Books 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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519 153
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

3
536 150
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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577 187
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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472 143
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry

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665 201
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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602 185
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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501 149
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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422 119
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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422 126
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury

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459 177
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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504 178
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

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267 102
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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533 199
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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382 124
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë

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396 131
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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374 127
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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356 121
Holes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar

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347 117
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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397 117
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

21
394 113
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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466 196
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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316 116
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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447 188
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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325 124
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Homer

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426 189
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Golding

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333 105
A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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263 123
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Aldous Huxley

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360 194
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. D. Salinger

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293 99
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Mary Shelley

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200 93
Number the Stars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry

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258 116
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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242 107
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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251 115
The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Arthur Miller

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262 135
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charles Dickens

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211 106
Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Gary Paulsen

37
242 134
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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John Steinbeck

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196 101
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Orson Scott Card

39
261 114
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charles Dickens

40
224 92
The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lynne Reid Banks

41
337 168
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Nathaniel Hawthorne

42
220 102
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

43
264 136
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Emily Brontë

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236 114
The Canterbury Tales is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Geoffrey Chaucer

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159 100
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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191 104
Othello is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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87 25
Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
biggestdoctorwhofanever added Lucy Maud Montgomery

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169 108
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Kurt Vonnegut

49
210 134
Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Welwyn Wilton Katz

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116 92
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Mildred D. Taylor