Required Reading in School |Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! 💕

With the beginning of the school year upon us, I figured it’d be fun to discuss some required books that you might have had (or do have) to read in school. Personally, there were many books that I was required to read in school that I just wasn’t a fan of. But then again, I wasn’t a big reader when I was in middle school. It wasn’t until high school when I became the reader I am now. But I decided to discuss the required books that I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy while I was in school since it’s been a while since I’ve been in school. Which reminds me how old I am and how long it’s been since I actually had required reading.

I just want to preface this by saying that some of these books are classics and pretty well loved. When I read them, I was a teenager, and I didn’t really like classics. I did enjoy some of them, but I just want to mention that these are my personal opinions and don’t necessarily reflect the quality of these books. Also, I’m not going to go into too much detail about these books since they’re well known, and I feel like a lot of people know of them and even have read many of them in school.

But without any further ado, let’s get onto the books! They’re not in any particular order.

Top required books I enjoyed in school:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Looking at this list, I realize that many of these books are ones that I want to read again. And I can’t really say why I like these other than the fact that I remember enjoying them when I read them. The stories were compelling and didn’t put me to sleep like many of the required books that I had to read. Which I don’t understand why teachers would assign books that will most likely put their students to sleep rather than want to read them.

Top required books I didn’t enjoy in school:

  • Beowulf by Unknown
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare

I don’t have as many books on this list than I thought I would, but that’s probably because my brain is blocking out the other ones that I really didn’t enjoy. And I feel like if I read these now, I might actually enjoy them. It might be an instance where I was just a teenager who didn’t quite understand what I was reading. Or I might just not like those types of books. A lot of these had old-fashioned words and phrases that confused me a lot of the time.

So there are the required books that I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy when I read them in school. Did you have to read any of these books in school? What did you think about them? Are there any that you enjoyed that are in my ‘dislike’ list? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

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I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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