Six for Sunday: Books I Studied at School

#SixforSunday is hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot and you can find the upcoming prompts for the second half of the year here.

The prompts for September are themed around back to school realness and today’s is books you read at school. I’ve decided to choose six books I studied during high school.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

(by Robert Louis Stevenson)

I studied this for my GCSE English Lit and remember this being the first time I really explored the idea of wider reading by borrowing books from the library and finding critical essays.


(by William Shakespeare)

I studied a few Shakespeare plays during high school (Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest) but Hamlet was my favourite to analyse for one of my A-Level English Lit exams. 

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

(by Louis de Bernières)

I was home-tutored for my A-Levels so had more leeway in choosing what books I wanted to study. My tutor recommended this and I just fell in love with the characters and the historical context.

Lyrical Ballads

(by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

The Romantic poets were another aspect of my A-Level English Lit exam. I don’t automatically ‘get’ poetry so I need multiple rereadings and analysis to get anywhere close to understanding. However, my lack of confidence ensures I’ve always studied more than required.

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry

My final unit for my A-Level was on the representation of World War One in literature. I discovered some fantastic new poets, like Isaac Rosenberg, who conveyed the wartime experience to outsiders.

All My Sons

(by Arthur Miller)

Most of the plays I’d studied before this were by Shakespeare or his contemporaries so it was a complete change to study a more modern play. This tragic tale was powerful enough to leave a lasting impression on me and I hope to see it on stage one day.

What were some of the most memorable books you studied at school (for good or bad!)?

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