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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521 155
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

3
542 151
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
S. E. Hinton

4
581 187
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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477 146
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry

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668 202
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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603 187
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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504 149
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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424 120
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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425 130
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury

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462 179
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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506 180
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell

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267 104
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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536 199
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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400 131
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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384 126
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë

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374 130
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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358 123
Holes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar

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350 119
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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400 117
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

21
396 113
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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467 198
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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318 117
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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448 191
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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329 126
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Homer

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431 191
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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333 107
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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265 125
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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361 195
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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294 100
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Mary Shelley

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201 95
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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262 116
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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257 115
The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Arthur Miller

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243 109
Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

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263 135
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charles Dickens

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214 107
Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Gary Paulsen

37
245 134
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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196 102
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Orson Scott Card

39
262 115
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charles Dickens

40
226 93
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
339 168
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Nathaniel Hawthorne

42
221 102
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

43
266 137
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Emily Brontë

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237 114
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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161 100
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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192 104
Othello is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare

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89 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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170 108
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Kurt Vonnegut

49
211 136
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 94
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