Everyone knows the books you were assigned in high school went mostly unread. You were either too lazy, uninterested, or simply did not like to read. The few you did actually read were drilled into the ground, and talked about to the point where your head almost exploded. As a result, you probably have bitter feelings and resentment toward many of the books you read during your time in school. Your high school English teacher was right about the worth of those books, however, and reading them as an older (hopefully, wiser!) individual, you are able to get more out of them. You may even come to cherish them.


1. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (christopherwink.com)

Ray Bradbury was a wise and prophetic man. The book revolves around a society where books are illegal and burned and entertainment consists of mindless technology. In many ways, the society in Bradbury’s novel is reminiscent of our own. Written in 1953, Bradbury has a remarkable insight to the evolution of modern society.






2. “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (cover.openlibrary.org)

The Jungle is well known for its description of the meat packing district in Chicago during the early 1900’s, but it is also a story about the heartbreaking struggle of a man to obtain the American Dream for himself and his family. The descriptive details throughout the book are a work of art that Sinclair executes with precision and depth. This may not be the most uplifting story, but it is important story describing the harrowing realities of thousands of immigrants.






3. “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (the-digital-reader.com)

The plot in the story revolves around young Scout Finch, whose father, Atticus, is a lawyer. It takes place during the depression era of the early 1930’s. Although there are many important themes present throughout the book, some of the most important include growing up, acceptance, and the ability to see through another’s eyes. This book is especially good for young adults, as they question who they are and what they stand for.







4. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (amazon.com)

If you are looking for a weird and darkly intriguing book, look no further than “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Not only is the satirical manner in which this book is written engaging, but the story of WWI soldier’s, Billy Pilgrims, travels through time and war will amuse and confuse you. Vonnegut has a distinctive style that is thought-provoking and bizarre.







What books have you revisited since high school? Let me know or tweet at me @whatsthesich