Required Reading | Top 5 Wednesday [6]


Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Required Reading Books.

So if you’ve been to a North American High School, you know that in every English class you take there will be a book or several books you have to read in order to move on to the next grade. Let me tell you how much I struggled with required reading in school because they would always be books that just didn’t interest me one bit! Do you know how hard it is to force yourself to read a book that constantly puts you to sleep?

But don’t get me wrong, they weren’t all bad! The ones that made my list today are the ones that I actually enjoyed and wouldn’t mind re-reading in the future. So let’s get to it!

5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

MacbethMacbeth (full title The Tragedy of Macbeth) is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

Credits to wikipedia for the brief synopsis.

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and JulietThe play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.

Credits to wikipedia for the brief synopsis.

3. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mocking BirdThis wonderful book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a timeless classic. The story occurs in Maycomb County, Alabama during the Great Depression where a black man Tom Robinson is accused to raping a White woman. Despite the significant evidence pointing to Tom’s innocence, thee all white jury finds his guilty.

Credits to Goodreads for the brief synopsis.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great GatsbyTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Credits to Goodreads for the brief synopsis.

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The OutsidersThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a classic. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

Credits to Goodreads for the brief synopsis.

If you guys have not read any of these literary classics, then I highly recommend you do so. These are the books that ignited my love for literature and love for reading. I appreciate everything these books have taught me and I will take the lessons learned with me for the rest of my life.

Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. If only I could live in these worlds! So much more exciting then the one I live!

Until next time,


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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

16 thoughts on “Required Reading | Top 5 Wednesday [6]”

  1. I considered The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird as well but then I remembered that I hated Gatsby when it was assigned and liked it when I reread it a few years ago and I first read To Kill a Mockingbird before the teacher assigned it.
    Yea, Outsiders was good one too but I can’t hang with Shakespeare. The language throws me off.

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  2. Great list! I am ashamed to say that I have not read ANY of these. But I have studied two Romeo and Juliet films which I loved. I am planning to read To Kill A Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby soon, as I do own them. One of my favourite required readings is a novel called Jasper Jones. Its AMAZING, I read it this year and it’s one that will stay with me for a long time.

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  3. I really enjoyed Macbeth too, but it got beat out by other required reading books unfortunately! Also love Gatsby and TKAM but these were never required reading, I did write an essay on Gatsby by choice though, so don’t know whether it would have counted!

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  4. I remember having to read Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird in school and To Kill a Mockingbird was possibly the only text I really engaged with in school. My 14 year old self will always love that book.

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  5. Shakespeare was always my favourite required readings 😀 We got made to write a To Kill A Mocking Bird fanfiction in English class, it was so much fun haha.

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  6. I really love TKAM. It’s one of the only classics which I read and adored, and I REALLY need to read the sequel as well. I’ve been planning to read the original version of Shakespeare’s works, because hey, eventually I’ll have to read the non abridged version 😛 So we’ll see how that goes.

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