It's the first day of school here in central New York... the perfect time to share a project that's been in the back of my mind for some time. What would it be like to reread some of the books assigned to me in back high school?
The seed for this idea was planted in 2012 when I reread The Old Man and the Sea on a whim... you can read that post here. Last year's reread of Flowers for Algernon turned out to be a highlight of my reading year. That made me wonder, once again, about other high school books I may not have fully understood or appreciated as a teenager. And naturally, a list was made.
High School Books I'd Like to Reread
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I reread this every decade.
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I enjoyed it more than Gatsby back in the day. Would that still be the case?
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck is a favorite. I've reread many of his books over the years, but never this one.
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
A favorite from high school, but would likely have more of an impact now.
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Not a favorite at the time...
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
I have little memory of this book beyond liking it. Recent visits to Asheville, NC have made me curious.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I actively disliked this in 10th grade. Maybe it's time to give it another try?
1984 by George Orwell
A reread is even more urgent given today's political climate.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Another book I was just lukewarm on decades ago, but may appreciate more as an adult.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
I've wanted to reread this for years and probably should have put it at the top of the list.
This list is a starting point. I'm not imposing any special parameters or deadlines and, since my high school years were so long ago, I can also add these titles to my Classics Club list! Have you ever revisited any of your high school reading assignments?