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Which was your least favorite required read in high school/college?

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  593 votes, 21.0%

 
  361 votes, 12.8%

 
  304 votes, 10.8%

 
  301 votes, 10.7%

 
  227 votes, 8.1%

 
  221 votes, 7.8%

 
  216 votes, 7.7%

 
  175 votes, 6.2%

 
  173 votes, 6.1%

 
  157 votes, 5.6%

 
  91 votes, 3.2%


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Comments (showing 101-150 of 522) (522 new)


message 101: by Ali (new)

Ali A tie between Jane Eyre and Of Mice and Men. I despise both, even after all these years I can't help but curl my lip in disgust. I still want back the hours of my life I spent reading about and then writing about these "great" works of fiction.


message 102: by Vicki (new)

Vicki A Farewell to Arms was by far, hands down, my LEAST favorite book I ever had to read for school. And I had to read it twice--once, junior year of high school, and again, freshman year of college. If not for the second time, my answer probably would have been Othello.


message 103: by Erin (new)

Erin Crime and Punishment. Hated it.

I should probably give it another go as an adult, but I have such vivid memories of hating it as a teen.


message 104: by Anfisa (new)

Anfisa The Old Man and the Sea


message 105: by Lisa (last edited May 25, 2009 04:21PM) (new)

Lisa Though I voted for Great Gatsby, it's close second would be Romeo and Juliet. Dont' get me wrong, its a great piece of work, but SOOOO depressing and overly dramatic. When you are a teenager reading about teenagers dieing for love, it makes you want to roll your eyes quite a bit.


message 106: by Alexia561 (new)

Alexia561 The Grapes of Wrath. Thank goodness for Cliffs Notes!


message 107: by yookie (new)

yookie "Just don't take any classes where you have to read Beowulf" - why didn't I listen to Alvy?


message 108: by Purple (new)

Purple 'A Kestrel for a Knave', so I had to choose 'other'.

If I had read 'The Catcher in the Rye' at school I wouldn't be here to vote because I would never have picked up another book ever again. Awful book, you poor, poor 7.6%.


message 109: by Stacie (new)

Stacie July's People by Nadine Gordimer. Shudders.


message 110: by amy (new)

amy red badge of courage&oliver twist
but to be honest.
i didnt read a single required book all the way through during the 8 years of middle&high school.


message 111: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Great Expectations---and I actually read it TWICE.
The Jungle also---I was expecting an aweseome, gruesome story about slaughterhouses, and it started out that way, but then it went on and on and on and on and on and on.


message 112: by Cassy (new)

Cassy Kennedy Sir Ivanhoe. I never made it past the first page and still got a 'C' on the test. go figure.


message 113: by Nozomi (new)

Nozomi I've never read any of those listed except Animal Farm and I loved that book.


message 114: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie Joby (New Windmill) by Stan Barstow

Joby by Stan Barstow.


message 115: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Death be not Proud and The Jungle..both made me want to poke my eyes out. I cringe when students tell me that is what they will be reading...


message 116: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia Johathan Livingston Seagull - I could not believe that a college course would require such pap.


message 117: by Kate (last edited Jun 15, 2009 11:40AM) (new)

Kate Hardy I hate The Scarlet Letter more than any book I've ever read, apart from the Twilight series.

I read it of my own accord and then found out we had to study it senior year. Thank goodness we're also studying A Tale of Two Cities and Jane Eyre or I might have died on spot. At least I have those two to look forward to.

Wuthering Heights is a close second for required reading.


message 118: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Great Expectations...absolutely dreadful


readinghearts (Lyn M) My least favorite reading in High School/college was The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway. I find Hemmingway's writing to be dull and boring in general, and this book was particularly dull and boring to me.


message 120: by Ellen (new)

Ellen Taronga!!! Grr.
I think just the fact that I had to write a 1000word essay on it and two other things destroyed my liking for the book!


message 121: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Probably a tie between The Old Man and the Sea and Phèdre by Racine, in the original French.


message 122: by Stanze (new)

Stanze Barrientos Across Five Aprils


message 123: by Manon (new)

Manon Death of a Salesman, ugh.


message 124: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


message 125: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Newhouses I cannot stand The Heart of Darkness. I got about half way through it and could go NO FURTHER.


