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Required Reading

LIGHT_IN_FORESTSo today, in random things that cross my mind, I found myself thinking about required reading in school. After wracking my brain, I think the first book I was assigned to read was The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. It was seventh grade.

Now, I read a million trillion books before then, but I think that was the first one I was assigned to read. It did not go well. In high school, I think I similarly struck out with my first reading of Jane Eyre and various short stories by Flannery O’Connor. Back then, Shakespeare didn’t even do it for me! Luckily, by the time I got to college I’d read even more on my own, and got into some great classes that allowed me to bring my sense of reading for pleasure to my assigned reading.

And so I’m curious — how did you do with your assigned reading in school? What books were assigned? How’d they go? And if you have kids, what are they reading today in class?

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