We had to have the talk about how soon she will have to read more for assignments and less for fun. I am privately mourning this transition for her, but I too went through it and came out the other side still an avid reader. I figure being honest with her about the "have to" reads while still encouraging reading for fun as a recreational option will lessen the pain in the years to come.
While trying to put a good face on the entire situation, I shared with her tales the books I would have never read without having them assigned-- books I still count as among the favorites I have ever read.
After talking to her about those books I still remember fondly, I realized it would make a great Monday Discussion. We did a version of this a few years ago, but I thought it would be worth revisiting it. So here are the books I mentioned to her:
- The Lord of the Flies
- Moby Dick
- The Bluest Eye
- Crime and Punishment
- The Master and Margarita (still an all time favorite)
For the record, I have a much longer list of books I wish I had never even opened, but had to read for school. I'm looking at you Jude the Obscure. Yuck! Still to this day, the worst book I ever read. No contest.
Now it's your turn. Tell me the books you hold dear in your heart, books you never would have read except for the fact that you were "forced to." And if you need to vent [as I obviously did], throw in a stinker or two. But more loves than hates here; in the spirit of encouraging my daughter.
For past Monday Discussions click here.
Postscript: In case you were wondering, she did finish the book in the week she scheduled herself to read it, and has answered the short response question already. School doesn't begin for 4 weeks from tomorrow, so thankfully she will still have time to read a few more books for pure pleasure before sixth grade begins.