School Books
August 31, 2009

The view from the front window of my favorite local coffee house has changed from “lazy summer” to “school’s in.” Busy students rush down the street, clutching books in their arms, hunching under the weight of their backpacks.Reading this article in the New York Times has further increased my back-to-school spirit. Allowing students to choose (some) of the books they read for English class? What a fantastic concept!Which also got me to thinking about the books I read in junior high and high school—both the ones I had to read for class, like Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird, and the ones I read on my own, like the then-scandalous Forever by Judy Blume (which had a library waiting list about a mile long).Ah, sweet nostalgia!So here’s a question to get your work week started: How about you? What books did you fall in love with when you were a student? How did they affect you or influence you?