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English class books -- do you read it?

WaterTastesGoodWaterTastesGood Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
edited November 2012 in High School Life
Do you read the books you are assigned in English class, or do you read book summaries online?
I use to do all my readings. But then I figured out that half my classmates never opened the book. Is there something to be gained by reading the actual text versus just finding out what happens via online summaries? What do you think?
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Replies to: English class books -- do you read it?

  • elf4EVAelf4EVA Registered User Posts: 1,592 Senior Member
    I usually read the chapter(s) assigned and then Sparknote it to see if I missed anything important. I definitely read a lot more carefully this year b/c my teacher gives a lot of pop quizzes, which he grades pretty harshly. For me, if I just read the Sparknotes and not the book, I find it more difficult to remember what happened. Plus there might be something significant in the book that Sparknotes left out for some reason...
  • preamble1776preamble1776 Registered User Posts: 4,731 Senior Member
    I never touched any of my books last year in English 10 Honors - I left A Tale Of Two Cities in my locker for months, and somehow pulled off a 97 on the essay we had on it, which I wrote solely based on what I learned in class from class discussions.

    Now I'm in AP English Lang as a Junior - so we don't read books, just articles :3 - however, I'm going to have to clean up my act next year in AP Lit. No more screwing around. LOL.
  • MutaRiSCMutaRiSC Registered User Posts: 1,248 Senior Member
    For my english class thios semester, I didn't read Paradise Lost and some other texts but I did read Frankenstein. The teacher usually talks about it enough to fill me in on the important parts.
  • CE527MCE527M Registered User Posts: 4,989 Senior Member
    Wow I didn`t realize smart people actually didn`t always read the books. I always have just read them.
  • saminator910saminator910 Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    In AP English Lit this year, too much time taken up by sports and homework for my other AP and honors classes. I read the books in Ap prep 10, but back then my schedule was easier. BTW don't just use spark notes, you need to use 3 or more summaries, to fill in what the others left out. I actually do read my outside reading books though, because we have much longer to read them.
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Freshman and sophomore year I did most of the readings but there was always a book or two I did not get to due to projects/other classes, so I would just use sparknotes. This year I am making an effort to read all the books so that I am better prepared for all the standardized testing we will be dealing with, so far I have read 3/3 (6/6 if you include summer reading).
  • SerenityJadeSerenityJade Registered User Posts: 1,226 Senior Member
    Depends on the book. I read To Kill A Mockingbird before the class got to chapter 13 (we were reading in class) so I sat there for two weeks doing nothing...
  • aomameaomame Registered User Posts: 125 New Member
    I read the books. Every single one. Multiple times.

    I looked at a Sparknotes printout for a novel we read once that a friend had, and I was like "...what." Massive information overload.
  • WriterReaderWriterReader Registered User Posts: 92 Junior Member
    I always read the book, then Sparknote the book after reading the chapters assigned. I also listen to the class discussions.
  • ChipsAhoyMcCoyChipsAhoyMcCoy Registered User Posts: 38 New Member
    Yeah.. Until we started reading Heart of Darkness and Othello, Sparknotes is now my best friend.
  • halcyonheatherhalcyonheather Registered User Posts: 8,987 Senior Member
    Yeah. My teacher reads the Sparknotes for our books and makes sure to ask questions that aren't on there. They're not that bad. The class discussions are more fun if you read.
  • collegeluva101collegeluva101 Registered User Posts: 1,105 Senior Member
    That depends purely on the book.

    I read like 1/3 of Anna Karenina, 1/2 of All Quiet on the Western Front, like 5 pages of A Farewell to Arms, 1/3 of A Tale of Two Cities. Stuff like that. I usually pull of decent grades by reading Sparknotes.

    But some books I really enjoy. I read The Crucible, The Glass Menagerie, The Stranger, and a few other books. I read all 1162 pages of Atlas Shrugged, though it was not particularly enjoyable, and The Language Police, which was quite boring.
  • lldm21lldm21 Registered User Posts: 1,403 Senior Member
    I use Sparknotes only for Shakespeare and themes.
  • logicx24logicx24 Registered User Posts: 679 Member
    I honestly love reading, so I usually end up reading whatever my teacher gives me by the first week, purely because I just get so caught up in the story...and then it ends. There are exceptions though: The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) was one that I hated, and gave up halfway through. Another one was Awakening (Kate Chopin), which I dragged myself through because I thought it would have a fulfilling ending...and then it didn't. So frustrating.
  • logicx24logicx24 Registered User Posts: 679 Member
    And collegeluva101, I LOVED STRANGER. One of my favorite books I've read in high school. I loved it's theme of absurdity, I loved the way it balanced philosophical preaching with purity of story. It was a work of art; so much so, that I wrote my Columbia essay on it.
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