Reading List For High School Students

21K School · Feb 8, 2023 · 4 min read

Reading List For High School Students

Okay, book nerds, pay attention. Researchers sympathize with anyone if they have ever struggled to finish those high school reading assignments. However, no matter how book-obsessed people are, there are times when S.J. Maas’s constant stream of new releases is just HARD to handle. 

When one is already bogged down with projects and tasks, it isn’t easy to enjoy reading, regardless of how fantastic the book is. Furthermore, it’s not always simple to fall in love with a book the first time you read it, whether it’s a horrible summer reading assignment interfering with your enjoyable beach readings or a particularly challenging novel.

Here is a list of terrific books that you probably detested in high school but ended up liking after giving them a second chance:

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird is a compassionate, dramatic, and profoundly emotional book that explores the fundamentals of human conduct, including innocence and experience, kindness and brutality, love and hatred, humor, and melancholy. This local tale by a young Alabama woman claims international appeal, with over 18 million copies currently in print and translated into 40 languages. Harper Lee has always viewed her novel as a straightforward love story. It is regarded as a literary masterpiece in the USA even today.

Animal farm by George Orwell

One of the most biting satires ever written, this fantastic allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, abused animals and their struggle to create a utopia of progress, justice, and fairness is as razor-sharp now as it was more than fifty years ago. Yet, as readers read about the brutal rise and fall of the revolutionary animals, they start to see the germs of totalitarianism in even the most romantic of institutions and the souls of the cruelest oppressors in the strongest leaders.

The Divine Comedy By Dante Alighieri

Allen Mandelbaum’s translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy opens on Good Friday in 1300 in a dark wilderness. It continues on a journey that has evolved into the key used by Western civilization to solve the puzzle of its own identity due to its intense replication of the depths and heights of human experience.

Our greatest poets have hailed that brilliance as the primary role model for all poets, and Mandelbaum’s breathtakingly Dantean translation, which preserves so much of the life of the original, completes for us the masterpiece of that genius.

The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

The third book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY, is considered his most excellent work. Generations of readers have praised this fantastic Jazz Age tale. It is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. It tells the story of the extravagantly wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the stunning Daisy Buchanan, lavish parties on Long Island, and the time when The New York Times noted that “gin was the national drink and sex was the national obsession.”

The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye’s protagonist and narrator is Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old native New Yorker. He departs from his prep school in Pennsylvania under circumstances that tend to exclude adults and secondhand depiction, and spends three days underground in New York City. For us to conclude the youngster or his tale, he is both too simple and too complex. 

The safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in a world where he was nearly fatally impaled on beauty, not merely highly attracted to it. Children’s, adult, and underworld voices appear in this book, but Holden’s voice is the most powerful. 

He lets forth a finely phrased cry of mixed sorrow and joy, transcending his own vernacular while remaining marvellously committed to it. He does, however, reserve most of the suffering for himself, much like most lovers, clowns, and poets of the upper levels. He offers or puts aside his pleasure wholeheartedly. The reader who can handle it can retain it if they choose.

A Tale Of Two Cities By Charles Dickens

The elderly Doctor Manette is eventually liberated from the Bastille after spending 18 years there as a political prisoner and is reunited with his daughter in England. Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a dishonest but bright English lawyer, become entwined in each other’s lives due to their love for Lucie Manette. They are drawn against their will from the quiet streets of London to the bloody, vindictive streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, where they soon come under the deadly shadow of La Guillotine.

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