TGIF is a weekly feature hosted by Ginger of GReads, where she proposes a question to which we reply on our blogs! I've been reading responses all these weeks and finally decided to participate myself, after I created my own book blog! :)
Apart from classics, I was hooked to the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene and Famous Five and Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton.
2. The Artemis Fowl series (Eoin Colfer). Imaginative, deals with non-human creatures and a teen genius! I guess kids would enjoy that, since it's the imaginative world we usually like the most (at least I do!).
This week's question is: "Required Reading: Which book from your school days do you remember reading and enjoying? Is there a book published now that you'd like to see in today's curriculum for kids?"
I'm definitely sure my response would be very different from other bloggers. Why? Because in my school (and in my city, for that matter), reading books was NOT compulsory! The novels, I mean. And it's pathetic, I know. I guess they've started with it now, but it's books like 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen and 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, which anyway are not full versions when given to the kids to read and are too uninteresting to keep them hooked. That's totally wrong.
Anyway, I'm glad and truly thankful to my wonderful Mom, who's a primary school teacher and always got loads of books for me to read, ever since I was tiny! Hence, I picked up books from the library on my own and thinking back to that time, I guess I loved reading 'Oliver Twist' and 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens and 'The Secret Garden' by F.H. Burnett (I was a classics fan back then! I mean I still like them, but that was different. Like there's a time when you like something A LOT).!
I believe reading is the strongest tool to self-discipline and in understanding situations from different viewpoints. I wish this art be accepted and embraced by school kids worldwide, especially in countries where it's not focused on. I would suggest these books for school children, since they would be interesting and even if they're forced to read, they wouldn't regret it!
1. The Secret Garden (F.H. Burnett), simply because of its purity and depth of meaning about trials and tribulations and love and innocence.
3. The Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling). Though I think compulsory or not, kids would anyway love to read it, but still. There are kids who love the HP movies, but wouldn't ever read the books. They ought to know how different and more beautiful it actually is! And I'm pretty sure many will begin their love for novels with this series! :)
I think 'The Star of Kazan' by Eva Ibbotson would be a good read too (for young teens)! I greatly enjoyed that one!
There's a quote by Elizabeth Scott that I totally love and I hope and wish that school students too, develop this feeling. :)