Thursday, July 26, 2012

Follow Friday 7/26/12

FF 2012 Feature & Follow #107 


Q: Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

I'm about to let my nerd show a little here...I really liked a lot of the mandatory reading in high school. We did two Shakespeares every year--loved that. I loved Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. And The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. But my favorite was The Things They Carried by Tim O'brien. It was the first (maybe only) war themed book that really gripped me both emotionally and intellectually. 


63 comments:

  1. Old follower hopping through. I'm the opposite, I hate classics so I blocked it all out :)

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  2. I'm required to read a lot of Shakespeare at my school as well! I'm a new follower!

    Here's My FF

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  3. I haven't read any of those but Slaughterhouse Five I have been eyeing for awhile.

    My FF

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  4. I'm a big fan of the Shakespeare stuff. Sure sometimes it is hard to follow, but the stories and the language are just gorgeous!
    The Brunette Librarian Blog

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  5. Your number one favorite I haven't heard of, but some of the others you mentioned I read and liked too =D

    Thanks for stopping by
    Old Follower
    -Becky

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  6. I didn't get to read any of those! And no, you are not the only one who doesn't like To Kill a Mockingbird. I started liking it AFTER I was out of school.. lol. Didn't much like it when it was required reading at the time.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF. Old follower :0)

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  7. Haven't heard of the O'Brien book! Remember Gatsby though!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  8. Awesome choices. I read both Slaughter House Five and The Great Gatsby after high school. Old Follower. Thanks for sharing and visiting My FF
    Michael @ The Bookshelf Review

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  9. Ohh I really wanna read The Great Gatsby !
    Old follower. (: Thanks for stopping by my blog and following !

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  10. Since I went to school in The Netherlands, our required reading list was a bit different. Although we did read a lot by Shakespeare. I liked it right up to the point where we had to make a play all by ourselves and perform it in front of the entire class. After that not fun anymore... New follower!

    Helene @ Helene's World of Books

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  11. I loved reading Shakespeare's writing as well! :)

    New follower

    My FF

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  12. I never read any of these ones but I'm glad you enjoyed them.

    old follower

    here is mine

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  13. EEEE The Great Gatsby, I totally forgot about that one. Loved it!!!

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  14. The Great Gatsby was so good, I can't wait to see the new movie for it coming out.
    New follower =)

    My FF

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  15. I think I read the short story version of that once - I'll have to check out the full length novel now. Cheers!

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  16. Great books! Thanks for dropping by and following you back!

    Kendal
    Kinx's Book Nook

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  17. Great picks! The Things They Carried practically punched me in the gut. My dad, both grandpas, husband, cousins, and many many friends are either active military or Veterans. O'Brien did an excellent job on that book.

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  18. Read the others, but not Slaughter House Five.

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  19. I haven't read any of those! Okay, no, I take that back. I read The Great Gatsby last year (but not for school). Slaughterhouse Five is on my TBR list though!
    Old follower - just stopping by!
    My Follow Friday Post!

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  20. I also loved Shakespeare, but I hated The Great Gatsby - still do. But maybe I'll go and see the Gatsby movie. I'm a new follower.

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  21. I usually enjoyed the required reading as well. Except Beowulf - I had a terrible time trying to get through that.

    Thanks for stopping by :)
    Old follower

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  22. While I didn't get to read it in school, I really love Slaughterhouse Five.

    Thanks for the follow! Following you back

    - destinationbookland.blogspot.com

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  23. New follower here. Thank you for stopping by my blog! I haven't read "The Things They Carried," but I actually own a copy...sitting on my enormous "To Be Read" pile. I have heard so many wonderful things about it.

    Looking forward to reading your blog!!

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  24. Awww...cute blog. I'm following you!

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  25. I love Shakespeare, too! And your blog is super cute :) Thanks for stopping by my post. New follower :D

    My FF

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  26. Wow, I haven't read any of those (except the Shakespeare of course).

    Thanks for stopping by My FF

    New Follower

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  27. OMG!!!! I LOVED the O'brien book!!!! And all the shakespeare stuff too. Great choices!

    Thanks for stopping by! Old follower.

    Ensconced in YA
    http://cahreviews.blogspot.com

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  28. AHHH I love The Great Gatsby..one of my favorite books ever :)
    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by my Follow Friday! Have an awesome weekend :)

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  29. I think we're going on to some Shakespeare this year! The Great Gasby looks really good too!

    Thanks for stopping by! New GFC and Linky follower! :)

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  30. Thanks for stopping by! New GFC follower :)
    Alexia @ Alexia's Chronicles

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  31. I admit I didn't like the required reading. I never got Shakespeare. In 6th grade I had an awesome teacher and he did do a great job with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Thanks for stopping by and I'm following GFC and Linky.

