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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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Day 10 of #requiredreadingredo I am so sad that it is the last day, but I am so happy to promote this book! Number the Stars was not a required book for me, but I have read it so many times and it is one of my all time favorite books! When I read it I feel the joy, fear, sadness, etc. of the characters going through the events. I feel that everyone should read this book.

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@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

Ke633 One of my absolute favorite books! 2y
ErinSueMreads I completely forgot about this! I need to do a reread on it! I think this might have been one of the only RRs that I finished! 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG I was just thinking that I want to reread it again. I just keep adding more and more books to my list! 2y
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ErinSueMreads @AsYouWish @WhiskeyMistress and I are toying with a banned book challenge next.... 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG That sounds awesome!!!! There are so many books I have read or want to read that I didn't realize were banned. 2y
ErinSueMreads Nice! I think we are looking to expand. Maybe one banned book a month. We could do a buddy read type of thing maybe..... @WhiskeyMistress 2y
ElishaLovesBooks This is an excellent book!!! I also love teaching it! 2y
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Tables and Desks | Time-Life Books
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Day 9 of #requiredreadingredo I don't think I really ever had to sneak books, but if I ever did, these desks were my best friend! A great way to put your work or other reading on top of the desk and have a book open on your lap or leaned into the desk. Or a great place to have a stash of books!

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@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

WhatThePuck This is how I did it! 🤣🤣🤣 2y
BooknerdsLife Same here 😂🙌 2y
AsYouWish @BooknerdsLife I had sort of forgotten about this method until I saw a couple of my students doing that very thing this year! I just told them to make sure they got their work done too!! 2y
BooknerdsLife @AsYouWish haha 🤣🤣 You're such a good teacher 😊 My teacher did the same too & recommended another book for me 😆 2y
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I don't think I ever used Cliff Notes for my required reading, but I did have to use books like this to get me through math!!! (It didn't work, I am still horrible at math!)

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@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads Me too! I‘m awful! And I work in accounting....luckily I‘m just a well paid computer user😂😂😂 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG Oh my, that is funny! Well as a teacher, I get to relearn and in some cases redo all those wonderful math lessons all over again! Thank goodness it is elementary or I would be in trouble!!!! 2y
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Day Eight! Post a picture and tag us with the one book that the Clif Notes saved your day on! Mine is the secret Life Of Bees. I still haven‘t read it but it‘s on my #mounttbr #requiredreadingredo #julyphotochallenge #dayeight 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

mabell I haven't read this one either. I come across it fairly often secondhand, but I still haven't picked up a copy. 2y
Crewgurl I‘ve never read Clifnotes!!! 2y
ErinSueMreads Omg @Crewgurl no way!! Did you ever take a test and just wing it then??? 2y
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ErinSueMreads @mabell me too! I need to go goodwill book shopping and find animal farm, 1984, secret life of bees, and the Scarlett letter. They are all stuck in my head after this challenge 2y
Crewgurl Nope, total nerd, always ended up reading it. Usually just bingeing the night before the test because I had much better things to read!!! 2y
Crazeedi Never used them 2y
wanderinglynn 🤔 I can‘t remember ever using Cliff Notes. 2y
Lauram I can‘t remember what book I used them for, but I remember it was an extra credit project. 🤓 2y
TiffanyLynn Anything Shakespeare. I‘m not proud of it, but ClifNotes helped me through English Lit in college. 2y
rubyslippersreads I never used ClifNotes, though if they‘d had them for math, I definitely would have. 😂 2y
BooknerdsLife All the Shakespeare 😆 2y
mariaku21 Cliff notes saved my life for Moby Dick and Great Expectations in High School. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks This is a hard one!😀 2y
bullbunny Honestly I never used them XD 2y
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Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times | Raymond T. McNally, Radu R Florescu
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Day 7 of #requiredreadingredo I don't remember reading another book in place of my required reading. However, there is a book I stopped reading, flashback to Hatchet, & I know that I was working on my senior thesis paper at that time. So I was reading this & other books like it at that time. Which is really funny considering my reason for not finishing Hatchet, (see comments of that post)!
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@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads Seriously! I forgot about your hatchet post 😂😂😂 that one was popular hhahaha 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG Yep! Hatchet was not my thing and just stating for the record, this book also had some of the same effect but unfortunately when you are writing a 30 page thesis paper on good ole Vlad, you can't skip over or stop reading the gross parts! 2y
ErinSueMreads Hatchet to clad was a big jump hahahahha 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG As strange as it sounds that was my life as an elementary education and history major! I did get to read a lot of kids books about vampires though, so that was cool! 2y
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Day seven! Today‘s prompt is weirdly specific. We are enjoying challenging you. I remember a very specific time when we were supposed to be reading Island of the Blue Dolphins in class, out loud. I was reading Harry Potter. I‘ll share how I got away with it in two day! What book were you reading instead of your RR? We want to know the book and the RR! #requiredreadingredo #julyphotochallenge #dayseven #badstudent

