Back to School Blogger Challenge Assingment Shett

Day 7: What is the most inspiring books you’ve read that have {been} assigned to you?

Inspiring doesn’t necessarily mean best books, I’m taking this assignment for face value – a book that “inspired” me to think differently about a certain subject, or inspired me to “do” something.

The Top Six Most Inspiring Books I’ve been Assigned to Read:

Best Books I've Been Assigned to Read1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Dystopian before I knew the term dystopian exisited…Alsous Huxley’s view of a utopian future literally rocked my world. It was the first book in which I could really appreciate the subtle art of satire, that makes you think, along with entertain. Instead of reading about the past, in great classics forced upon me before, I finally got to read a science fiction novel – and it scared me. This was  a future that I didn’t want to happen – freaky for my teenage brain. Rereading it as an adult, I got even more out of it, especially you go into the political and economic ramification that Huxley wrote into the story and the fact that you can see this future happening. The fact that it was written in 1932 blows my mind.

Best Books I've Been Assigned to Read2. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks as Anonymous

I read this book when I thought it REALLY was a diary from a young drug user. It changed my whole perspective about drugs or any perception of them being mysterious. I wasn’t going anywhere near the stuff. At the time. I think the same teacher also pushed Jay’s Journal on us, another novel attributed to Sparks. They were truly scary when I read these at a young age. Until my naiveté was shed and I found out that it was written by some elderly Mormon lady. These books while scared me about drugs and Satan, later also taught me not to believe everything I read.

Best Books I've Been Assigned to Read3. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Want to make a kid think about their own death – and realize that yup, you can die and you can die ridiculously and horribly? Well…then give them Lord of the Flies.

Best Books I've Been Assigned to Read4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game was one of those books that teach you how to think. It sounds like a weird description, but the way Ender processed the world shed some light on how I could process the world. The whole basis of this novel was that poor Ender got to know his enemies so well that he loved them and by loving them he understood how to defeat them. It was an intense read for a young Rachel. It also led me to appreciate strategy and team work, especially since I hadn’t really been a “team” type of girl in my youth. Yep, that was me deep in right field, picking flowers.

Best Books I've Been Assigned to Read5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

If any book taught me to appreciate my pampered life, it was Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I cried my eyes out reading this book and I learned a few things along the way. I mean, how else would I have learned that you can trap a raccoon with some nails and a piece of shiny foil?  I do believe that Where the Red Fern Grows also taught me that you can really love a book that isn’t about

 

Best Books I've Been Assigned to Read6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

It really was a tie between THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES and 451. I had to read both books in my 9th grade reading class.  I might have been too immature to really appreciate Fahrenheit 451 for what it truly means, but I understood the gist of what Bradbury was saying – that we should cherish books and the written word. That at any point that freedom can be taken away from us and we shouldn’t allow anyone, even ourselves to censor. It made me think and wonder if there was anything in life that would make me risk life or limb for. Bradbury’s books also pushed me more toward science fiction books, because I learned to enjoy the subtle nuances of future worlds, even though a lot of the times I didn’t get the meaning behind the stories. But, later on in life, I can still think back on the books and translate them as I matured – because they stick with you.

What books inspired you that you had to read for school?