I was so very fortunate to have amazing teachers who helped shape my love of reading on top of all the bookworms in my family. I would read pretty much anything I could get my hands on, except for Crime and Punishment. I admit it! I read the CliffsNotes and I still feel totally guilty about this fifteen years later. If I had a time turner I would go back and read the damn book…and redo a bunch of other stuff. (Gosh, I really am an Albus Potter.)
The books below are the ones I’m so very grateful I was “forced” to read in school. They’re the books that showed me new worlds, tugged on my boundaries, and a few of the reasons why I would go on to study literature in college.
Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy