Weekend Reads #86: High-School Experiences

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I’m currently reading.

This week’s topic:

High-school experiences

That just popped into my head. I didn’t have a topic for this weekend but when I started writing about not having a topic, I thought back to a podcast I listened to a while back where two authors of YA novels said “everyone’s high-school experience was horrible” and if your experience wasn’t horrible, then you were doing something wrong. (Not the exact words, but that’s the gist of it.)

That really frustrated me because my high-school experience was great and I didn’t do anything wrong to make it so. I enjoyed high school and had loads of fun, so I don’t think it’s right to generalize such experiences. I understand that lots of people had horrible experiences in high school, but that’s not true of everyone. Like many people, I was insecure during my teenage years and struggled to accept who I am and identify who and what I want to be. Home life was stressful, so I hardly ever wanted to be there. My joy came from hanging out with friends, whether at school or after school. I didn’t like attending school because I chafe against routine and regimen, but once I was there, I enjoyed it. I loved some of my classes and though I wasn’t popular, I got along with many of the teachers and students. I felt free at school and the stress I felt sometimes at home was lifted while there.

School life was great, hanging out with my friends was great, and there’s nothing wrong with having such an awesome high-school experience.

What I’m currently reading:
The Devourers by Indra Das

I’m buddy-reading this with Rachel from Life of a Female Bibliophile and… I don’t know what to think of it. So far it bores me. I nod off every time I attempt to read it. I don’t mind a slow plot, but this one is annoying because it’s as if it’s hinting that something bad is going to happen but is holding back to increase tension but since I’m not interested, I’m annoyed instead of eager and curious. I’m now at the second part (the story is divided into seven parts) and am slowly beginning to like the writing.

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (narr.)

I’m listening to the audio book because I listened to Sedaris narrate one of his essays for an episode of This American Life podcast and I wanted to more. But it was a bad decision to listen to this audio book. I usually use audio books for rereads, but it’s my first time encountering the contents of Holidays on Ice. I thought that would be okay since I listened to the audio book of The Girl with All the Gifts without first reading the book and didn’t have a problem. But I guess I can only do that with thrillers/horror novels, or just The Girl with All the Gifts, because nothing sticks in my head when I listen to Holidays on Ice. I enjoy listening to Sedaris narrate it, of course, but after a session listening to it, I can’t remember the details of what was said. It just goes through one ear and out the other. So it’s good that I have a physical copy of the book because I’ll have to read instead of listen to it.

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

I’m loving this!!! It’s almost exactly like the movie. I finally (long story) got a copy of the book from the library only to realize shortly after starting it that I’ll need to get a copy for myself. I can’t read the library’s copy because there are so many lines I want to highlight. I’m only a few pages in (on pg. 36) and am hooked on the story and the writing and the characters. Only 36 pages in and already I prefer Strickland in the book to the one in the film. So far, he has more depth in the book, and I appreciate that we get to see how exactly the amphibious man was “captured.”

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

It’s a reread and I’m going through it slowly because I prioritize all other books ahead of it. My plan is to take my time with it and simply appreciate how the story is told.

That’s it for now.
Let me know below what you’re currently reading.

13 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #86: High-School Experiences

  1. Yeah honestly my high school experience wasn’t bad- my home life wasn’t good, so I looked forward to school. And while there were cliques in the schools I went to, I was never really bothered by people in other groups, people just sorta kept to themselves, so I got to hang out with my friends in peace. I think the only thing I was ever frustrated about was that my first high school was lousy education wise (and that it felt more like a social gathering than somewhere you went to learn things 😉 ). I don’t think it’s necessary to project the idea that everyone must have had a bad time in high school or else they did something wrong, cos I just don’t think it’s true. Obviously I don’t want to take away from people who didn’t have such a good time, but it’s kinda unnecessary to view high school all through one lens.


    1. Same here. I don’t want to take away from others’ experiences, but I don’t think it’s good to say that everyone had the same high school experience. I think it’s good to show that high school can be fun.

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  2. I’m about to finish up my senior year of high school and even though it felt like ages getting through it, high school was a pretty nice time for me. I know it isn’t like that for everyone but I do feel like sometimes YA goes to the extreme with these high school stereotypes lol. I definitely wouldn’t repeat high school, but it was fun while it lasted!


    1. Exactly, I think the same that YA overwhelmingly focuses on negative school experiences.
      Yea yo, I wouldn’t want to repeat high school either.
      And all the best on your final semester/quarter!!

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  3. I have fond memories of high school. I had some really good friends and I enjoyed my classes. Even so, I would not want to go back and relive those years. 😉

    Currently I’m reading A Tale of Two Cities, a book I’ve been meaning to read since high school. I’m finally making it happen!


    1. That’s great that it was good for you too. Lol, I wouldn’t want to repeat it either.

      I almost bought A Tale of Two Cities yesterday. I’ve always wanted to try a Dickens book.

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      1. So far, I’m enjoying it. It’s one of Dickens’ “historical” novels. (Historical, even by his time of writing!)

        This is my first Dickens’ novel in quite awhile. I studied David Copperfield and Great Expectations in university. I’ve always been meaning to read his other works. ToTC has been on my list forever!


  4. I’m glad you had a good time in high school! My experience was pretty bad, although my senior year there were a few bright spots. I liked my fast food job a lot more than I liked school. I have The Devourers so I’ll be interested to hear if you end up liking it.


    1. I’m sorry to hear it was bad.
      I know many folks didn’t have great experiences then. I just didn’t like that the authors on the podcast assumed that must be true of everyone.

      So far I’m not liking the Devourers but I’m hoping it’ll grow on me as I read more.


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