25 Classic Books Sure to Be Found on Any Required Reading List

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We’ve procured some of the best-selling books from classic works that frequently appear on students’ required reading lists. Required summer reading for school may not always be every student’s cup of tea. Still, as those of us from previous generations look back at the experience it becomes hard to deny the impact that these classic novels had on our learning and worldview.

Here is our list of the books that most commonly appear on required reading lists for high school students:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Odyssey by Homer

Night by Elie Wiesel

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernes Hemingway

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Othello by William Shakespeare

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Beowulf by Anonymous

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


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