Fiction 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
2
801 229
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
3
850 208
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
S. E. Hinton
4
1,005 260
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
5
871 259
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
John Steinbeck
6
906 236
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
J. R. R. Tolkien
7
703 226
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Lois Lowry
8
752 213
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
9
631 176
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
10
637 188
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Ray Bradbury
11
721 270
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
12
742 251
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
George Orwell
13
802 278
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
F. Scott Fitzgerald
14
589 183
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
15
538 171
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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540 177
Holes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louis Sachar
17
553 186
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Charlotte Brontë
18
374 163
Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
dreapress added Elie Wiesel
19
512 172
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Homer
20
662 252
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Louisa May Alcott
21
522 191
A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Madeleine L'Engle
22
628 245
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
Jane Austen
23
554 158
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
William Shakespeare
24
445 164
Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving
carlybobarly added Daniel Keyes
25
532 157
The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Required Reading That You Actually Ended Up Loving