Best School Assigned Books

I hated that I had to read it, but grateful that I read them when I did. They stick with you for years and it's fun to look back and see what public school thought every child should read.
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720 books · 2,020 voters · list created November 30th, 2010 by JLin (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I can't actually say that I hated the books I voted for here, though -- on the contrary, they are those that I liked even when they were high school assignments!


message 2: by JLin (new)

JLin Themis-Athena wrote: "I can't actually say that I hated the books I voted for here, though

Oh yes, most of these I loved! I just didn't like being told what everyone had to read. Esp if I'd already read the book ten times on my own.


message 3: by Janis (new)

Janis I didn't hate that I had to read these as I love reading anyway...I loved the ones I voted for and even those I did not choose I liked...


message 4: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Richards I`ve voted for the books I loved when I read them and think that all of them should be read in school as an inspiration for children.


message 5: by Natalie (new)

Natalie I voted for books that I either loved, or am glad I have read. There are certain books that everyone should read, and not everyone loves to read like I do. School is a great way to accomplish this.


message 6: by Christy (new)

Christy Where went high school didn't read hardly any of the books on this list, but the two I voted for I loved the most out of them.


message 7: by Patricia (new)

Patricia I voted for the books I loved and hated in school. I've never really regretted reading a book in my life, no matter how much I hated it because I believe every book has something to teach. There are many books on this list that I did read while I was in school that I would have gladly voted for but I read them by choice, they weren't assigned by any of my teachers...I just borrowed them from the library by my own account.


message 8: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl Campbell I have to question the inclusion of some of the books in this list. Seriously, Tessa Dare's, "A Night to Surrender." I can't imagine any teacher choosing a trashy bodice ripper as a reading assignment unless he/she is looking for a new career.


message 9: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Cheryl wrote: "I have to question the inclusion of some of the books in this list. Seriously, Tessa Dare's, "A Night to Surrender." I can't imagine any teacher choosing a trashy bodice ripper as a reading assig..."

I agree with you. There are certain books that don't really fit into a school reading curriculum. That's why I didn't choose any of those even if I might have read some.


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Christian I'm jealous of any school that assigns The Hunger Games to their students.


message 11: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Christian wrote: "I'm jealous of any school that assigns The Hunger Games to their students."

I don't know how to like your comment here, but I completely agree! I wish my teachers would have assigned books like that. The books weren't published while I was in high school so I can't really criticize that much, but there are many books that have a similar feel and I wish they would have assigned more of those.


message 12: by Polina (new)

Polina Gergovska The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Polina wrote: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain"


You can add it by using the tab up top next to "all votes."


message 14: by Gabby (new)

Gabby Whoa, i havn't read any of these books for school...yet.

We read, Deadly Unna? and Anna's Story
fun (-.-)


message 15: by Morgan (new)

Morgan I had to read Lullabies for little crimminals by Heather o neil


message 16: by Fatin (new)

Fatin I hated the books I read in class, only to go back to them and fall in love with them all on my own. Could this be because my teachers weren't...inspiring and open to the opinions of others? Probz.


message 17: by Sparrowlicious (new)

Sparrowlicious I hope you guys don't mind that I voted here even though the books I had to read for school are neither on this list, nor relevant to this list (we never had to read any english classics so I read some of them by myself in the last few years. It's seriously more fun if no one forces you to read something.)


message 18: by Fatin (new)

Fatin Sparrowlicious wrote: "I hope you guys don't mind that I voted here even though the books I had to read for school are neither on this list, nor relevant to this list (we never had to read any english classics so I read ..."

But...you're contaminating the list...you could have just added the books you read in school.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Fatin wrote: "Sparrowlicious wrote: "I hope you guys don't mind that I voted here even though the books I had to read for school are neither on this list, nor relevant to this list (we never had to read any engl..."

As far as I can see, she only voted for books so far ahead of everything else that I'd hardly speak of "contaminating" anything.

That said, @Sparrowlicious, you really should feel encouraged to just vote for what you read and liked in school. The more the merrier, you know! Also, if you take a look beyond page 1 of this list, you'll see plenty of books that others have added just because they read and liked them, not because they thought those books would ever reach page 1 (or even page 2). Many of those books are foreign, too, but that really isn't the point ... it's NOT about the (perceived or real) classics of English literature!


message 20: by Pam (new)

Pam Masters I read several of these books in high school. I do have to say though that I am surprised by some on the list. I by no means am a book snob, but there some that leave me scratching my head. I mean the list is supposed to be books we were assigned to read in school.


message 21: by Gabby (new)

Gabby Nic wrote: "The Hunger Games was taught at school???"

