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18 Required Reads You Should Actually Read

Whether or not you’re actually kicking off the 2017-18 school year, it’s a great time to revisit some of the classics that you may have only read via sparknotes. Here are just 18 of my favorite required reads that definitely deserve a second look now that you’re older, wiser, and can swap out that teacher’s apple for an apple-tini.

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Leave me a comment, is your fav on this list? What did I miss?

  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  7. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  8. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  12. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  13. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  14. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  15. The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien
  16. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  17. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  18. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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“Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.”
― Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon


  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz green apple schnapps
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
  • maraschino cherry to garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain and pour into martini glass. Garnish with cherry. 

2 thoughts on “18 Required Reads You Should Actually Read

  1. So many good books! Some of my favorites were East of Eden, Wuthering Heights and Cry the Beloved Country. Still have my copies today 🙂

    The book I always struggled enjoying was The Great Gatsby – did you have to read that one? We read it the same summer as The Grapes of Wrath, which I LOVED, and it was hard to care about TGG characters compared to TGoW characters. I haven’t read it since, but just thinking about it makes me somewhat annoyed 😑


    1. We did have to read The Great Gatsby, that’s actually my copy from high school in the photo. We didn’t read The Grapes of Wrath, but maybe now I’ll add it to my list! I know how you feel though, many of the characters are frustrating, but I’ve read TGG multiple times and I think I end up liking it more the more I read it.


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