What a book you were assigned to read in high school English and fell in love with?
(Yes I’m counterprogramming that dumb tweet)
Okay here are some of mine:
Invisible Man
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Henry IV, part 1
Death and the King’s Horseman
All Quiet on the Western Front
Uh... the Bible, specifically the Book of Job.

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