Thursday, June 25, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday #1


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This is my first time to participate in Feature and Follow Friday. So here it goes...

Each week a question is selected for bloggers to answer. This weeks question:
Is there a book that you were required to read in school that you actually loved? – Suggested by Natalie Hearts Books.

There actually are several. One that I was required to read was Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Here is what Goodreads says about Catcher in the Rye

Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,
"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation

This book was such a new experience for me. I was reluctant to read it. Putting it off as long as I could, I finally picked it up a few weeks before school started that year. I became engrossed in the story. So glad it was a Must Read for my Novels class. I really enjoyed it.

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42 comments:

  1. I've to admit I haven't read this book yet. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed reading it. Perhaps I'll read it someday.

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    1. Melody, thanks for stopping by. You might want to try it. A YA for when there were no YAs. ;)

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  2. Hey Paula, I remember reading this in school - its still pretty vivid in my mind, the melancholy that is Holden Caulfield, that teenage angst. So well done.

    Great pick.

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    1. Holden was a teenager in the truest sense of the word.

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  3. This was a book that was never required for me and sad to admit but I've never read it! One day....

    New Follower via Bloglovin :)

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    1. Thanks for follow. I appreciate it!

      I find myself saying 'One day' a lot. Just not enough days...

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  4. This is the first post I've visited from this blog hop that I've actually read. I didn't read it in school. I might have enjoyed it then but when I read it in my early 20s I wasn't impressed.

    New follower via Bloglovin'. Welcome to the blogging community! :)

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    1. I'm not sure how much I would like it today if I read it. It definitely left an impression of my young mind.

      Thanks for follow!

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  5. I've never read Catcher in the Rye! I've thought about picking it up on my own, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    Here's my F&F!

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    1. Tracy, your list was great. Several were must reads for me.

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  6. Welcome to the blogging world! I've never read Catcher in the Rye, but I've heard good things about it.

    New follower via RSS!

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    1. Thanks for follow! Edgar Allen Poe is one of my favs also.

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  7. I've not read this book yet but I've seen and heard tons of good things about it. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    New follower via Google +

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    1. Thanks for follow!! It made me smile!!

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  8. I have to admit this is one I skipped in school. I kind of stayed cleared of classics back then and read alot of paranormal stuff. I have wanted to read some classics lately though. This one has been recommended to me a few times. Hopefully I'll get around to it soon. Good choice! & Thanks for stopping by my feature earlier.
    New follower via Bloglovin
    -Amanda @ Hearts Reading

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    1. I probably would have stayed clear of them if I hadn't been forced. I'm so glad I read them now that I look back on it.

      Thanks for follow!

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  9. It's been so long since I have read Catcher in The Rye. Great pick! Thank you for stopping by. :)
    Following you via email

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  10. Thank Jess! Glad I found your blog.

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  11. Hi, Paula!

    Oh, I'm so glad I finally found you! The links in the FF hops Linky widget don't work. I finally clicked on your GFC icon, and "Voila"! At last I got here! Lol.

    It's great that you enjoyed this novel! I for one did not like it at all.....not my cup of tea. However, since I read it in high school, perhaps I'll like it better if I give it a second read. After all, I'm more "jaded" now! Lol.

    Thanks for commenting on my FF post, and following my blog with GFC! I'm following you back on Google + and Bloglovin'!!

    Have a GREAT weekend!! : 0

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    1. Thanks, Maria. I'm not too sure about all this "tech" stuff like widgets. Hopefully I will get it together. :)
      Thanks for follows!

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    1. It really made an impression on me then. Have not reread it. I do not usually reread books. I just feel like there are so many out there just waiting to be read.
      Lol.

      Thanks for stopping by and follow!

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  13. I liked The Catcher in the Rye too! :)
    Oh, and welcome to Feature and Follow! :)

    New follower via Google+

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    1. Glad you liked it also. Thank you for welcome and follow! Comments like this make me smile!

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  14. My favorite that I was required to read in school was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It's one of few books that I could read over and over again.

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    1. I really liked Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It was a great escape for my young mind. Thanks for visiting!

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  15. I read The Catcher in the Rye while in high school, but it was by choice rather than a required read. I liked it well enough, but didn't love it. Welcome to FF! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)

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    1. Wow! By choice...that's impressive. My choice would have been a little lighter in nature at that time in my life. So I'm glad we had it as a must read.
      Thank you for welcome!

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  16. Ohh Catcher in the Rye! I wished I had read this one in highschool
    Tash @Confessions From Romaholics

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    1. OH and I forget to add following you via Google +

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    2. You might want to pick it up now and read it. I'm honestly not sure how much I would like it now. My taste in books has changed since then.

      Thanks for visit and follow!!

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  17. I haven't read this book yet but I might read it soon! Thanks!

    Please GFC follow: http://pipersbookblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/feature-follow-8.html?m=0

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I am now a follower of Pipers Book Blog via GFC!!

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  18. Great minds really do think alike! :P It was a whole new experience of books for me too.

    Welcome to blogging!! :D I followed via Googe+!

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    1. I thought that was really neat we chose same book.

      Thanks for follow!

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  19. I honestly can't remember if I've ever read this book or if it was ever assigned for us to read.

    New follower via Google+!

    My FF: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/06/feature-follow-friday-required-reading.html

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    1. Stina, I remember several of the books but for some reason this one really stuck out to me. I think it was because main character was near my age at the time I read it.

      Thanks for follow! I will do the same.

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  20. Was this book everything you expected when you read it? It's one of those I've been putting off reading as well. New follower via Google +

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    1. I really had no idea what to expect when I started reading it. It was so different from the other assigned reads that it just really "shocked" me. Therefore, I was engrossed in it. Maybe I will reread it one day.

      Thanks for follow!

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  21. Hopping through. Welcome to FF! I read Catcher in the Rye in my 20s and really disliked it. I wonder if I'd like it better now.
    My FF

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    1. Thanks so much, Alison. I 'm not too sure I would like it now. I just remember Holden was so unlike anyone I knew. His attitude and action rather rocked my world. Now that I am older I honestly don't think he would impress me nearly as much.

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  22. The only book I enjoyed was Hamlet by Shakespeare in high school, the rest not at all.
    I've followed you back on google+.
    Have a great week.

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