Ten (Fiction) Books I Read For School and Loved

I felt like I exposed a lot of holes in my education in my list of Ten Books I Feel Like Everyone Has Read But Me. I thought today I would share some of the (fictional) books I read for school and loved. Selections on this list range from those I read in elementary school to ones I’m reading today for college.

  1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz) – In my thoughts I wrote that I couldn’t decide if I liked or didn’t like this novel when I read it for my Introduction to Literature class sophomore year of college. I can tell you today that I love it.
  2. Flower for Algernon (Daniel Keyes) – This short tale helped me come to terms with my own learning disability. While everyone else in my eighth grade English class could not decipher the spellings, I was able to show off rather than be ashamed.
  3. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – A book I read my senior year of high school, I adore this tale about the darker sides of humanity. A reread is a must!
  4. The Giver (Lois Lowry) – I read this book in the seventh grade and still think about it to this day. I should definitely reread it soon.
  5. Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (Laila Lalami) – This collection of interconnected short stories was just fascinating. So glad it was assigned for my Introduction to Literature class sophomore year of college.
  6. Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison) – When I wrote my thoughts on this particular book I couldn’t decide if I loved it. However, it’s one of those books that really made me think about literature rather than just consume literature. I read Ellison’s novel in my senior year of high school.
  7. The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster) – I recently reread this novel and loved it just as much as I did when my teacher read it to my class in fifth grade.
  8. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) – I started my thoughts by saying I cringed when my classmates for senior (high school) English said they read SparkNotes instead. Please, go read this novel!
  9. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Patricia MacLachlan) – This children’s book was first read aloud to me in my fourth grade class. I’m still trying to find another (adult) book that addresses mail-order brides
  10. Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) – This book replaced Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as my favorite novel when I read it senior year of high school. That’s saying a lot. I also reread it in 2010.


  1. Can I confess that I LOVE going to college bookstores and seeing what the English classes have on their reading lists. I also love reading syllabi. Total nerd, I know. I’ve read several on your list but the only one I was assigned for school was The Invisible Man. What a great book!


    • Love looking at the all required reading lists! I basically want to buy all the books at the bookstore (except for mathematics and physics and chemistry; they can keep those!) and am often asking to borrow books from friends that they are required to read.


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