Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

Tamar Altebarmakian By 16k votes 1.1k voters 7.6k views 63 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Vote up the books teachers made you read in school that you actually ended up enjoying.

The start of each school year brings a new round of required reading for students. Not every book speaks to everyone, but at one point over the course of your schooling, the stars align and you're assigned great books that were required reading. We all had weeks in middle school or high school when we primarily relied on Cliff’s Notes to prep us for our reading quizzes, but every once in a while you would actually have time to read the assigned books and maybe you found yourself completely engrossed.

For instance, you may have grumbled about cracking open your copy of The Great Gatsby, but after those first few chapters, you found yourself captivated by the destructive decadence of the era and the mystery surrounding Jay Gatsby and his past.

You knew To Kill a Mockingbird was an important book, but until you read it, you never realized how culturally relevant it was - not until you read words like, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

While The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird might not be a the top of your list of required reading books you enjoyed, one of the many books listed below might.

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Madeleine L'Engle

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    Ray Bradbury

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    George Orwell

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare

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    William Shakespeare

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    Louis Sachar

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    Daniel Keyes

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    Elie Wiesel

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    Louisa May Alcott

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    Mary Shelley

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    Charles Dickens

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    William Golding

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Emily Brontë

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Charles Dickens

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    Arthur Miller

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    Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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    Geoffrey Chaucer

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    William Shakespeare

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    Gary Paulsen

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    Orson Scott Card

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    William Shakespeare

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    The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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    John Steinbeck

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Welwyn Wilton Katz

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