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Did you read your way through high school?





Afaceinthematrix
I was just wondering, who read there way all the way through high school? I read most of the stuff but some of the time I used sparknotes/cliff notes. Who else did that?
Cibes
I really to read, so I did read all the stuff so far.
Right now I'm stuck in a dead boring Western ( Lonesome Dove ), ... So do Spark notes work well? I'll probably try it this time.
twisthigh
I always read the books, it is the main source of information when the topic is brought up in class so therefore I knew what was going on, unlike the some other students that would just read notes about it online. The notes don't give anything in detail but the book does once the reader puts everything together.
roboguyspacedude
I've always read them, partly because I like reading and also because the books so far haven't been boring.
brilliantbeauty
I read them just because I like to read so much. But if I forget or just get distracted, I'll use sparknotes to get me through class until I have time to read it. Smile
TurtleShell
I read the cliffsnotes only once, when I had to read Crime and Punishment my senior year. The book had a great start, and a great finish, but I was so swamped and the middle was SO long...I should be ashamed of myself, but I used the cliffsnotes to get me through about 150 pages of the middle. That was the first and only time I ever resorted to using cliffsnotes...even when I HATED the books, I would find other ways around it. for example, when we were reading the old man and the sea my freshman year, I think I only read the first sentence in each paragraph. It's an easy book so of course I could have read it, but I despise Hemingway...
johanfh
We had to read books in different languages, Dutch, English, German and French. I read the Dutch, English and German books but from the French I read about half of the books. The other half I watched the movies from, read notes and articles about them, read translations, etc. because it took too much time for me to read them carefully and also understand them.
But I still think: reading is fun. Reading a paper about a book isn't half as much fun as reading the book itself. By reading you step into some kind of fantasyworld the author created in coöperation with your imagination and you drift away from reality...

Ok, I like reading Laughing
JohanFH
TurtleShell
Actually, I love to read too. After I thought about what I had written, I realized what a messed up situation my high school literature classes must have been. I love reading, I love books, I've been a book worm all my life, but I hated most of what I had to read in high school. ...and those things that I went back and read later, many of them I loved. Great Expectations was taught my freshman year of high school and I hated every minute of it. I went back to it my second year in college and I love that book now with all my heart. Junior year of high school, we read The Crystal Cave, by mary Stewart. I resisted it, and hated it, and went back to it again in college and thought it was beautiful. What happens in high school english? Why did I use cliffsnotes and develope these hatreds of authors and books I later realized were dear to me? Was it me? Was it the teachers?
meet in rio
I read them all at school (although usually at the last minute before the exam, so I was writing my essays and doing class tests with only the SparkNotes). We've got a reasonably heavy reading load at university, though, so I quite often start a book, get 20% of the way through and then just give up and hit SparkNotes so that I'll be able to talk about it in my tutorial. I promised myself that I wouldn;t fall into that pattern this semester, but I've failed quite miserably.
Anotherevil
I generally like to read the books that have been assigned because many of them are interesting. But I do admit that I use sparknotes when all the work gets a little overwhelming and I don't have time to read.

Then again, I prefer to read it because in class you kind of look like an idiot when you don't know what's going on. IF you read the book, you know what they're talking about, so you can have a good discussion. I love discussing books and their meanings.
xanarulz
I was forced to read each book, mostly because they would ask stupid questions about remedial things, I remember this on story i had a quiz on, a question was the character wearing and what color was it! and of course spark/cliff notes would of never gone over that >.<

Anyway like I said all my quizes and tests were based on stupid details that had nothing to do with the point of the story, so ya I had to read
scimitarmoon
I can proudly say I've never used cliffnotes or sparknotes. I love to read! In fact, most of the time I spent my classes reading novels (sci-fi or fantasy, or also novels assigned for English classes) or doing homework, instead of listening to the lecture.
Anotherevil
xanarulz wrote:
I was forced to read each book, mostly because they would ask stupid questions about remedial things, I remember this on story i had a quiz on, a question was the character wearing and what color was it! and of course spark/cliff notes would of never gone over that >.<

Anyway like I said all my quizes and tests were based on stupid details that had nothing to do with the point of the story, so ya I had to read


On the contrary, I believe that in some books, the color of a robe or such is a big symbol in the book, but somehow sparknotes never covers it in their story summary. I believe that those things are not trivial, they actually are very important when you look at the book as a whole.
evanc88
I wouldn't recommend using sparknotes over the actual novel. Usually, high school level books aren't too much of a chore to read, and you have the class itself to walk you through them. Sparknotes can never come close to comparing with the actual feeling of the novels.
varon
I'm glad to see so many people who actually DID read through the books assigned to them! Smile Such a relief for an English teacher (LOL) and for a nerd throughout high school. Razz It's true, SparkNotes, Cliff's Notes, and (what I usually use when I'm out of resources) Classic Notes by Gradesaver (http://www.gradesaver.com/) contain many great points of discussion, but to use them solely without ever reading the primary text is cheating. Not to mention, they can be kind of misleading, since they tell you how and what to read in the text instead of you experiencing the text for yourself.

Such "refresher" publications are meant for people who cannot cope with a difficult text or have already read through them and need to recall certain details, but I would advise against are reading them solely as an "easy way out" of reading the "boring books."
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