8 Books That You Should Have Read in School but Didn't ...

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Many of my friends, myself included, regret not taking the time to read these books that you should have read in school, but didn’t.

They introduced us into a world of literary classics, and we took them for granted.

We found SparkNotes and read summaries of them, but never actually took the time to appreciate them as novels.2

I have gone back and re-read a few of the books they assigned in high school and have come to appreciate them on a much higher level.

While you may not be an avid reader anymore, there are still some great books that you should have read in school and that you should take the time to read now.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Even if you saw the recent movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby is one of those books that you should have read in school but didn’t.

I blew through the novel in high school and did not pay attention to the symbolism that the novel had to offer.

It gives readers a glimpse into the glamorous life during the Roaring '20s and is a favorite novel among those who take the time to read it.

2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Similar to The Great Gatsby, I did not appreciate this novel for all it had to offer in high school.

It tells about a true friendship and how hard life was during the Great Depression.

Not many books feature such a strong male relationship and you start to love both Lenny and George.

3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

When I started off reading The Catcher in the Rye, I was very turned off by how arrogant and rude Holden seemed.

It was very off-putting and eventually led me to put down the book before I even really got into it.

As I got older, I started to be intrigued by the idea of a main character that was so unlikable.

When I learned that this book is a semi-autobiography of J.D.

Salinger, it immediately changed my perception of Holden.

He became more human and I started to find reasoning behind his wrongful behavior.

Whether you love or hate Holden, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic novel that should be given a second chance by readers.

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