literature Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving  

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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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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Outsiders S. E. Hinton

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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

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384 115
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Giver Lois Lowry

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

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

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350 102
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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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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425 153
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Animal Farm George Orwell

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346 95
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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297 94
Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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295 95
Holes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Holes Louis Sachar

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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326 114
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Macbeth William Shakespeare

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327 99
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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230 79
Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Night Elie Wiesel

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389 169
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
A Midsummer Night's Dream William Shakespeare

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

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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
carlybobarly added Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Odyssey Homer, Nextext

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Crucible Arthur Miller

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

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Number the Stars is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Number the Stars Lois Lowry

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225 111
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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219 94
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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187 73
The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

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283 137
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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228 110
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

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Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Hatchet Gary Paulsen

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157 81
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

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181 86
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare

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The Canterbury Tales is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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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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Othello is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Othello William Shakespeare

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

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Beowulf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Beowulf Welwyn Wilton Katz

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving

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139 88
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut