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Top 10 assigned reads that are worth the time

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With summer right around the corner and the warm weather approaching, it’s the perfect time enjoy the sun and grab one of these classic but underrated books:

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

The 1960 classic is a must read for most students for good reason. The novel focuses on the topics of racism and discrimination through the eyes of children. It challenges the social norms in ways that teach the reader as well as the children how the world operates.

“Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls

This novel is the memoir of Jeannette Walls about her nomadic family and how her early years were shaped. It follows the ups and downs that they experienced together as a family. The story goes to show that one is unable to choose their family, but they can decide what to do with their future.

“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck

“Of Mice and Men” follows the narrative of two farmhands through California during the Great Depression. Their story is filled with heartache and hope, and its ending will leave you speechless.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In celebration of the coming of 2020, read “The Great Gatsby” in order to kick off your roaring 20s right! Filled with extravagant parties and watchful eyes, “The Great Gatsby” is one that will not disappoint.

“All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque

“All Quiet on the Western Front” is a novel that covers the German experience during World War I. It covers the soldier’s home lives to their struggle on the battlefield with a unique lens that most American readers would not expect.

“Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers

This novel by Walter Myers follows a group of soldiers during the Vietnam War and their struggles for survival and sanity. With vivid descriptions and loveable characters, “Fallen Angels” is a must-read for all readers.

“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie tells the tale of Junior Spirit, a young cartoonist and Native American teen, as he leaves his reservation’s school system for a while school in order to follow his dreams of creating comics. He finds himself not belonging to either world and must find balance.

“The Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller

This stage play was written by Arthur Miller and while it may have a slow start, the story beautifully critiques what it means to be a man in America and the unattainable American Dream that is so sought-after.

“Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville

How many allegories and metaphors can fit into one book? All of them. All of them fit perfectly into Moby-Dick.

“Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka

This novella drops the reader into the life of a man who overnight transforms into a cockroach. Readers are able to watch as this human-sized bug tries his best to cope with his new world.

Roxanne Roessner

Wright Life and Laker Life Editor

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