UnidragonFrag Island of the Blue Dolphin is weird haha .. interesting question though. I'll have to think about it. I know I read HP during RR time for several years when it first came out, but you already used that. So. Hm. 2y
ErinSueMreads You can reuse! Hahah @UnidragonFrag 2y
UnidragonFrag I may if I can't think of anything else specific, but I'm very sure there's something else as I was already constantly reading, especially in middle school where I remember having way more required reading books. 2y
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WhiskeyMistress Ugh I didn‘t like Island of the Blue Dolphins... but I can‘t remember why now 2y
ErinSueMreads I never actually read it so I wouldn‘t know 😂😂😂😂😂 @WhiskeyMistress @UnidragonFrag 2y
CSeydel Now I feel old. I was in grad school when the first Harry Potter book came out. 2y
wanderinglynn @CSeydel I was too. I was a senior in college. 2y
wanderinglynn My required reading was so long ago & I read so much, I can‘t remember. 😂😂😂 2y
bullbunny I always read ahead the book we were reading for class, I had to keep a finger mark where everyone else was 2y
BooknerdsLife Haha my RR was so long ago I can't remember what I read instead 😂😂 but I did enjoy some of them 😆🙈 2y
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Peyton Place | Grace Metalious
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Day 6 of #requiredreadingredo I don't think I was ever banned by my parents from reading a book, which is awesome! So I am going with a book that my grandma told me was seriously banned when she was growing up. After reading it, I totally understand why. A lot was going on in Peyton Place!
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@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads This one has come up so many times!! I feel like if you add a small New England town to anything it‘s going to instantly be banned 😂😂😂 (edited) 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG I agree and I also think that besides the big things in the book that no one want to think or talk about, it also shows strong female characters that don't really rely on the male characters. At the time this was written those were probably scary thoughts for a lot of people. 2y
ErinSueMreads @WhiskeyMistress and I have been yelling about context and timing for a couple weeks now!!! It‘s all about when things are released and where! If someone applies today‘s morals to a book released in 1956 it will have a completely different effect! Especially where women and race are involved. These kind of books become timeless because of that I think. 2y
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AsYouWish @ErinSueG I completely agree. Because sadly a lot of the issue addressed in Peyton Place and other books like it are still very relevant today, while other issues no one would find odd at all. 2y
ErinSueMreads I think it‘s also arguable that some of them are more relevant now than they even were when written! Especially those written well before their time. 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG I agree. I think that is why so many books get banned from schools and libraries, because personally I believe books have power. Power to give strength, power to give ideas, power to dream and power to change things. Books like these address issues that need to be talk about then and now. Because sadly some things have not changed since the writing of these books. 2y
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Day Six! @WhiskeyMistress and I were both raised by very interesting parents. Because of this we both spent a lot of time sneaking books! What NSFP or banned in school book did you read as a kid? I was reading Anne Rice in sixth grade and hiding it under my mattress every night. I used to hide it behind a giant book of Black Beauty so if they came in to check on me they wouldn‘t see. #requiredreadingredo #julyphotochallenge #bannedbook #daysix

