day six | 30 day book challenge

30 Day Book Challenge | Day 6 — Favorite book that was assigned for reading in school

There are a lot of books I remember enjoying in high school, and a few I hated, and for the most part my English teachers were great and allowed us some freedom in between the standard literature. It took all the way until I was a senior in high school, though, to discover my favorite assigned-reading book…

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. This was one I elected to read—my teacher had a choice of three or four for us to pick from as our next assignment and this was one of them. If I remember correctly, I chose it because it wasn’t the popular selection—no one else seemed to want to read it. I’m so glad I did, though; All Quiet on the Western Front had me captivated with its raw, brutal descriptions of the physical horrors of combat and the lasting, devastating psychological effects of being a soldier in combat. More than ten years after reading it many scenes are still vivid in my memory. 

I live in Kansas City, home to the National World War I Museum—walking through it is a fascinating, enlightening experience. The multi-media and interactive exhibits are great, and the collection of equipment from the war is impressive. Every time I go I learn something new. I might have to re-read the book and go to the museum again soon!

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