Books Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving  

Tamar Altebarmakian
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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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536 161
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

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557 156
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
S. E. Hinton

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597 190
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
John Steinbeck

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488 150
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry

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690 205
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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619 191
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. R. R. Tolkien

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524 151
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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437 123
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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479 185
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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435 134
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury

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520 184
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

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271 106
Night is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Elie Wiesel

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552 205
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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412 136
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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393 129
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë

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384 133
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Madeleine L'Engle

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360 121
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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365 127
Holes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar

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411 119
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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407 116
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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480 202
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louisa May Alcott

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326 119
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
carlybobarly added Daniel Keyes

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462 195
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Austen

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339 131
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Homer