message 126: by Holly (new)

Holly Great Expectations. I didn't mind A Tale of Two Cities nearly as much. Great Expectations was so bad I couldn't finish it. And I finish almost every book I read.


message 127: by Janelle (new)

Janelle The Good Earth was my least favorite.


message 128: by Liz (new)

Liz I quite like The Great Gatsby, but Lord of the Flies was scary. Duh, I know, that's the way it's meant to be.


message 129: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Skelton Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux - I even tried to "cheat" and watch the movie instead of reading the book.... and fell asleep during that. Hated it.


message 130: by Jaena4 (new)

Jaena4 Beadling Boy, I hated hated hated A Separate Peace, but at least it was fast. I also hate Great freakin' Expectations. Ugh. But Heart of Darkness was my least favorite. Oh, except maybe Silas Marner.


message 131: by Kayleigh (new)

Kayleigh The Good Earth. Pearl Buck's writing is absolutely horrible, and she won the freaking Nobel Prize?
And don't even get me started on the racist and imperialist undertones.
Billy Budd was pretty bad too, but I read that one on my own (because I am a geek).
Actually, I enjoyed on some level (or at least understand the significance of) all of the books listed. Except Heart of Darkness--haven't read that one yet.


message 132: by Izzy (new)

Izzy I would like to add that "The Outsiders" b S.E.Hilton is one of my all time favourite books.


message 133: by Persephone (new)

Persephone The Assistant by Bernard Malmud. I actually had to type his last name into the search engine, because I had mentally blotted out his first name and the title of the book. I forced myself to read it in twenty-page intervals and to this day, can't remember a damn thing about it, except what a chore it was to read it.


message 134: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer A Separate Peace.


message 135: by Kayleigh (new)

Kayleigh Izzy wrote: "I would like to add that "The Outsiders" b S.E.Hilton is one of my all time favourite books."

Mine too!


message 136: by Morgan (new)

Morgan The House on Mango Street I enjoy my Required Reading. I haven't read a book I didn't thoroughly enjoy, except The House on Mango Street. I absolutely hated it. It even made me angry, because it was so bad. I can't even begin to name a more pointless (to me, I'm sure someone somewhere can find a point amongst all that rambling) book.


message 137: by Mark (new)

Mark Zieg To the Lighthouse. Although it's a good thing nobody actually assigned Ulysses, or that would have given it a run for its money.


message 138: by Mes (new)

Mes 'Tis pity she's a whore (by J. Ford)... i don't know what they were thinking when they picked that! Lord of the Flies and All Quiet on the Western Front were THE BEST tho.


message 139: by [deleted user] (new)

Not sure, though I remember disliking Père Goriot a lot.


message 140: by Emmie (new)

Emmie Lord of the Flies. I don't care what reviewers say about it being a classic and "protraying true human nature". It was gross and it sucked. The End.


message 141: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Isaacs Heart of Darkness and The Scarlet Letter are by far the worst books of all time. Darkness, Darkness, Darkness...Geez


message 142: by John (new)

John E Silas Mariner was BAD (so I never finished it)


message 143: by Drew (new)

Drew As I Lay Dying by Faulkner. I hated it in high school, but strangely have grown to appreciate it more now as an adult.


message 144: by David (new)

David Gitin THE EGOIST by George Meredith


message 145: by Jc11king (last edited Nov 14, 2009 09:39PM) (new)


message 146: by Katniss (new)

Katniss For me it was: Hiob by Joseph Roth.


message 147: by Nance (new)

Nance For some reason in high school I just couldn't get into reading Giants in the Earth by Ole Edvart Rolvaag. Who knows how I would relate to it being 25 years older! Maybe I'll give it a shot in 2010! Some sort of New Year's resolution to read at least five books next year that I really couldn't get into as a teenager. See if it makes a difference now!


message 148: by Bill (new)

Bill Tucker Ethan Frome. Ack!!!


message 149: by Bill (new)

Bill Tucker Dhympna wrote: "Waiting for Godot."

The bastard has yet to be punctual.




message 150: by [deleted user] (new)

The Pearl, only because The Old Man and the Sea wasn't on there. Fricking Hemingway.


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