High School 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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600 175
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

3
632 164
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
S. E. Hinton

4
674 201
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
John Steinbeck

5
772 214
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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542 163
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry

7
598 163
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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689 204
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. R. R. Tolkien

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498 134
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

10
547 206
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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483 145
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury

12
448 136
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë

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571 198
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

14
304 118
Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Elie Wiesel

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615 223
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
F. Scott Fitzgerald

16
446 147
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

17
410 130
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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425 144
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Madeleine L'Engle

19
542 210
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louisa May Alcott

20
456 125
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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396 138
Holes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar

22
520 206
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Austen

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356 125
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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440 124
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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496 210
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Golding