high school Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving  

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List Rules 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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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1984 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
1984 Kit Reed

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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Giver Lois Lowry

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Animal Farm George Orwell

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Macbeth William Shakespeare

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Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Holes Louis Sachar

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Night Elie Wiesel

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Odyssey Homer

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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Crucible Arthur Miller

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Bridge to Terabithia Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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The Canterbury Tales is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare

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Number the Stars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Number the Stars Lois Lowry

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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

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Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Hatchet Gary Paulsen

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Othello is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Othello 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
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Beowulf Welwyn Wilton Katz

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The Joy Luck Club is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving