As summer ends and the kids prepare to head back to school, our thoughts naturally return to the required reading we were forced to endure the last time we sat in a classroom. The books that spring quickly to my mind are William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, three books which I would be happy to never see again in my life. Now, we know that not all required reading makes you question the sanity of your English teacher. So, we asked you what were the books on your required reading list that you enjoyed. (Enjoyed might be too strong of a word. Liked? Tolerated? Didn’t throw across the room in a fit of frustration and boredom?) So, without further ado, here is the list of required reading you—didn’t hate.
(1) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; (2) Brave New World, by Aldoux Huxley (3) Night, by Elie Wiesel (4) Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen (5) The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (6) Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (7) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (8) The Giver, by Lois Lowry (9) A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (10) All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque (11) 1984, by George Orwell, (12) War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells (13) Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (14) East of Eden, by John Steinbeck (15) Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (16) Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (17) A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (18) The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (19) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (20) Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
(21) Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut (22) The Iliad, by Homer (23) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (24) The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells (25) The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien (26) Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (27) On the Beach, by Nevil Shute (28) The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (29) A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (30) The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck (31) The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (32) Legend, by Marie Lu (33) The Ramayana, by William Buck (34) Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott (35) Animal Farm, by George Orwell (36) The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (37) Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (38) The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck (39) The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch (40) As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
(41) Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (42) Alas Babylon, by Pat Frank (43) Anthem, by Ayn Rand (44) Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (45) Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie (46) Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonthan Swift (47) The Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (48) James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (49) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (50) Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse (51) Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous (52) The Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell (53) Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom (54) Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor M. Dostoevsky (55) Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (56) The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, by H.W. Brands (57) Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (58) The Diary of Ma Yan, by Ma Yan (59) O, Pioneers! by Willa Cather (60) The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Reading this list I remembered several books I read and loved in school. What about you? Did your favorite required reading title make the list?
And if you are preparing to go back to school yourself, we hope your required reading list is full of books you—don’t hate. — Julie