After winter break, I filed into English class and immediately received a syllabus that included a list of books for outside reading. The list included both fiction and nonfiction literature, with mostly books that are considered to be classics. Usually, the books I am required to read for school are similar to this list. They are novels that were written before or during the early 1900s by authors considered to be literary icons. Although well-respected and famous, required school reads are not usually popular among students, as they are sometimes hard to understand or cover topics that are not very modern. Therefore, when students choose books to read on their own time, they do not often pick ones that are found on required reading lists.
I, however, tend to enjoy the books that I read in school. While some of them would not be my first choice, I almost always like the books that I read for a class. For example, I read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens for English II my freshman year. At first, the writing was hard to understand simply because I was not used to the words, phrases, or sentence structure that Dickens used to tell his story. I worked through my occasional confusion and boredom, and the more I read the novel, the more I liked it. At the end of the book, not only had I completed my school assignment, but I had also discovered a work of literature that I thoroughly enjoyed; I now consider A Tale of Two Cities to be one of my favorite books.