Fiction 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.

You can also find movies based on these book on this list of the best 8th-grade book adaptations.

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1,410 254
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
2
927 221
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
S. E. Hinton
3
880 247
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
4
1,086 277
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
5
938 285
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
John Steinbeck
6
983 255
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. R. R. Tolkien
7
753 245
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry
8
826 229
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
9
697 193
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
10
692 207
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury
11
786 298
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
12
810 275
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
13
642 203
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
14
863 304
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
F. Scott Fitzgerald
15
588 184
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
16
587 192
Holes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar
17
597 202
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë
18
406 176
Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Elie Wiesel
19
552 184
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Homer
20
719 270
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louisa May Alcott
21
566 208
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Madeleine L'Engle
22
673 264
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Austen
23
599 170
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
24
712 284
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Golding
25
485 180
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
carlybobarly added Daniel Keyes