Wednesday, September 5, 2012

RTW #146: Favorite Required Reading

Road Trip Wednesday  is a weekly even hosted by YA Highway!  Click here to join in! 

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

Since it's "YA" Highway, I have an inkling that this is supposed to refer to highschool.  I'm going to have to go with Shakespeare (meaning, in my high school experience, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet).  I liked Shakespeare, and even if I didn't really know why at that point, I think I knew he was worth liking.  In any case, Shakespeare's plays were a lovely respite from the miserable stuff they kept raining down on us.  (See this earlier RTW post if you're wondering where that comment's coming from...)

Shakespeare cookies, found in a giftshop in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Tyler-Rose and I didn't buy any, but they sure looked good.
And is it just me, or does he appear to be sleeping?

As far as college goes, I absolutely cannot pick a favorite book I've been assigned.  Probably because my professors are so brilliant and good at their job.  ( might still be Shakespeare, now that I've studied more of him.  Figures.)

In other news, our Summer Blog-Epic is wrapping up!  Check out the Blog-Epic tab above or click here to see Tyler-Rose's latest addition!  (Will Marianne save the cave-dwelling rebels?  Will her brother gain night-vision?  Will their dragon be cured of the Flake?  I don't even know, and I'm writing the next installment...)


  1. I've definitely not read as much Shakespeare as I should. Though Shakespeare really is written to be performed, not read. But that doesn't mean you can't appreciate him from the written page. We studied a couple of his plays in school, but I really need to read more, especially now that I think I'd appreciate him better.

    1. My favorite and most illuminating experiences with Shakespeare BY FAR have been 1) seeing Hamlet, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing performed in England, and 2) performing some of his work myself.

  2. ahhhh Shakespeare. :d I highly enjoyed 'Othello' which I read in Sophomore year I believe. ^.^

  3. I took a class I think on Shakespeare, but it was only his poetry. I read Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet in other classes. I do love a decent challenger when I read, especially for academic purposes, and Shakespeare was definitely a challenge!

  4. Yay for Shakespeare! I was lucky enough to have one teacher who went into the history and all the popular sayings we get from him and another teacher who pointed out all the bawdy parts;)

  5. Ah yes. We did a lot of Shakespeare in high school - loved it all!

  6. i loved Shakespeare too. when i went to UK i saw Stratford-Upon-Avon and bought a souvenier teaspoon cos it seemed appropriate.