3 Books you read in school (that you can totally read as an adult).
Reading in school was not something most of us have fond memories of. Even if you were someone that loved reading as a kid, chances are you had to endure, a monotonous, reading of Pride and Prejudice every other afternoon and it didn’t sit well. The one reason why so many people have trouble developing the reading habit is that they never got around to reading what they enjoy. But there are certain books that our curriculum consisted of that charm us in retrospect; books that were underappreciated and get a bad rep for being ‘coursebooks’.
Here are some of the books that you probably read in school and didn’t get to appreciate as much.
Animal Farm is the kind of book that takes guts to write. It is a satire and an allegorical novella by George Orwell. Having read this book, you know that it is more than the tale of freedom of overworked and abused animals deciding to create a ‘farm’ of justice, equality, and more. Animal Farm is a grown-up fable that records the becoming of Stalinist Russia but it crafted so, that it aligns perfectly with any freedom struggle and revolution be it in the past or the present. It is something you can read in one sitting and wonder why you didn’t enjoy it as much back in the day.
A tree grows in Brooklyn is a semi-autobiographical novel telling the tale of an impoverished yet aspirational Francie Nolan growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. The tale is filled with emotion and mirrors the resilience of the characters in the face of adversity. Much like the main metaphor of the Tree of Heaven, Francie continues to strive towards her ambitions no matter what life throws at her.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that builds character. It is a textured tale that explores the theme of friendship, racism, and injustice. The novel is unforgettable, compassionate and a classic which won the Pultizer Prize. Set in 1930s Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee centers the efforts of Atticus Finch as he attempts to prove that Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman is innocent. The novel is intense and is considered a masterpiece of American Literature.
Re-reading books that you enjoyed in school is nothing short of a time-capsule. But its about more than just reminiscing. Books that we read in school are easily some of the most underrated books you’ll ever come across and written with a depth that is often unrivaled. Reading them as an adult gives you a new perspective.
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What are some of the books you enjoyed reading in school, that you’d like to re-read?