Culture Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving  

Tamar Altebarmakian
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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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785 191
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
S. E. Hinton
3
739 212
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
4
803 244
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
John Steinbeck
5
921 251
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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828 226
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. R. R. Tolkien
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653 207
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry
8
708 192
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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595 158
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
10
591 175
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury
11
659 246
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
12
694 236
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
13
541 167
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
14
742 264
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
F. Scott Fitzgerald
15
531 168
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë
16
504 155
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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354 147
Night is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Elie Wiesel
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642 234
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louisa May Alcott
19
492 167
Holes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar
20
504 175
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Madeleine L'Engle
21
597 232
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Austen
22
422 150
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
carlybobarly added Daniel Keyes
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514 145
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
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511 148
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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449 166
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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