Friday, February 24, 2012

TGIF [25]

Happy Friday Bloggers! I'm ending another full book week by joining with other bloggers to share bookish pictures, lists, and excitements. This weekly feature is hosted by Ginger over at GReads! It's a fun way to spend a bookish Friday. For all of the details, and to get involved/participate click [HERE] and join in. 

Required Reading:
Which book from your school days do you remember reading & enjoying?
Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?

Unfortunately, all during my school years I took reading for granted. Most of the required reading I hated. I felt forced to read them, so I just did what I had to to pass the class. However, one book (or play) in High School I found myself loving. Also, I picked one that I read in High School, but didn't love until I did an in-depth study of it in college.

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw {High School}

A full cast performance featuring Michael Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Michael Hordern, and Donald Pleasence in Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. Available on compact disc. 

Written in 1912, Pygmalion quickly became a legend in its own time. The characters, situations, and dialogue Bernard Shaw supplies are rich, ebullient, and unmatched in wit as the infamous Henry Higgins prepares to "make a duchess of this draggletailed guttersnipe."

Thus begins this classic tale as Shaw pokes fun at smugness and priggish conventionality. Who can forget professor Henry Higgins with his passionate interest in the science of phonetics and the improvement of British speech, or of course, poor Eliza Doolittle, who is one of the great heroines of the 20th century?

Get ready to enjoy the greatest Shaw romp of them all as Higgins prepares to transform a common flower girl into a creature "the king of England would accept as royalty."

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley {College}

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life? and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises rofound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

      Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?

The one book I've read recently that I think should be read by kids is: Bad Apple by Laura Ruby. I've tried pushing this book on friends because I think it's a book that means something. A topic that's frequently in the news is bullying.

Maybe Tola's story isn't to the extreme that most kid's deal with, but her story is about a rumor that has traumatic consequences.

Junior Tola Riley doesn’t care what people say about her. She knows her ever-changing hair color and goth clothes make her an easy target. Whatever. But the latest rumor is different.... The entire school believes she had an affair with her art teacher. The rumors may be a lie, but the fallout is all too real. Will Tola finally stand up for the truth?

With a heroine you'll root for and a truly relevant story, Laura Ruby has once again brought the authentic teen experience to life for readers who relish dark humor and razor-sharp wit. 

---- Bad Apple isn't everyone's cup of tea. I've actually seen some pretty bad reviews of it, however, I connected with it and fell for it. Ruby's writing captured the mind and spirit of this girl. I never once thought this was an adult writing about a teenager. I ALWAYS thought I was reading Tola's personal diary. THAT is how good Ruby is.

She's not afraid to be different; to be daring; to GO THERE with her writing. She told Tola's story with passion and dry humor... and a lot of art. So, this is why I think kids (mostly teens) should be required to read this one. I think they'd walk away from this read with a new look on rumors and the consequences their words hold. 



  1. I feel like a loser for not having read Frankenstein yet. Damn.. XD

    Happy Friday!

    Patricia // My Hop

  2. Your copy of Bad Apple is sitting on my shelf & I REALLY need to get to it SOON! Might make this happen next month for Rewind & Review :)

  3. I haven't read any of the books you mentioned though I have Frankenstein on my Nook. Have a great weekend! I hope you'll drop by and check out my first TGIF.

  4. It's funny to me - to see how many of us book bloggers avoided the required reading in high school! I definitely did - and I didn't take anything in college where I had to read (although *if* I go back like I'm hoping? That will be different!)

    Stop by and see my TGIF / Follow Friday for this week!

  5. I need to read these books. I hate to say it but I never read Frankenstein.

  6. I was not a reader while in school at. all. Glad I wasn't the only one. :)

  7. I've never read Frankenstein. The kids in my book club are very busy writing papers and have "no time to read" they said by our next meeting, they will be reading Frankenstein for class, so I've decided that I'll read it with them, and we can talk about it at book club. I don't need to be adding to their stress...

    I think a book about the consequences of bullying would be a great addition to the curriculum. I've never read Bad Apple-- I'll add that one to my list too.

  8. I haven't read any of the titles you picked out this week -but reading your explanations for each one has me determined to read them eventually! Thanks for the great suggestions :) Bad Apple sounds especially interesting.

  9. You know what, I LOVE the movie My Fair Lady that was based on Pygmalion but I have never read the book! Shame on me! I need to read it soon!!


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