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  32. I had forgotten about Slaughterhouse Five, great choice!

    Thanks for stopping by my FF!

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  33. We did Shakespeare every year too. Thanks for stopping by my FF. New follower.

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  34. Thanks for stopping by LiteraryObsession.com! :) I'm following now via the Linky.

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  35. I read The Things They Carried in college.. intense read, but fantastic.. Following you back!

    Keely @ Realms of an Open Mind

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  36. I really liked the Great Gatsby too. I didn't like the ending though. I'm totally a HEA kind of girl lol. Thanks for stopping by!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  37. I love The Great Gatsby. Just reread it last year and found it even more remarkable. For my American Lit Class in high school, we had one of those free choice type papers and I did mine on Kurt Vonnegut. I didn't get a good grade- I think I got a C. My teacher said Vonnegut wasn't "real" literature. My mom was in college at the time- taking a 20th Century American Lit type class. Gave it to her professor to read- he said it was an A paper. Not knowing it was written by a high school student. My teacher, I think, was just a literary snob.

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  38. Oh, and thanks for following. I'm following you through GFC.

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  39. Great choice.

    new follower

    http://itchingforbooks.blogspot.com/2012/07/feature-follow-727.html

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  40. Great books! Thanks for the follow!

    New follower via GFC!

    -dee
    wellpinaroseonyournose.blogspot.com

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  41. I loved most of my required reading too! Yay nerds!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  42. Great picks! Old follower here, Hooray!
    Thanks for stopping by My FF!

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  43. Shakespeare is one of my all-time favorite authors. I was so disappointed when I didn't get the Shakespeare course that I requested in high school. I still got to read Hamlet and Othello that year, but for me, the more Shakespeare, the better.

    Old follower. Thanks for stopping by!

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  44. gahhh I can't believe I forgot about Gatsby! I loved that book and Slaughterhouse 5 too! Great picks!
    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  45. I'm not a big Shakespeare fan and I didn't really like The Great Gatsby, but I'm glad you enjoyed them :) I haven't heard of that last one though, maybe I should've went to your school lol. Thanks for stopping by my FF, following you back <3

    Ana♥ Beach Bum Reads

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  46. Shakespeare? Heavy reading. Good for you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for the follow. I thought I'd pop over and check out your answers and of course follow you back!

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  47. I loved the Great Gatsby too. It's a great read. I haven't heard of the last book though, but it sounds like it really had an impact on you. :)

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  48. I haven't read Slaughterhouse V or The Things They Carried but All Quiet on the Western Front was a pretty compelling war story. :)
    yay to Great Gatsby Buddies! and enjoying two Shakespeares a year is commendable, lol.
    thanks for stopping by! New Subscriber! looking forward to reading more

    aspen

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  49. I've always been a massive Shakespeare fan - I read even the ones that weren't on the curriculum! :)

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  50. Thanks for the follow, I'm following back :)

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  51. I was the opposite. I hated everything I was "forced" to read in school. Maybe it was the word "required" that did it for me.

    I'm a new follower.

    Ashley
    Booksaremylove.blogspot.com

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  52. I am the complete opposite. If I had to do two Shakespeare plays every year I would have died. But that is just me. :) I am glad that you got to study books and plays that you enjoyed. English may have been better for me if that were the case.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF

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  53. Old follower, I had a hard time remembering what I read in school.
    :) FF Post

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  54. Hi, thanks for following and droppin by my FF.
    Now following yours. :)

    Michelle from Michelle Shouts Random

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  55. thanks for commenting! followed you back! :) *new follower*

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  56. I've been meaning to read The Things They Carried, but never got around to it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you had an awesome weekend!

    sinn @ sinnful books

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  57. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! Haven't read any of those books :(

    Vanya D. @ YA Story Teller

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  58. The Great Gatsby UNITE! =) Following back.

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  59. I feel like I should have loved the Great Gatsby more than I did. It's one of those that I should probably reread now that I'm older. Especially since the movie is coming out.

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  60. Shakespeare's always a good bet :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my FF!

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  61. Great picks! I still need to read Slaughterhouse Five. Thanks so much for stopping by my FF and for following! I am so sorry that I'm only now getting back to you! But I'm following you as well, now! Have a great week! :D

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  62. Hi,

    Hopping on through from the feature and follow!
    
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  63. Of the 3 books you named (aside from Shakespeare), I've not read a single one. :-( Heard of them though. But I do love Shakespeare.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Tara @ Shhh... Not While I'm Reading

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