Let’s Talk Bookish – Required Reading, punishment or blessing?

Hey guys! Welcome to another LTB post! 🙂

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussions meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books!

This week’s topic: Required Reading: A punishment or a blessing in disguise?

I can’t say I’m all the way this or that but I have to say I lean towards blessing in disguise. (But I’m not talking about textbooks in this post!)

Bear with me.

Maybe I have been lucky or maybe it’s because I love reading but I’ve never read a book for class and thought “well, this was a waste of time” after finishing it. I might not have liked it too much but most of the time I’m still glad I read the book, I don’t regret it. So I would say required reading is a blessing in disguise.

And for people who don’t have a lot of free time to read, required reading is definitely a blessing. Something they just have to do.

But I’m not talking about people who love reading only. I think that required reading can be a great thing for people who don’t like to read in their spare time, too. It forces them to try something new for one thing. It exposes them to things they might not have experienced otherwise. And they might discover something they end up loving. (I am pretty biased with my whole “reading is rarely a waste of time”-thing aren’t I).

Of course, it also depends on what books you are required to read. In English class we either read classics or new contemporary, German class was mostly classics and French was a mix (if I remember this correctly). So if all you have to read for class are textbooks, I can see why you would lean towards punishment, rather than blessing in disguise. But even with textbooks, it depends. I suppose it always depends, doesn’t it? On what books you have to read. Whether you enjoy reading at all. If the required books fit your preferences.

All I can say is that for me, personally, required reading is a blessing in disguise most of the time. Something enriching, and rewarding.

What do you think? Do you share my opinions? Do you disagree? Why? Let’s talk!

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9 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Required Reading, punishment or blessing?

  1. I’ve definitely felt like some books I had to read for class were a waste of time. The majority of them were classics, regardless of the class and I disliked nearly all of them except maybe 4 in all of them?

    Still, I’ve only recently started appreciating these few now that there’s some distance between us, so to speak. I’m even considering rereading a few. So, maybe a blessing in disguise after all?

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  2. I think how enthusiastic a teacher is about the books is another factor. For example, if it weren’t for my English teacher, who read in ridiculous yet entertaining voices and went off on hilarious rants about any aspect of the book, I would have never picked up the classics we’ve read without falling asleep. He made books from genres I wouldn’t normally read, fun. Although I still won’t willingly pick up a classic, I don’t regret reading the ones that were required for class (unless he read them to me – Mr. Rear please read to me using your silly voices!)

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  3. As an adult who has more appreciation for books now, I find myself wanting to go back and reread some of those requirements from high school. I know I read them at the time but likely trudged through. Some optional reads for in high school were The Handmaids Tale and Pride and Prejudice – I didn’t read either at the time but recently read both and loved them.

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