RTW: Required Reading

This Week’s Topic is: 

Back to school time! What’s your favorite book that you had to read for a class?

It’s been eight years since I left high school and I honestly don’t remember all my required reading. Two books I do remember and thoroughly enjoyed reading:

I think I read this in Grade 8, not sure – might have been in primary school. But I remember this story and the tension in my shoulders while I read it. It’s a fantastic story, really poignant as you would expect from the title. I’m not usually into historical novels but I really loved this story. Think it may be time to reread.


Now this book I remember in detail as it was my matric set work. I loved the post modern approach in this book, the self-awareness of the main character and the major themes of the story. Innocence really is that fragile and a misunderstanding can have dire consequences. This isn’t the easiest book to read but I highly recommend the book over the movie (I liked the film but it just doesn’t do the book justice). I think this is bound to be considered a classic one day. Another historical novel hah! Perhaps I do actually enjoy this genre.

What is your favourite required read?

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  • Samantha

    Oh nice!! I’ve never read Atonement, but I’d like to one day! I do quite like historical novels. Haven’t heard of the first one but it sounds good!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Atonement is brilliant and the writing is sumptuous! If you like historical works then Atonement should be on your TBR list 🙂

  • Bess Weatherby

    I always wanted to read “Summer of my German Soldier.” Might have to add it to the list!

    • Suzanne_Writer

      It’s a great book and short enough to read in one sitting.

  • kirsten lopresti

    Oh, I loved Atonement. I wish I’d been assigned that one.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      Considering I went to Catholic school for girls I’m a little surprised we were assigned it 😉

  • I haven’t read either of these, but did see Atonement the film, which was breathtaking. (Movies never do the book justice though.) Both choices here sound right up my alley.

    • Suzanne_Writer

      🙂 The book is definitely still worth a read.

  • cds

    We weren’t assigned SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER to read (or if it was assigned, I didn’t read it), but we did watch the movie in school. Good story.

    • Xaniver

      I didn’t know there was a movie! Must watch. Thank you!

  • Xaniver

    Atonement really is.