Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and Bookish, is a Back to School-related freebie, so we had a lot of leeway in the direction our lists could go this week. I feel like there are some books that I read in high school (which, ahem, was 20+ years ago for me!) that I would really like to reread as an adult. I know that as I change and grow as a person, so do my reading tastes change and grow. I feel like these books deserve an adult eye.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison. I was a sophomore in high school when I was assigned this, and I feel like I was waaaaay too young to appreciate it. Since I’ve been reading Morrison in the past year, I know that I MUST reread this from an adult perspective.
- Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. My mom was a big fan of the movie and the book, and I saw the movie at a fairly young age and fell in love with it. I read the book probably somewhere around 9th grade. Since then, I’ve become more aware of its problematic content. So I definitely need to reread this through the prism of a more adult understanding of race in American history.
- The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. She’s one of my favorite authors. I read this as assigned reading in high school and I’m grateful that I got that opportunity. I want to reread all of her earlier novels and her books of essays.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I have NO excuse for not having read this since the 9th grade. None.
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. This was assigned at some point, possibly as a summer reading choice, I can’t remember. I remember really enjoying it, but I don’t remember much else about it. Worth a reread for sure!
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I didn’t read this in school, but read it as a child, and was drawn to it again after the Winona Ryder/Christian Bale/Claire Danes version came out in 1994. But it’s been a very long time since then, so it made my list.
- The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy. This was an assigned book, perhaps for summer reading. It’s a memoir about Conroy’s experience teaching on Daufuskie Island, SC (which he calls Yamacraw Island in the book.) His one year teaching children of Gullah heritage in the late 1960’s was really interesting.
Here are three works I wish I’d been assigned in high school or college but never was:
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
I swear I’m going to read these – sometime!
Have you read any of these? Has it been a while since you read them? What are some titles that you think deserve a reread since your own school days?