TTT | Books I’d Gladly Throw into the Ocean

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

Today’s topic is on books that I’d gladly would throw into the ocean, and we all know I’ll have tons of fun with this topic.

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Truly, anything by Mark Twain I would happily throw into the ocean but at the top of that list is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It’s boring and racist (and don’t come at me with that “it was the time period” bullshit)!
  2. Breaking Dawn – Obviously the whole series could be included with this, but I would have to have this one specifically to throw. I mean the honeymoon chapters, the vampire baby, that graphic labor scene, the anti-climatic ending, I could go on and on.
  3. Romeo and Juliet – Can we please for the love of everything holy find another Shakespeare tragedy?? Any other tragedy? I’m tired of people referencing this and mistaking this as a romance. IT IS NOT A ROMANCE!
  4. The Scarlet Letter – Girl meets boy, girls gets pregnant, boy doesn’t take responsibility, town blames the girl for everything, girl dies, town realizes they were wrong, the end. There, now you don’t have to read it.
  5. The Great Gatsby – A book about a middle-class man, who is obsessed with a rich man, and said rich man cannot get the girl that he is obsessed with. Everyone is horrible in this book, so can we please find another book that goes through the American Experience besides that of rich white men.
  6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I mean yes it was a play but still. Overboard, it goes!! I absolutely hate what the screen writers did to these characters, although the woman who shall not be named is not doing well on this front either lately.
  7. Shadow and Bone – I’m probably alone in this thought process, and I know I’ll probably get a lot of disagreement on this in the comments. However, I just thought this was another fantasy young adult book that offered nothing really new in the genre. Although when I read it I was pretty burned out on YA Fantasy.
  8. All the Pretty Horses – There were horses, this took place in Texas, specifically on the border, and I think that is all I remember about this book.
  9. The Ball and the Cross – I truly still do not understand this book to this day. If anyone can let me know about it….actually, nope never mind, I really do not care.
  10. Red Hood – I mean the anti-transgender motifs throughout the book were unsettling to me. Plus, I was hoping this book would be about the girls turning into wolves not the other way around.

Happy (Not) Reading Lovelies!

TTT | Books I’d Remove from Teaching Lists

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly topic hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week she provide a topic and you are free to use that topic and/or variations of that topic to make your top ten list. A full list of the weekly themes can be found here.

This week’s theme is a freebie, and I am in a mood. So, I’m going with books I’d like to remove from being taught in schools. This does not mean remove them from libraries or personal collections nor do I think they should be banned. These are books that are just overdone, and I think we should give other books some time in schools instead.

The Great Gatsby – Just why are we still teaching this?

Everyone sucks! No one is a good person, someone dies, someone goes a bit mad, and others go on being horrible people. Please, can we give other 1920s books a chance?!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – I do not remember anything that happened in this book. I read it in my junior year of high school. I have a pretty great memory and..nothing. I mean the basic plot, of course, but nothing stayed with me and I think that is telling.

Also, Mark Twain is racist (please don’t comment with “it was the time period” I really don’t care).

The Scarlet Letter – I didn’t understand the point of this book back when I read it in school, and I still don’t today.

The Catcher in the Rye – I have not read this book. I have tried to read it I think around 4 times, maybe 3. All I can say is that I’m tired of basic white boys claiming it’s their favorite. Be a bit more original.

Romeo and Juliet – I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be taught. But for god’s sake can we chose a different tragedy for a few years. Everyone knows about Romeo and Juliet, and there are more enjoyable (if that’s the right word) tragedies (in my less than humble opinion).

Pride and Prejudice – Okay, this is weird even for me to have a Jane Austen novel on this list because I love all things Jane Austen, include Pride and Prejudice. But, I would like to see some branching out to her other novels besides just Pride and Prejudice. As with Romeo and Juliet, have some originality.

Hamlet – I don’t even care who this upsets, I don’t like Hamlet, the play or person. Just so we’re all on the same page. He’s an annoying dick head who’s being visited by his ghost father and doesn’t have the balls to kill his uncle. Come on!! Also, “To be or not to be, that is the question” is not some philosophical ideal about trying to be your better self. It’s about Hamlet not being able to decide whether to kill his uncle or not and is making fun of people who cannot make decisions. Stop. Getting. That. Quote. As. A. Tattoo.

Moby Dick – Another book I don’t remember anything about. There’s a whale. Maybe.

That’s totally what happened? Right?

A Separate Peace – This may have to do more with the surrounding events than the actual book. I’m not entirely sure. I was in regular English freshman year of high school (my middle school automatically enrolled everyone in regular English even though I specifically requested PreAP). So, for sophomore year, I enrolled in PreAP English, and I was not informed that they had summer reading. I find out on the first day of class that the next day, there is a writing assignment over A Separate Peace queue me doing this the whole night:

I should re-read it. I probably won’t cause I’m still a bit bitter and anxiety ridden about it.

Lolita – THIS. IS. NOT. A. ROMANCE. STOP IT!! This is a pedophile, child molester, monster. Why are we still teaching this? As with most literature, I try to understand, and most of the time can, why something is a classic or assigned to read. But this one? It boggles my mind why it’s still read/assigned.

Let me know yours in the comments! Happy…not reading, Lovelies!