Required Reading: Books I Actually Didn’t Hate

by Hope Hanson
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Hello, everyone! I’m back today with another Top 5 Wednesday post! This one covers the (sometimes) dreaded required reading of English classes. Here’s this week’s prompt about favorite required reading books that turned out to be good:

We’re all forced to read for school at some point or another. Some of the books can be terrible, some can be good but you hated them because you were forced to read them, and some books can by fantastic regardless! This week, I’d love to see what your favorite required reading books were! And if you don’t have favorites, just do what you hated the most. We’re a measure of extremes over here on T5W.

(This month’s prompts were provided by Alex (The Scribe Owl). Top 5 Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey.)

So, here you have it: A list of five books I read for school that turned out to be more than just decent!

#5: Macbeth by Shakespeare

Okay, I’m not a big Shakespeare fan, and I won’t pretend I am. But I did genuinely enjoy Macbeth. There’s just something about this one that made me actually want to read it. (It might have been Lady Macbeth. It was probably Lady Macbeth. Or Banquo’s ghost.)

Find it here!

#4: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

Shakespeare Macbeth cover

Fun story: I read this for a Chemistry class, but I only realized I had to the day before the first class. So, I read the entire thing rapid-fire in one afternoon. I absolutely loved it, though! It was fun and entertaining, but still taught me some really cool facts. I definitely recommend this one, especially for those who love science! Honestly, though, I think anyone would enjoy it.

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#3: Night by Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel Night cover

I think everyone who’s read this book would agree that it is genuinely excellent. Night is just so powerful and impactful. Although the book covers an incredibly heavy topic, it’s one that inarguably needs to be covered. It might not be the book for you if you’re looking for something light and easy, but I think everyone should take the time to read Night at some point.

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#2: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus cover

If you’ve read my review of Purple Hibiscus, then you already know all about what I think of it! Still, for those of you who haven’t (which is probably most of you) it truly is an amazing book. The characters, the plot, the message, the writing itself…Adichie is a master of her craft. Seriously, reading this book just blew me away.

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#1: The Odyssey by Homer

Homer The Odyssey cover

To anyone who knows me, it should be no surprise that this tops my list. My love for history, especially mythology, is unparalleled! And The Odyssey is a classic staple when it comes to Greek history and mythology. Obviously, this has been praised time and again for a really long time, so I hardly need to add anything to all of that!

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That’s all for today. Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite required reading books were! Happy reading!

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