Thursday, February 08, 2007

Breezey's Book Barbecue List

I've been working on this for years now. And every book I truly cannot stand is on it.... This is just the first edition, someday, when I figure out how I'll stick it in the sidebar but alas til then.
1) Ellen Foster- read it for eleventh grade English with Mr. D, who was a great teacher by the way only the book well was terrible.
This is about a young girl who is severely abused by her father, then her grandmother and then the system. It's semi- autobiographical from what I remember from class. I felt sorry for the kid I really did. But then I wondered why we read that instead of something else. Every year my English teachers said we didn't read enough. Me? Most teachers said I read too much but...
I can't help but wonder what they expected, the things they made us read for class by no means made anyone want to read out side of school.
2) The Pearl- just one question... did he have to kill off the baby? He was the only character I liked (9th grade English, Miss Palmer, yet another example of a "contemporary classic")
3) sadly.... Harry Potters 5&6, okay I'll actually do posts on these later but.. Did she have to kill off his godfather? He was cool. And Snape (my favorite character 'cause I'm a little creepy) did Harry have to be right about him?
4) all Shakespeare tragedies, which is all you read in high school. I've read some of his comedies and I loved them. So why does the school system make us read the ones that, by definition, are horrifically bad?
5) Mercedes Lackey's Arrows Trilogy. I know it's sad. Normally, I really like her books but these weren't even on the level of the Dragon Jousters. Set in the same world as Take a Thief, in fact I think these were her first ever books. I guess it's not surprising they weren't her best. They're still on my list.


Cubby said...

I'm still holding out hope that Snape will turn out OK.

Breezey375 said...

Wow! I'm glad I'm not the only one...