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23 Books You Didn't Read In High School But Actually Should

You probably SparkNoted these books before, but now's your chance to read them.

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2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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It blends innocence and triumph in a way that makes you learn something without actually feeling like you're learning. Also, you will fall in love with Atticus Finch.

3. Night by Elie Wiesel


The Jewish author was sent to Auschwitz at 15-years-old. This is his story of personal struggle, heartbreak, and passion. At barely 100 pages, you can't afford to not read this book.

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell


This novel will scare the crap out of you, and you will love it. Besides, Big Brother is watching, so it's not like you even have a choice now...

12. Animal Farm by George Orwell


This book is basically a satirical puppet show about a revolution. If anything, you should read it for this quote: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

16. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner


Everyone in this novel is pretty messed up, and that's refreshing. Also, James Franco is releasing a film adaption of the book, so you have to read it before that comes out, too.

18. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey


It uses literature's greatest heroes and villains to make you question authority, freedom, and reality. And Ken Kesey is an LSD-tripping, counter-cultural genius.

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