Craftylikefox I was reading Anne Rice around that time too! My parents never checked on my reading. I think they thought, that if it was book how bad could it be. They had no idea! 2y
ErinSueMreads @craftylikefox which is exactly how all of our generations ended up in love with vampires and werewolves 😂😂😂😂 2y
Daisey I was lucky to have parents who did not limit my reading. I never felt the need to hide what I read, and my dad would often pick up my book and skim through it. He was raised by a nurse and was always very straightforward, so the only thing I specifically remember is a few conversations about his views when I first read the sex scenes in the Earth‘s Children series. 2y
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ErinSueMreads @Daisey that‘s fantastic! That seems like a much healthier way to approach it. 2y
Crewgurl My mom always had a hard time with age appropriate. She took me to see Pretty Woman in the theaters when it came out, I think I was 7, lol. Oh and Les Miz on Broadway at 7 and Miss Saigon on Broadway at 8. So I basically got to read anything I wanted, which was great 😊 2y
Lauram My parents never paid attention to what I was reading. A friend‘s mom once called to express concern about Flowers in the Attic (it was going around my peer group), but I was interested in reading that particular book. 2y
ErinSueMreads @Crewgurl miss Saigon! 😂😂😂 oh mom..... 2y
Crewgurl Yep. Miss Saigon...lol. That was quite eye opening. Nothing like war torn countries, pregnancy, prostitutes, and suicide when you‘re 8. 2y
inthegreensandblues I remember checking out a paperback from the library when I was in elementary school... It was a YA novel but I think it had the word sex in the title so I was afraid my parents would object. So I made my own paper cover to put over it. 😂 2y
ErinSueMreads @inthegreensandblues 😂😂😂😂😂😂 we all were damn clever as children. I used the book covers from my textbooks a time or two for sure! 2y
UnidragonFrag Haha.. I never had to hide what I read. Between my mom, who's a complete bookworm herself, and my dad, who just never really around/inattentive, I read Anne Rice (all of them starting in middle school), innumerable not age appropriate horrors, and some erotica. Which is funny because I don't like reading erotica now, but I was definitely into it as a preteen lol 2y
ErinSueMreads @UnidragonFrag when I got my first laptop that was all my own at 16 I had literotica.com bookmarked 😂😂😂 2y
UnidragonFrag 😂😂 I learned for heavily on fanfic erotica, but I have heard of that site! 2y
ErinSueMreads @UnidragonFrag oh god you are triggering my teenage self. Fanfic erotica was also well loved 😂😂 #noshame 😂😂😂 2y
ErinSueMreads @unidragonfrag I regularly peer pressure @WhiskeyMistress into writing good smut still actually.... 😂😂😂😂 2y
AshleyHoss820 Hahahaha!! I love this story! And Anne Rice is my jam! 2y
UnidragonFrag Lol.. I haven't written any in soooo long. I used to exclusively write fanfic! 2y
ErinSueMreads @UnidragonFrag awwwww the good old days.... 2y
UnidragonFrag Haha.. yeah :) 2y
mabell Such a rebel! 😂😂 2y
ErinSueMreads @mabell 😂😂😂😂😈😈😈 2y
Meaw_catlady Have you read The Mummy by Anne Rice? That one is my favorite 2y
ErinSueMreads I haven‘t read that one yet. I‘ve only ever read the vampire ones. You just finished that one didn‘t you? @Meaw_catlady 2y
Meaw_catlady @ErinSueG yes and it fulfills all my weird mummy fantasies? (edited) 2y
BooknerdsLife Love the movie but still haven't read the book 🙈🙈 2y
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I was required to read Matilda by Roald Dahl and I really liked it, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will always have my heart! I actually reread this a couple months ago, a week later one of the students in my classroom checked it out from the library because she saw me reading it!

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@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads Oh I love Matilda! And the BFG! I haven‘t ever read this one somehow...I‘ll have to add it to #mounttbr 2y
AsYouWish @ErinSueG I have never read BFG, I may have to add it to my list. I also love Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. 2y
WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG @AsYouWish, Roald Dahl was actually on my mothers “banned books” list, but I still read pretty much everything he wrote! ❤️ 2y
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ErinSueMreads I‘m not at all surprised! Bad children!! Silly Terri . I ended up just skipping over most of the age appropriate material for that age 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ @WhiskeyMistress @AsYouWish 2y
AsYouWish @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG My teacher read James and the Giant Peach to us when I was in fourth grade, but I don't think I personally read any of his books until college. I love his books, but I understand a little bit about why his books are banned in some schools. (edited) 2y
UnidragonFrag It's sad to me that I've seen so many Dahl movie adaptions but haven't read a single one of his books. Need to remedy this asap. 😅 2y
KristinaRay Charlie and the chocolate factory is my favorite by Ronald Dahl. 2y
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Today is day five! What is another book by a required reading author that you love?? I chose a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It is called The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. That one will stick with you and even though it‘s wildly depressing it‘s my favorite 😂😂😂 #requiredreadingredo #dayfive #julyphotochallenge don‘t forget to tag @WhiskeyMistress and myself in your post so we see it and can chat with you!

CSeydel In case anyone else wants to read it, I found it here: http://www.english.unt.edu/~simpkins/Macomber.pdf 2y
ErinSueMreads Good find! What did you think @CSeydel 2y
CSeydel Very powerful! Wow. Thank you for recommending it. Hemingway really is a hell of a writer. 2y
ErinSueMreads Isn‘t it though? I found it in middle school and was equal parts horrified and enchanted. It has stuck with me ever since. @cseydel he is one of my favorite writers. A farewell to arms just tears me apart 2y
AshleyHoss820 I think depressing is just Hemingway‘s style. A Farewell to Arms is one of my favorites, too! 2y
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