20 indispensable high school reads Stephen Merrill

Books play a very important role in everyone’s life, especially in students’ lives. They are our best friends because they inspire us to do great things in life and overcome our mistakes. We learned a lot from them. Books are our best companions because they give us unconditional knowledge without asking for anything in return.

Friendship with good books makes you a good person. If there is no one to help you, only these people will be your life partner. Books will always be by your side during difficult times, adding positive value to our lives.

Importance of books in high school

It is worth for students to say: 

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

A good book is like a good friend; the more you read it, the more interesting it becomes. They are always good for readers. Books

1. Tell us about the History

2. Teach Positive values, Spirituality and Love

3. Make us Intelligent

4. Increase self-confidence, enhance memory and imagination

5. These are also the library of information

As said by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam –

“Learning gives Creativity, and Creativity leads to Thinking, Thinking provides Knowledge, Knowledge makes you Great.”

20 indispensable reads for high school

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The final section of our high school must-read list is filled with perennial favorites, like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, dominating.

THE LIST OF INDISPENSABLE BOOKS FOR HIGH SCHOOLS

1. To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s groundbreaking coming-of-age story takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. Top topics of interest to high school students: racial injustice, moral and spiritual growth, courage and integrity, innocence and experience.

2. Nineteen Eighty-Four

Shortly after the nuclear war, George Orwell’s vision for a totalitarian future reduced the geopolitical map to three superpowers: Eurasia, Oceania, and East Asia. Top topics of interest to high school students: totalitarianism and state power, surveillance, individual liberty, the nature of truth, the power of propaganda.

3. Lord of the Flies

The story of William Golding’s shipwrecked man who builds a violent society on a desert island. Main topics of interest to high school students: civilization and governance, social and moral order, barbarism and primitivism, cruelty, leadership, injustice.

4. Animal Farm

George Orwell’s fable traces the emergence of Soviet Russia.

Main topics of interest to high school students: totalitarianism and state power, individual liberty, the variability of historical truth, the power of propaganda, the cult of personality. 

5. Catcher in the Rye

The reclusive J.D. ‘s most popular novel, Salinger, told from the perspective of notoriously irreverent teenager Holden Caulfield. Main topics of interest to high school students: Unreliable narrators, personality and identity, social alienation and rebellion, social mores and rules.

6. The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck’s Depression-era classic about impoverished dust storm refugees fleeing west to California. Main topics of interest to high school students: wealth and poverty, injustice, social and political politics and governance, biblical topics such as judgment and redemption.

7. Invisible man

Ralph Ellison’s musings on the impact of race, told from the perspective of an African-American narrator rendered invisible by the color of his skin. Top topics of interest to high school students: Race and racial injustice, identity, ideology, and belief systems.

8. The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho tells the story of a Spanish shepherd who travels to Egypt to find his destiny. Main topics of interest to high school students: Adventure and Courage, Hope, Destiny.

9. Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut’s dark, absurd comedy centers on the devastating arson attack in Dresden during World War II. Main topics of interest to high school students: nonlinear narratives, unreliable narrators, existentialism and absurdism, the true nature of war.

10. The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel chronicling the rise of America’s theocratic government dedicated to the oppression of women. Top topics of interest to high school students: totalitarianism, patriarchy and misogyny, surveillance, politics and governance, gender roles.

11. The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age lyric novel about the idealist James Gatsby – and the nature of the American Dream. Top topics of interest to high school students: Jazz Age, American Dream, Wealth and Class, Idealism.

12. The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison tells the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young, often abused African-American girl who dreams of blue eyes – in a It’s a tangible sign of acceptance in a world dominated by white beauty and belonging. Top topics of interest to high school students: identity, race and racial injustice, effects of abuse, beauty and ugliness, madness.

13. Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck’s story tells the story of an unlikely — and tragic — friendship between two men of very different intellectual levels. Top topics of interest to high school students: friendship and loyalty, character, cruelty, and compassion.

14. Macbeth

Shakespeare portrays an ambitious Scottish warrior who aspires to be king and who commits murder in order to achieve his goals. Main topics of interest to high school students: The nature of evil, power and ambition, madness, chaos and disorder.

15. Brave New World

Aldous Huxley’s thin novel envisions a future “utopia” of perverse qualities – while humanity succumbs to an excess of pleasure, amusement, and hedonism. Top topics of interest to high school students: genetic engineering, state power, drug use, individualism, and society.

16. The Road

Cormac McCarthy’s dark novel about a boy and his father searching for safety in a post-apocalyptic world. Main topics of interest to high school students: good and evil, death, apocalypse, cruelty, hope and despair.

17. Their Eyes Were Watching God

A folklore novel by Zora Neale Hurston about the life of Janie Crawford, an African-American woman in Jim Crow’s South in the early 20th century . Top topics of interest to high school students: gender roles, race and racial injustice, effects of abuse, representation of American dialects, nature of love.

18. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chobowski’s coming-of-age letter follows Charlie, an introverted and emotional high school freshman. Top topics of interest to high school students: Introversion and Extroversion, Teen Romance, Alcohol and Drug Use, Effects of Abuse.

19. Persepolis

Graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, an autobiography detailing growing up in Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Top topics of interest to high school students: graphic novels, Iranian culture, politics and religion, war.

20. Night

Elie Wiesel’s alternate memoir is based on his experiences in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Top topics of interest to high school students: good and evil, the Holocaust, faith and doubt, the Jewish experience.

About the article

Books play a very important role in everyone’s life, especially in students’ lives. They are our best friends because they inspire us to do great things in life and overcome our mistakes. In this article, we discussed the importance of books. We also discussed the 20 indispensable reads of high school.

Jack Marque

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