I wouldn't recommend it for a school setting...


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Gabby Nic wrote: "Gabby wrote: "Nic wrote: "The Hunger Games was taught at school???"

I wouldn't recommend it for a school setting..."

It's a little too much, although it would most likely make the pupils more int..."


In that sense, yes.


message 23: by Shanna (new)

Shanna The Hunger Games is no worse than the often required Lord of the Flies or Of Mice and Men regarding curriculum.

Any book that makes people interested in reading IMO is a good thing, all about stimulating discussion in the school curriculum.


message 24: by Liz (last edited Apr 13, 2013 06:40PM) (new)

Liz Actually I don't know why a teacher would pick The Hunger Games as a school book period. It's not for the violence, but it has no depth! There are much better dystopian novels from Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, and 1984 that ARE MUCH BETTER and have more LITERARY value to them. The Hunger Games is cheap entertainment and has zero lasting impact. I got into dystopian because of The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, and 1984. They are much better IMO.

All the books I voted for I enjoyed when I was assigned to read them, some of them maybe not as much as others but I did get something out of them.


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Gabby wrote: "Nic wrote: "The Hunger Games was taught at school???"

I wouldn't recommend it for a school setting..."


I agree. That seems a very odd choice to me for required reading. Most of these books were not in existence when I was in high school so I am very surprised that they are required. Some of them I read over the summer on my own and liked them much better. Many of the required ones I barely remember at all.


message 26: by Aleksandra (new)

Aleksandra Budzyńska It was very interesting to see what kids on the other edge of the world had to read. I appreciate especially the inclusion of non-fiction books as well as contemporary literature.


message 27: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Nic wrote: "Gabby wrote: "Nic wrote: "The Hunger Games was taught at school???"

I wouldn't recommend it for a school setting..."

It's a little too much, although it would most likely make the pupils more int..."


My son just had to read Divergent for a high school honors class (he liked the Hunger Games, which he had read on his own but hated Divergent; he also hated the Giver, which was last years' honors reading fare). Then they took them on a field trip to see Catching Fire in the movie theatre. So in answer to you question, yes, some schools assign books with questionable literary value as a part of their curriculum. (Don't get me wrong, I like the Hunger Games, but I have to question its value in a school setting when other classics are available and more in depth.)


message 28: by Azur (last edited Jan 25, 2014 12:45PM) (new)

Azur I'm also astonished at some of the books in this list (mainly the manga).I don't know how this is handled in other countries. In Germany the curriculum often defines certain books, but sometimes just certain authors or topics/genres. Depending on the progress teachers are allowed to choose extra books that are not part of the curriculum. Some teachers choose their favourite books and others let the students decide which books they want to read. I had one teacher who rushed through the assigned books and took much more time to discuss books which he thought were important/interesting. (This had its good and bad aspects.) Maybe this could explain some of the unusual books in this list. Or those are just books they read for a book report.


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: three books removed.

Somebody needs to identify the many books on this list that were never assigned reading, so that they can be removed. I get the impression that many of the books here are books that people think should be, assigned reading.


message 30: by Norah (new)

Norah It is actually quite funny as I had already read the majority of the assigned high school books listed here, before I started high school! :D


message 31: by Catherine (last edited Aug 26, 2015 03:23AM) (new)

Catherine The Help! Hunger Games! Divergent! Harry Potter! John Grisham!! Terry Pratchett!!! There are some school teachers out there who need to be fired.


message 32: by Beatrice (new)

Beatrice I was curious to learn what books are considered required reading these days. How many books are actually discussed in class in a particular year? One a month, two a month? How many and which books are considered a core of literary education in high school? Many books are considered to be fundamental are included in the list, however if one has a choice a student can avoid it altogether. Is ther any agreement as to the must read list, say 10 books that everyone reads so there is a common point of reference for future students and readers alike?


message 33: by Elisa (last edited Jan 24, 2017 08:38AM) (new)

Elisa M. I voted according to my Italian experience. I hope you don't mind.
I envy people who got to read Lord of the Rings for their English Lit course at university. I'm not saying Frankenstein and Tempest were awful... but I had to endure Manfred and The Cenci.

Catherine wrote: "The Help! Hunger Games! Divergent! Harry Potter! John Grisham!! Terry Pratchett!!! There are some school teachers out there who need to be fired."
If you want young people to love reading instead of, say, videogames, choosing boring, heavy, sad and please-slit-my-throat-right-now stories (I'm looking at you, Kafka!) is probably not the best path.


message 34: by Jackson (new)

Jackson i like books i read books i eat book i love book


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