Top 5 books you had to read in high school

My top 5 are all of the books you’d actually enjoy reading in school


We all remember those classics we hated reading for school. Now it’s time to find one you’ll love.

Gabby Buchholz, Copy editor

  1. “Lord of the Flies”: A classic about schoolboys being stranded on an island, LOTF clearly defines human nature in extreme situations. This tale of survival is exemplified by the warring factions created by two rival characters, Ralph and Jack. If you’d like to see what you’d probably do in the apocalypse, then this book is for you.
  2. “In Cold Blood”: While a bit darker, ICB is another fantastic novel of humanity and the lasting effects of dark decisions. This book is the nonfiction journey of a murdered family in Kansas, from the day of their death to the day their killers die as well: on death row. Highly recommended for any true crime fan- just don’t read it when you’re home alone.
  3. “The Glass Castle”: Another nonfiction, this time a memoir, TGC is Jeanette Walls’ childhood summarized in 289 pages. It changes the way you perceive your own family, and how you live. Can you find all that you need in the materialistic world, or in those around you? And at the end of the day, what do you owe to your family?
  4. “The Kite Runner:”: Sorry for all of the dark novels on this list, but they’re the ones who are the most memorable (TKR included). It follows the lifelong journey of Amir from his childhood in Afghanistan, to his journey back to his home country as an adult. The novel prominently features themes of guilt and redemption, and these follow Amir for decades. If looking for a good cry, then this is the book for you.
  5. “Animal Farm”: This book is one giant metaphor. Published in 1945, it tells the story of farm animals and the society they create after running their farmer off of his farm. From the beginning it’s clear satire of communism: we see the pigs of the farm lying to the other animals, saying all are equal, but some animals may be “more equal” than others. For a peek into how people viewed communism around the time of the Red Scare, this book is the best tool.