior and senior year). I’d heard a lot about it, but had never read it for myself when it was assigned. I don’t know what it is about it, but I really enjoyed reading it! Maybe because it just all…kind of made sense to me. It seemed logical in some ways.

4) The Odyssey by Homer – I read this in my sophomore English class. We read a ton of books that I absolutely hated in that class, but this wasn’t one of them! I have always been interested in Greek mythology so reading The Odyssey was fun and interesting to me.

5) Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan – I (mostly) read this for my Econ 110 class my first year of college. I say mostly because I haven’t actually managed to finish it yet, but I definitely plan to! It’s a fun way to look at Economics as a subject just from a casual point of view. The author does a good job relating Econ terms to every day life. Just a fun read even  (maybe especially) if you don’t know anything about Economics!


10 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday: Favorite Required Reading

      1. I barely had anything assigned in high school. I loved Gatsby but read that a couple years ago after I had been well out of school. My teachers were weird. I think I did more summer reading in middle school!

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  1. I remember expecting Lord of the Flies to be awful because on of my friends hated it when she read it for school (she’s a year older than me). But then when I read it, I found it pretty good.
    I haven’t read Prince by Machiavelli but I’m interested in it. It sounds pretty good!
    Books that I remember not liking so much is pretty much any novel I’ve read for summer reading homework and Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. By the time I get through the assignment, I’m always sick of the book because of all the analysis. I always end up thinking that the characters suck and that the plot is boring. It just doesn’t work out for me. And for Romeo and Juliet the writing was nice but I ended up finding the characters dumb. Which I guess is a common thing that people think when it comes to that play.

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    1. I totally get what you’re saying about over-analysis and stuff. For me, there was one year in school (sophomore year) when I hated just about every book we read kind of because of that, but also because I didn’t feel like any of them were particularly relevant.

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