High school is a time when you are finding out more about yourself, where your tastes run, and where your passions lie. Books can be a huge aid in helping you in your formative years, which is why high schoolers are given a list of books to read.
But chances are, you didn’t read those books. You were too busy doing other, more important things, right? Sadly, those books contain a lot of value, so it may be worth going back and reading them now.
Here are 10 books you should have read in high school:
#1 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
It may be a tough, depressing book to read, but it’s one of the most brutally honest stories about family, sticking it out during the tough times, and pursuing a better future no matter what obstacles stand in your way.
#2 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book takes a look at the obsessions that have dominated the world for centuries: money, love, and social status. It’s a cautionary tale that will help you realize which of your tendencies are really self-destructive.
#3 1984 by George Orwell
This book was written far ahead of its time, but it has come true in more ways than you might expect! It’s a look at how people can be subtly manipulated and controlled, often because they are willing to give up their freedoms without knowing it.
#4 The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway is one of the greatest writers of the modern era, and his work is deep, rich, and fraught with lessons that teach you the truth of life from an angle you would never have thought to look. The Sun Also Rises is viewed as his greatest novel and is based on his own trip to Spain. It is a tale of love, loss, lust, adventure and heartbreak. But as mentioned before it is not fantasy and people can learn real lessons from this book. A must read for any back packers.
#5 Beloved by Toni Morrison
This is the story of a former slave haunted by the ghost of her child, who was never given a name but is simply called "Beloved". It is a disturbing, graphic novel that gets into the nitty gritty of life in the era of slavery, but it’s a must-read for any history lovers.
#6 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This is one of those books that are guaranteed to spark discussion, which is one reason it’s recommended in high school. It poses a number of philosophical questions that force you think and reason for yourself, and it’s definitely worth the read.
#7 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Mark Twain didn’t just write fascinating stories, but each one of his books contained hidden truths and parallels that can only be found by those searching for them. It’s about so much more than just the characters; it’s a study of human nature in many forms.
#8 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
An 8-year old narrates this story, set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, telling of an African American man accused of violating a Caucasian woman. It’s a book that forces you to look at your morals and principles, making you realize that not everything is as it seems.
#9 Fahrenheit 451
This book is slow and hard to get through, but it takes a good hard look at humanity. There is no government telling the people to burn books in the story, but it is their own nature that compels them. It forces you to examine your happiness in your current state.
#10 Animal Farm by George Orwell
If ever there was a book to examine politics and humanity in an entertaining way, this would be it! The story uses animals on a farm to delve into the mentality behind revolutions, governments, and every area of life.
Definitely worth getting your hands on these ten books and reading them!
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