Episode 55: The Top Thirty Best Books You Should Read In High School

It could very easily say “The top thirty best books you should have read in high school.”

We did an episode, nearly a year ago, about the worst books we were forced to read. We thought it was time to do the opposite, and we grabbed high school English teacher (and Dan’s former roommate) Brian Ellingsford to join us. His nickname is “The Lovebasket”, but we never explained why in the show. Too bad, because we shared some awesome stories about tamales.

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7 Responses to “Episode 55: The Top Thirty Best Books You Should Read In High School”

  1. admin says:

    This is also our longest episode so far. Don’t worry, it won’t happen again.

  2. Brent says:

    http://larrycorreia.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/correia-on-the-classics/
    I didn’t spend hours on the bus each day, but I did spend similar amounts of time waiting to be picked up from school. I read War of the Worlds, Lord of the Flies, and many of these while being otherwise very bored in a seventh grade English class taught by a teacher who hovered on the verge of being drunk in class most days and thought he could hide it with breath mints. He just ended up smelling like a minty wino most of the time and taught English just about that well. Fortunately for me, I had earlier befriended the librarians of not only the school library but also the county public library and they let me read everything I could reach on the shelves. Larry Corriea is now near the top of my reading list for entertaining blog posts after someone linked the above on Baen’s bar. It fits fairly well with this weeks podcast and I thought I had to share it with you. Now I must be off to purchase more Wells brothers novels!

    • Nathan O. says:

      Honestly, if they were all this long, I wouldn’t complain one whit.
      Also, as a 18 year old recent graduate who was homeschooled all his life… This podcast is insanely helpful in actually understanding the last 20 years of the world, so thanks!

      Also, this is one of them that I totally actually had read well over half of the stuff on here! So yeah. HAppy day!

      Also also, The Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini is another excellent book that *I* read in high school! You should totally read it. It’s like one of the bet books I’ve ever read. Also, MACBETH!! :D

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  3. Annette says:

    Clearly, Brian is the only person on the podcast with taste this time around; The Grapes of Wrath is EXCELLENT and deserves the #1 spot. For shame, Wells brothers! :)

    Granted, I hated Steinbeck in high school and would have hated GofW then too. But I read him as an adult and admire his work now.

    Glad none of you included Faulkner, so I don’t have to unsubscribe or anything. That man was arrogant and long-winded. He could write decently when he didn’t let his ego in the way. So A Rose for Emily is fantastic, while The Sound and the Fury is an idiotic mess because he decided to be a show-off instead of telling the story in the most powerful way possible.

    *hopping off my English-major soap box*

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