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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.

You can also find movies based on these book on this list of the best 8th-grade book adaptations.

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The Lion, the Witch and ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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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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The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. R. R. Tolkien
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Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
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Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Adventures of Huckleberr... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
John Steinbeck
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louisa May Alcott
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The Adventures of Tom Sa... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë
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Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
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Where the Red Fern Grows... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury
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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Golding
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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Madeleine L'Engle
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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Austen
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The Diary of a Young Gir... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Homer
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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Mary Shelley