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40 Classic Books You Should Have Read in School

If you are anything like me, you wonder when a book stops being a regular book and starts being a “classic.” Interestingly enough, no one really knows. In fact, essays have been found debating the topic since the early 19th century. The term “classic” is accepted to mean that the book is noteworthy and stands the test of time. However, the noteworthiness of the book is also very subjective.
So how are you to know whether the book you are reading is a classic? Well, lucky for you, our employees know books. We conducted an extensive and amusing poll, consisting of the ever-so-technical question, “So, what do you think?” Without further ado, here are the Half Price Books employees’ selections for 40 Books You Should Have Read in School, a.k.a. Classic Literature.
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
2
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
4
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
5
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
6
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
7
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
8
East of Eden
East of Eden
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9
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
10
Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
11
Great Expectations
Great Expectations
12
Emma
Emma
13
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
14
Animal Farm
Animal Farm
15
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
16
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
17
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
18
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
19
The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray
20
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
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21
Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
22
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
23
Frankenstein
Frankenstein
24
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
25
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
26
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
27
The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
28
Ulysses
Ulysses
29
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
30
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
31
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
32
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
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33
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
34
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
35
On the Road
On the Road
36
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
37
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
38
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
39
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
40
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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