BOOKS I WAS FORCED TO READ THROUGHOUT SCHOOL, RANKED

Inspired by @tiupps (I wrote down the english title if I knew it)
  1. 27.
    Adi
    8th grade, German class. It's a novel about and from the point of view from young Hitler who's trying to settle as a student in Vienna. It's probably important but it was boring and I hated it. I think I was one of the three people in my class who read it entirely, though.
  2. 26.
    Woyzeck by Georg Büchner
    Actually, I didn't HAVE to read this. And I didn't. But I should have read it for literature club. I gave up after the first few pages.
  3. 25.
    Look back in Anger by John Osborne
    11th grade, English. I think I read it entirely and found it pretty boring, but well that was okay. What killed me was the movie that we watched. I think I actually fell asleep - and my teacher was sitting right next to me.
  4. 24.
    The curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon
    9th grade, English. We had a terrible teacher and most of the time it was us correcting her whether than the other way round. A few weeks (3 maybe?) before summer break she wanted to make us read this. Disclaimer: we didn't. I read the first few pages and I remember not liking them too much.
  5. 23.
    Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
    11th and 12th grade. This is the book we wrote our English A-Levels about. So pretty important. But 3/4 of it bored me and I think I still haven't read the last two chapters. I read the Epilogue, though!
  6. 22.
    Das Austauschkind by Christine Nöstlinger
    5th grade, German. Honestly, I don't remember this book. But I remember that it was our choice what to read and I wanted to read "Island of the blue dolphins" by Scott O'Dell (that I actually already read and that was my favorite book at that time). But my teacher said we were too young for that because it said "12 years and up" on the cover.
  7. 21.
    Agnes by Peter Stamm
    11th grade, German. One of the three books for our A-levels. Our teachers thought it would be the one we enjoy most, since it's the most modern, but I definetely didn't. "Agnes is dead. A story has killed her." Arrrgh, I still can't get it out of my mind! What about you, @theworldofann ?
  8. 20.
    Damals war es Friedrich by Hans Peter Richter
    I know that we read this at some point in German class, because otherwise I wouldn't own it. But I can't remember it. I guess I didn't like it very much.
  9. 19.
    Maria Stuart by Friedrich Schiller
    9th grade, German. Most of my class mates enjoyed this book more than I did - which is weird because usually I was the one who at least likes the classics we read and they hated them. But I just didn't get into this one.
  10. 18.
    That one book we read in Spanish that I can't remember at all
    10th grade. I don't know if I read the whole thing or not. I think it was about a dictatorship in South America - Argentina maybe?? From the little I remember about it, it wasn't that bad as a book, but pretty hard to understand. And it was Spanish. And I didn't like Spanish.
  11. 17.
    Der zerbrochene Krug by Heinrich von Kleist
    We read this in our literature club in 10th grade. We had a lot of fun with it, but that's more because we made fun of it (and me for the role I played...) than because we enjoyed reading it.
  12. 16.
    Un pacte avec le diable by Thierry Lenain
    9th grade, French. I just came back from a two month exchange in Fontainebleau where I read Emile Zola with great joy and they gave me... This? It wasn't bad, it's just that it was way too easy for me. I finished the whole thing in one day and then we worked on it in class for like FOUR months. I was dying of boredom.
  13. 15.
    Ansichten eines Clowns by Heinrich Böll
    10th grade, literature club. I can't remember much of it, but I remember being impressed by the play we went to see based on this book. Is this the book where a rape happens in one - ? @theworldofann , do you remember??
  14. 14.
    Der Schimmelreiter by Theodor Storm
    8th grade, German. I was soooo afraid of that teacher. But we learned a lot with him - which is great. This book was okay, not one of my favorites but not bad. And working on it in class didn't even destroy that impression!
  15. 13.
    The Wave
    7th grade, German. Again, we could decide what we wanted to read. I voted for Anne Frank's diary... Well. This book is pretty hard, but very important and I'm glad our teacher made us read it.
  16. 12.
    Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller
    8th grade, German. Wow, we read a lot that year. I never noticed that before. This one is a classic. Everyone reads it in school. It's okay, almost good. It's great concerning citations you can use in everyday life to sound smart.
  17. 11.
    Homo Faber by Max Frisch
    I read this first for literature club. It's not bad but not really my style. Additionally, it's the second book we needed to read for our A-levels. Working on it in class destroyed my good opinion for the most part.
  18. 10.
    Un secret by Philippe Grimbert
    12th grade, French. Required reading for the A-levels. It's not bad and interesting and helped me a lot in History class, actually (It's about the Holocaust). But it's not one I would pick to read in my free time.
  19. 9.
    Danton's death by Georg Büchner
    12th grade, German. After my experience with "Woyzeck" I wasn't really happy about this being the third book I needed to read for my A-levels. But it turned out to be the one I liked the most. Even though I was pretty much alone with that opinion.
  20. 8.
    Née en France by Aicha Benaissa
    11th grade, French. The second book I needed to read for my A-levels in French. I actually liked it, even though I can't remember the ending. It's about a young girl with Algerian origins trying to live her life as she wants to. Working on it in class took a lot of my love for it away though. Now I'd say it's okay.
  21. 7.
    Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    12th grade, German. We read this after our final exams, so noone wanted to. But I agreed with our teacher that you can't leave High School without reading it. I even read it on vacation before we needed to read it in class and liked it a lot. But then we started to work on it and that just destroyed it. So I stopped paying attention to what my teacher said.
  22. 6.
    Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    12th grade, English. Again, we were supposed to read this after our final exams. But it was so hot outside and well, it was AFTER our final exams... I agree, that it's bad to leave High School without reading even just one Shakespeare play, but I admit that I haven't finished this yet. Shame on me.
  23. 5.
    Sherlock Holmes: The speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle
    6th grade, English. It was the first book I ever read in a foreign language. I can't remember working on it in class, but I remember the ending of the story (which is weird because I usually only remember the first few chapters and forget the ending - which is why I can read a book multiple times) and I think I liked it.
  24. 4.
    Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
    11th grade, German. Noone wanted to read this because it wasn't required for our A-levels. But we all did because we were afraid of our teacher. I liked it a lot and I still do, probably because we didn't work on it much.
  25. 3.
    The sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    10th grade, German. Everyone in my class hated it, but I loved it. I agree that it's weird for our modern reading habits and that it's cliché and kitsch, but I liked it. Deal with it.
  26. 2.
    King Oedipus by Sophokles
    10th grade, German. We read this when I was deep in my "I love greek mythology" phase, so perfect for me. I made a presentation about the meaning and importance of the gods in the play (which I got an A for, I think) and I just liked it. So much, that I read "Antigone" for fun.
  27. 1.
    Das Schlossgespenst by Mira Lobe
    1st grade, elementary school, German. The first book I ever read for school. I still own it and I admit that I still read it sometimes. It simply holds a special place in my heart.