In high school we all had required reading, and if you were lucky then most of them were good, instead of the other way around. There’s a lot of popular classics that are used frequently in high school teaching, but I would suggest giving the list below a try!
Sadly since I’m in the middle of a Readathon I’m not going to go into detail with each one. I picked these books because I think they will be valuable in a certain subject and able to stir conversation. Also I think they would actually grab the attention of high schoolers (or maybe college students, especially for Homegoing).
More of these, less of The Scarlet Letter.
1 American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
2 Boxers & Saints – Gene Luen Yang
3 The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
4 Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
5 March – Rep. John Lewis
6 My Antonia – Willa Cather
7 Silence – Shusaku Endo
8 Sula – Toni Morrison
9 Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
10 The Turn of the Screw – Henry James