50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!
Today’s Topic: Best/Worst Book You Read for School
I’m going with books that I’ve read before my college career because, as an English major, I’ve had the opportunity to read some awesome novels and it would just be too hard to choose!
The Giver #1
Release date: April 26th, 1993
“Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.”
I am so, so, SO glad my fourth grade teacher had us read this. It’s become one of my favorite books of all time. I recently bought the box set of the whole quartet and it’s SO gorgeous! They also made a movie a couple of years ago and if you haven’t seen it (it’s on Netflix) you MUST! The story is simply beautiful and speaks to the fundamental elements of a meaningful human life.
This was relatively easy to pick. I was going to go with Brave New World (as I mentioned in the last 50/50 Friday, it’s one of my least favorite classics) but honestly, that was so much easier to get through because it was relatively short and sweet compared to this. And, honestly, I typically enjoyed all the books I was required to read for school (weirdly enough).
Standalone to date
Release date: June 8th, 1949
“In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.”
This is one of those books where I’m really glad I read it (and I got a lot out of it) but I would never, ever read it again. It starts off okay but once you get into the second and third part, it gets really weird for lack of a better word. With the recent political situation, it’s been enjoying a reboot and while I definitely recommend that everyone read this, it remains one of my least favorite favorites (if that makes any sense!).
Have you read either of these? What did you think of them? What are some of your favorite and least favorite books you had to read for school? Make a post and link up down below!
Next Week’s Topic: Best/Worst Book Read in March