A few of the books I studied at School (1994 – 2008) – Friday Musings inspired by Six For Sunday

Welcome to my Friday Musings Post! This is where every week I will scour the Blogosphere and find past meme questions and incorporate them into a current post (linking back to the blog who set the meme).

This week I have chosen:

Six For Sunday hosted by A Little But A Lot

On 26 September 2021 the prompt was Books You Studied In School. I remember studying quite a few books so we shall see which ones are the most memorable!

One of the earliest ones I remember studying (or reading as a class) was Thief! By Malorie Blackman (click for link to Goodreads). I would have been about 7 years old.

Book Description From Goodreads:

“You’re the new girl in school. You’re just trying to fit in – and it’s not working. Then someone accuses you of theft, and you think things can’t get any worse. Until you get caught in a freak storm . . .

The next thing you know, you’re in the future. Being shot at for being out after curfew. You don’t even recognise your hometown. And you’re heading for a confrontation from your worst nightmare.

What if you could change the past to save the future?”

Next we come to a couple of books that I read in class when I was about 8:

Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Mr Majeika is the most magical teacher around!

As a rule, magic carpets don’t turn up in schools, but this is exactly what happens when Class Three’s new teacher flies in through the classroom window and lands on the floor with a bump.

Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but something has to be done about Hamish Bigmore, the class nuisance, and so he uses a little magic to turn him into a frog. And to everyone’s delight it looks as if Hamish will have to remain a frog because Mr Majeika can’t remember the spell to turn him back again! With Mr Majeika in charge, suddenly life at school become much more exciting – there’s even a magic-carpet ride to Buckingham Palace!”

Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson

Book Description From Goodreads:

“When his dad decides to send him on an adventure holiday, poor Tim–who is more suited to armchair pursuits–realises that this could well turn out to be the very worst time of his entire life. Little does he know quite how bad things will get, especially when he is forced to bunk-in with the hideous, arrogant and bullying Giles. But as the holiday progresses he finds himself quite enjoying its challenges. Even abseiling–once he is safely back at the bottom of the cliff–doesn’t seem so bad.”

I am now going to skip a few years (because no other books immediately come to mind!) to some of the books that I read in Secondary School so from 11-16 years old (I left school at 18 years old, but as I didn’t study English past GCSE I have only put to 16).

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child” and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, “as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print.” The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.”

Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“I got you to look after me, and you got me to look after you, and that’s
why.”

They are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation. Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. But George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own.

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing ‘Of Mice and Men’ (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual’s existence meaningful.

A unique perspective on life’s hardships, this story has achieved the status of timeless classic due to its remarkable success as a novel, a Broadway play, and three acclaimed films.”

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“One of Shakespeare’s most popular and accessible plays, Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers and the unhappy fate that befell them as a result of a long and bitter feud between their families. The play contains some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful and lyrical love poetry and is perhaps the finest celebration of the joys of young love ever written. This inexpensive edition includes the complete, unabridged text with explanatory footnotes. Ideal for classroom use, it is a wonderful addition to the home library of anyone wanting to savor one of literature’s most sublime paeans to love.”

What are some of the books that you studied at school?

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