BOOKS I HAD TO READ FOR HIGH SCHOOL, RANKED

  1. 14.
    Anthem by Ayn Rand
    I hate Ayn Rand I just I do
  2. 13.
    Silas Marner by George Eliot
    tbh this and Ethan Frome like combined in my head. I don't remember much.
  3. 12.
    Edith Frome by Edith Wharton
    see above. I had to Google to even remember the title. S/O to the Wikipedia page "Novels set in Massachusetts," without it I never would have figured out what it was called.
  4. 11.
    Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    look I'm sure this is a great, touching book. Except we never read it or got to learn anything relevant to it at all bc my teacher was OBSESSED WITH KONY 2012. Remember that? We spent a WHOLE SEMESTER on it! Wtf
  5. 10.
    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakepeare
    least favorite Shakespeare I have EVER read. Stupidest idea ever to have fourteen year olds read smth with a fourteen yr old protag: nobody likes to hear vast generalizations abt their age group. Also, it just isn't deep darkness of my soul angsty emo Kylo Ren enough for me. I know.
  6. 9.
    Night by Elie Wiesel
    a really powerful book. I remember that its affect was palpable on my classmates, even ones that were kind of douches. These days with standardized testing they really pound literary device terms into student's heads, and for this book it was 'imagery'.
  7. 8.
    Julius Ceasar by William Shakespeare
    I actually liked it, from what I remember, but I will have to revisit. Def could not reference it in an essay rn. Like I can't even picture the Sparknotes of the themes. Et tu Brute amirite
  8. 7.
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Such a good book! This was a summer reading assignment, but I really liked it and read it in like two sittings because it was interesting. Also, there's a Radiolab episode about it.
  9. 6.
    Native Son by Richard Wright
    Good book, racist teacher
  10. 5.
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    This ending made me very, very sad. Like to the point where eating certain foods they eat in the book, like baked beans with ketchup, would make me sad. Also, my teacher said the title had nothing to do with how Lennie killed mice and she was honestly p salty towards me, and like, it could have to do with how he killed mice okay.
  11. 4.
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    OUT DAMN SPOT AMIRITE
  12. 3.
    All My Sons by Arthur Miller
    I was binge watching Breaking Bad while reading this. Bryan Cranston as Joe Keller would be amazing.
  13. 2.
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    I loved the experience of reading this play, because I loved the group I read it with. I mean, it's really good already. But it was even more iconic.
  14. 1.
    A Seperate Peace by John Knowles
    LOVE this book. It is basically is kind of like what Looking for Alaska is going for, except it's at an all boys school during WWII. The first literary work in like a physical book I read that had homoerotic elements. Bless.