Top Five Books Read in School
Throughout your high school years, you read many books required by state or by the teacher. While a few of these books are widely considered insufferable, many become some of our favorites.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Mr. Cook teaches this riveting memoir in English III. It follows Walls’ life as she moves all over the country with her family. Madi Davis spoke about why she enjoyed this book so much: “It’s like people are always so self-absorbed in themselves and don’t think about the other situations people are in, so it helps you see through a different lense and [see] that not all the world is just like you.”
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Mr. Cook teaches this play in English III. After reading the play, which follows the Salem Witch Trials, students participate in a mock trial as either witnesses or lawyers. Emma Borton commented on why she enjoyed reading the play: “. . . it has a lot of interesting scenes, and it was fun to do the mock trial.”
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
This book tells the story of a few boys who survive a plane crash and land on a deserted island. Hailey Roberts stated why this was her favorite book she has read: “I like how the descent into madness is presented and how easily modern reality is able to wash it away. It shows that almost anyone is capable of getting to the point of insanity that the characters reach, but we are stopped by the morals created by our current society.” This book is taught by Ms. Schonhar for English I at GMC.
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Mrs. Rouse teaches this memoir in English II, depending on the year. It follows the life of Ishmael Beah when he is commissioned to become a child soldier. Denzel Nesbitt, a junior, told us why he liked it so much: “I like it because it lets you learn more about how things are over there. I had no idea it was that bad...it made me uncomfortable, but I loved it.”
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Johnathan Safran Foer
This book is taught by Mr. Cook in English III. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a unique book filled with codes and puzzles to decipher. It follows the story of a boy with Autism who lost his father in the 9/11 tragedy as well as his grandfather’s and grandmother’s lives. Riley Grubbs commented on why this was her favorite book: “The writing was really good and interesting, and it made me think a lot.”