Back To School Books

Today's Road Trip Wednesday question is:

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

The obvious choices for me would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and the three Shakespeare plays I had to read: Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello (I can't remember if I read Shakespeare in my AP English class...) I was already a fan of Colin Firth's BBC adaptation of P&P before I had to read it in my Brit Lit class in eleventh grade. And I started reading Shakespeare for fun around grade nine so reading them in school was no biggie.

Then I took a look at my bookshelf and remembered two books that I fell in love with while reading them for school:

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Both books are about war, the first about World War I, the second about World War II. Both books are honest, heartfelt, awful, scary, and eye-opening. They are very true depictions of life for the soldiers during both wars. My love of history and fascination with both World Wars can probably be stemmed from reading these books in grade nine and ten.

Did you end up loving any books after reading them for school?