U.K. Study Ranks Favorite School Reads

We know we’re not alone in remembering the dread of required reading. Even the most devoted bookworms have a title they remember falling asleep in mid-chapter, or accidentally letting the dog use it as a chew toy. For as wonderful as middle school and high school reads are in retrospect, they were (for many of us) the bane of our existence back in the day. Yet, through it all, we came away with a nostalgic appreciation for the titles and an itch to read them again, removed from a world of paper bag lunches, wedgies, and playing hooky.

These are the books that introduced us to literature and encouraged us to understand the artistry of books. Researchers at Oxford Home Schooling – interested in the reads that forged these early sparks of interest – started looking at the curriculum and asking around about people’s favorite books. Here’s what they found, broken down by percentage.


Animal Farm, 27.08%

Great Expectations, 20.3%

Lord of the Flies, 19.75%

To Kill a Mockingbird, 18.95%

Wuthering Heights, 17.96%

Macbeth, 17.1%

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 15.71%

Of Mice and Men, 13.77%

Charlotte’s Web, 12.62%

Dracula, 11.97%

An Inspector Calls, 10.17%

Frankenstein, 9.93%

Tess of the d’Urbervilles, 9.23%

Catcher in the Rye, 8.58%

The Great Gatsby, 7.48%

Much Ado About Nothing, 5.79%

The Color Purple, 5.34%

Journey’s End, 4.34%

Other, 20.7%


What school book inspired you to read? Share with us in the comments!