Reminiscing Literature

By: Trey Burwell

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?- Bill Martin Jr. (1967)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a children's picture book published in 1967. Written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, the book is designed to help toddlers associate colors and meanings to objects. This book is the first book that I ever read in school, and I remember bringing this book home and reading it to my mom and I can't believe after all these years I still remember it

Poppy- Avi (1995)

Poppy is a children's novel written by Avi. The novel was first published in 1995 by Simon & Schuster and again in 1999 by HarperCollins. Poppy is the first-published of Avi's Tales From Dimwood Forest series. This book was the first book that I read that was over one-hundred pages. I loved the story of the little mouse taking on the big bad owl.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney (2007)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a satirical realistic fiction comedy novel for young adults written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. It is the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The series stars Greg Heffley, a lazy, arrogant, greedy, impudent, egotistical, mischievous, and sometimes even cruel and dishonest. He hates taking any blame and likes to take for credit to any situation that might boost him up the popularity ladder. This book was one of my favorite middle school readings.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone- J.K. Rowling (1997)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. The story starts off with eleven year old Harry James Potter and with his new knowledge of him learning he is a wizard, he attends Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry and meets new friends but has no idea he is world famous which in turn, attracts some unwanted attention from evil. I love these books because I have seen the movie but I find the books to be even better.

The Most Dangerous Game- Richard Connell (1924)

The story features a big-game hunter from New York who falls off a yacht and swims to an isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Russian aristocrat. The story is inspired by the big-game hunting safaris in Africa and South America that were particularly fashionable among wealthy Americans in the 1920s. This short story had my eyes pressed into the book, it was a very good story that was very suspenseful and mysterious.

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling (1998)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school's corridors warn that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened and that the "heir of Slytherin" would kill all pupils who do not come from all-magical families. These threats are found after attacks which leave residents of the school "petrified". Throughout the year, Harry and his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger investigate the attacks. This book is one of my favorites because it was suspenseful and I see it as a upgrade from the movie.

The Odyssey- Homer

The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other work ascribed to Homer. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon, and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature. The epic poem follows Odysseus, lord of the isle of Ithaca, has been missing from his kingdom for twenty years. The first ten had been spent fighting in the Trojan War, and the next ten had been spent in continual wanderings en route home from the war. His wife Penelope, in the meantime, has been harassed by dozens of suitors who have come from surrounding islands and Ithaca itself in order to win her hand in marriage. This poem is my favorite high school poem because it was the only one that interested me.

The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

This book is set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt. This book is one that caught my eye due to the story, it was very different and it had good plot twists in the story a well.

Romeo and Juliet- Baz Luhrmann (1996)

For many years, an on-going feud between two families has caused much disruption in the city of Verona, Italy. The Capulets and the Montagues cannot seem to get along, and there have been many deaths among the two families because of it. Prince Escalus of Verona warns the two families that if the feud does not stop, the punishment will be death. Everything changes however when Romeo and Juliet meet at a mask party and their epic story begins. This romantic tragedy is another favorite of mine because the ending is not what you would expect, the story was not a happy ending and that is what caught my eye with it and I like this version because its a more modern connection to the story through this film.

Beowulf- Unknown

Though it is often viewed both as the archetypal Anglo-Saxon literary work and as a cornerstone of modern literature, Beowulf has a peculiar history that complicates both its historical and its canonical position in English literature. By the time the story of Beowulf was composed by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet around 700 A.D., much of its material had been in circulation in oral narrative for many years.This is about and strong, unstoppable, man named Beowulf who is known all throughout Greece. He slays demons, monsters, and completes tasks that no other man could accomplish. He answers a call for help about a demon terrorizing a town that is in great distress which will in turn bring on worse enemies.