There are countless books that could easily have made this list (i.e. 1984 by George Orwell, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer, etc.), but we just had to narrow it down. All of the best required reading books are classics for one reason or another, despite their vastly different styles, themes, and time periods. In fact, those are the factors that went into the selection process for this list; they were all chosen because they represent so many different kinds of storytelling and human experiences. Remember: Just because these books are required, doesn't mean they're not enjoyable reads.
In high school, many of us read the same books or worked from a similar reading list, and there is a good reason for this: these books have had a large impact on society and its functions. These books aren't just worth reading so we can pass our assignments, they are more important than that because certain books can expand our minds and broaden our view of the world around us.
Teachers touch so many lives, and can often be the heroes that keep kids from ruining their futures. The right teacher can be the blessing kids need to become someone later in life, and that's why we need to celebrate them and the work they do.
These books touched me in some way, either negatively or positively. All of these are great. Whether you have seen them on previous lists or not, this is strictly my opinion. *= Not for children or the faint of heart.
Recently, the news broke that a Mississippi school has removed Harper Lee's classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, from its 8th-grade reading list. The reason? Its use of sensitive language is making students "uncomfortable."If I were to sum up my thoughts up on this topic in a single word, it would be "deplorable," especially in the current social climate that is sweeping what seems like the entirety of the western world.