Books I Hated in High School

The Five Books I Really Hated Reading in School

Can I be honest for a second? I absolutely loved school. I loved learning and more than anything, I loved reading. English class was always my favorite. I rarely hated any of the books I got assigned, that is until high school. At the time, I felt the content got boring and dense. I felt the professors purposefully chose junk just to make us hate ourselves. I grew to even slightly dislike reading. However, I realized when I got out of school and I was able to reread them for my own enjoyment, most of the books were actually wonderful. Here is a short list of books I hated reading in school.


1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (1954)


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It’s ninth grade and I am excited to no longer be a kid. I’m feeling simply invincible. Then we get assigned this book. The style writing didn’t bother me and I wasn’t as salty as I could have been about reading a book with only male characters. Actually, I was quite excited to start a book I had heard nothing about previously. However, this book just reminded me that I was still a kid and that felt like a huge slap in the face.


2. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)


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Tenth grade was a bad year for me, and reading Animal Farm did not help. With every word, all I could hear in my brain was the incessant oinking and screaming of farm animals. This is a great example of when having an active imagination is not a good thing. And at fifteen when I thought I was “finding myself,” the last thing I wanted to be reminded of was politics.


3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)


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In school I didn’t find any kind of romance interesting enough to read, so I couldn’t stand this book. I thought it foolish and a waste of time to spend pages upon pages rattling on about marriage and money. Simply put, I could not connect with any character or idea in the story and that made it a horror to read.


4. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)


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Les Mis is a wonderful book. Long, but wonderful. That being said, it is not wonderful having a mean teacher yelling at you to read because she has to and it’s “not hard.” The length of the book and the lack of consideration and kindness from the teacher overwhelmed me.


5. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (1911)


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I believe Ethan Frome is a book one would pick up if they are depressed or if it is summer vacation and all of their friends went away. I am not saying all books assigned should be happy but this one was a real downer.


I am in no way saying that these books are bad. But reading them in high school for work that was to be graded while I had so many other things to focus on… talk about stressful. I can say, to anyone who hates reading something in school, read it again when you are outside of that academic setting. You may find that you still don’t like it (cough cough Pride and Prejudice cough) or you may have a completely different experience the second time around.


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