Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: Assigned Reading I Could've Done Without

Top 5 Wednesday is a group on Goodreads hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube.

So this whole month is freebie topics, you could go back and pick a previous topic all the way back through 2013, but I just don't have the time to wade through all those posts so I decided to come up with my own list.  So for this week's topic I decided to compile a list of the assigned school reading that I really didn't like and didn't really make an influence on me at all.  (Next week I will list the books that did in fact change my life).

So here we go, the Top 5 Assigned Books I Could've Done Without

In 6th grade my advanced reading group was assigned to read Jane Eyre, I tell you what that book was far too slow for a bunch of 6th graders to appreciate, it has earned a place as one of my most disliked books EVER as a result.

Oh gosh, middle grade English class reading was awful! We had to read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in back to back years and I absolutely despised them both. I think it was the way the accent was written, I may appreciate them more if I had access to an audio book but I guarantee I won't be picking them up again to try.

Another book that just couldn't be fully grasped by a young teen mind, I had to read this one in early high school and it was just so dull and nearly unbearable for the entire class, myself included.

I think this is the one and only assigned reading books that I never finished!! I could not deal with the run on sentences and fell asleep after less than 2 pages every time I tried to read this one.  Luckily my grades were great in all other areas for that English class and I passed with flying colors.

So what assigned reading could you have done without? Any of these on your list of dreaded books, or did they instead make an impact on you as a reader?


  1. I hate Jane Eyre and I read it as an adult. It just sucks. I don’t think young kids should be forced to read such dry classics. They’ll turn them off reading.

    1. Haha glad to know it is still awful! Luckily I still love books, a few bad ones mixed with all the greats made it okay for me but I don't think a lot of the kids I was in that group with read much anymore.