Ah, high school, the time when reading classics will determine your success in your literature and English classes. In this post, I’ll be going through ten books in no particular order that will be extremely beneficial to your English classes in high school.
One thing to note is that I will not be including plays and poems such as the works of Shakespeare, Homer, and Dante on this list. I will also not include multiple books from one author, but I will give the other book a mention if it’s famous enough.
To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is definitely one of the must-reads for anyone. It’s a story about growing up and tackles different morals such as the education system at the time and racism. It’s almost inevitable that you will study this book in school since it deals with so many different virtues and quality of people.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzerald is another classic read that appears in high school. A story about a wealthy Gatsby and his romantic endeavors will surely stir your heart. The Great Gatsby isn’t just about romance though, it also goes through the head of many characters presenting different ideas and thoughts to spend days pondering about.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain
Another story about growing up, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a story about Huckleberry Finn and his adventures just like the title suggests. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is also an excellent reading for high school as well.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell is a book on talking animals that alludes to the Russian revolution and communism. It criticizes communism’s downfalls and problems and shows that a theoretically great idea cannot translate into real life. George Orwell’s 1984 is also a great book to pick up.
Lord of the Flies By William Golding
Another book criticizing society and order, Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a story about a group of boys who crash lands on an isolated island and has to survive. This book tackles many problems with humans and how things can go to chaos because of our characteristics.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is another book on romance, this time situated in the Regency era in Britain. The novel tackles mainly the idea of marriage versus wealth, but it also shows us the different outcomes circling hasty judgments and decisions. It’s a must pick up for high school as well as for pure entertainment.
The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is another must-read for high school for its relatability. The story is based around teenage rebellion as it follows a teenager named Holden Caulfield and his view on the world.
Brave New World By Aldous Huxley
Another story based on a dystopian world, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is set in a futuristic world state of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy. Artificial babies and sleep-learning technologies are things that have been introduced in this world among other futuristic technology. Studying this book helps us keep in mind what being human actually means and will help prevent our society from falling into despair.
Frankenstein By Mary Shelley
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is quite a famous book. Almost everyone knows the term Frankenstein whether or not they have read the book. The book is considered by some, the very first science-fiction book and another book that targets the different morals of life.
The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank
The only autobiography on this list, The Diary of a Young Girl, is a diary of Anne Frank while she was in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Netherlands. It’s a must-read for anyone studying history and World War 2.
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All of these books are based on my personal opinion and research. What do you think are must reads for high school academically? Comment down below and share your thoughts!