3 Required Reading Books We Love

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, why not take a stroll down the lane of some of the books that we were required to read in school? Not all of those required books were bad, some of them were actually great. So, consider this a thank you to the teachers that brought good books into our lives.

1. The Catcher in the Rye by  J.D Salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye is a story about a boy named Holden, who has been expelled from boarding school. He goes a journey throughout New York, and searches for meaning in life. As a teenager, I loved this book, and out of all the books I read in high school, this one felt like there was finally a character that was interesting to read about. Holden did some questionable things throughout the novel, but he was just lost and confused. It’s one of those stories that make you think, and it’s also one of the books that I still have on my shelf today.



2. Holes by Louis Sacher

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Holes is about a boy named Stanley, who gets sent to a camp that makes the young boys dig holes all day. I read this in elementary school and I just loved it. It was different and way more  interesting than the other books I had read back then. It was also just a fun book to read. The whole mystery behind why the Warden was making the boys dig the holes, and Stanley’s family curse, and Zero’s missing mom. So much fun! I read past the required chapters because I just couldn’t put it down. It would be cool if this book was still required in Elementary school.

3. Night by Eli Wiesel

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Night is an autobiographical novel that tells the story of Elie Wiesel, and his time spent in concentration camps during the holocaust. I read this in high school. It was my first time learning about the holocaust, and it just broke my heart. One of the assignments we had to do after reading this was to write a letter to Elie, and I remember pouring my heart out. I know a lot of teachers suggest The Diary of Anne Frank, but I’m so glad my teacher assigned this book instead.



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