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.
You can also find movies based on these book on this list of the best 8th-grade book adaptations.
- 1The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis,... more1,2613070
- 2To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately... more1,6612970
- 3The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking... more1,1142630
- 4The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author... more1,1402940
- 5Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author... more1,0442930
- 6Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom... more9552580
- 7Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novella by George Orwell, first published in... more9493080
- 8Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize–winning author John Steinbeck. Published... more1,0743260
- 9The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along... more8082260
- 10The Giver is a 1993 American social science fiction children's novel by Lois Lowry. It is set... more8932920
- 11Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and... more7532320
- 12Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1961 children's novel by Wilson Rawls about a boy who buys and... more6982160
- 13Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one... more8162430
- 14Holes is a 1997 young adult novel written by Louis Sachar and first published by Farrar,... more6892280
- 15Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. It was published on 16 October 1847... more6792470
- 16Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published... more8132950
- 17The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a... more9973640
- 18Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley... more5721820
- 19The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by... more6781960
- 20The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part,... more6572220
- 21The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne... more6311970
- 22A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been... more5831810
- 23A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first... more6232470
- 24Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story... more7522970
- 25Lord of the Flies is a 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William... more838324