What book do you wish you could read in your English class at school?

52 thoughts on “What book do you wish you could read in your English class at school?

    • I’m with you. I found it to be overhyped and boring. I didn’t like Hazel either. Some of it just didn’t seem realistic. I was relieved to be done with it.

    • I think it was CinemaSins on youtube that described it as, “Insta-love with a touch of cancer.” John Green TRIED to explore a topic that touches everyone nowadays (A loved one dying from cancer or a similar disease) but he was so focused on the insta-love…. Ask any guy if staring at a girl until she asked him why would score him a date. I dare you. That first scene in the heart of Jesus, I’m calling shenanigans on it!

  1. I find many of the books on this list not very interesting. The least interesting being The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  2. I read hunger games in school sophomore year…and Percy Jackson was an extra credit assignment my freshman year…so…I chose Uglies because it kind of teaches you to be comfortable in your own skin…

  3. I wish that my school read the Knife of Never Letting Go by: Patrick Ness. It has some great themes but is also an engaging and thrilling read. We do read The Book Thief, which is one of my favorite books of all time, and we used to read the Hunger Games (until the movie came out).

    • Same here! And the Infernal Devices. Love Cassies books. But I think TMI was the best series besides TLH (cause Emma Carstairs)

  4. I’ve read a couple of these books independent of school and liked them, but I’m pretty against reading YA/teen books in an academic setting. I know, I know, but I really think traditional literature is the way to go, classic or modern. It’s something that I probably wouldn’t have done on my own, but now I have a whole different outlook on the reading experience because I read things like Jane Eyre, Heart of Darkness, and even The Road.

    • I agree entirely. Something like Divergent would be out of place in an English class. For instance, this year I’m reading The Odyssey. Now THAT’S a book you can analyze and learn stuff from, not just read because it’s popular and easy.

      That said, I’m in love with TFIOS and The Hunger Games, so I have to admit it would be fun to read them for extra credit. But as a class-wide assignment? No way.

  5. Some of these are completely inappropriate for an English class (assuming it’s a high school English class, of course). Those that are inappropriate are either at a fifth-grade reading level or simply have no real literary substance or merit. (I mean…Twilight? Really?!)

    I voted The Book Thief because I could analyze the heck out of that book. And it’d be awesome.

  6. I said the Fallen Series because they really pull you in. And because it has to do with heaven and hell, some schools won’t allow it. But I saw that every student should have there own choice in what they read. If you want students to read more, don’t make them read something there not even going to pick up. Let them pick there own book, of coarse it has to not only be appropriate for school, but for the age, aka 50 Shades of Grey.

  7. I said Ender’s Game. It was an optional choice for a summer reading project, but actually reading it in class would be fun. I agree with some others who said that this list is impractical; reading books that were written purely for entertainment and have little substance are not the best choices to read in school. However, I’ve also read some pretty terrible books in school, so I think what teachers choose to have us read does need to be reevaluated, particularly for middle school.

  8. The perks of being a wallflower is probably the best thing to read in English because of story. It isn’t all about love or fighting monsters, it’s a true view on what could be someones life. Nobody in reality says the things said in the fault in our stars or hunts after the monsters that took their parents. This books shows a view to something more real and struggles that some people actually go through. Plus everyone in the class can learn from it.

  9. I think The Chaperone would be interesting for English teachers to use its a historical yet scandalous and it deals with controversial topics that still go on today

  10. I put down A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift because who doesn’t love a good satire?

    Also, the reactions of people who think it’s actually an essay on how the cannibalism of poverty-stricken children can solve economical issues would be hilarious. Mm, baby flesh.

  11. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    I live in a state that’s -ah, very conservative *cough Utah cough* so we will most likely never study it 🙁 it’s a shame! it’s in my top three favorite books and I would have loved to read it in a class

  12. I really LOVE the Harry Potter series so I would love if my teacher would let us read it. I’m glad to have answered to this quiz!

  13. I say the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett because
    1. They are amazing books and everyone should read them
    2. Almost everything in the Discworld universe is a parody of something from the real world which provides a unique view on everyday occurrences and means that what you study from the book will be relevant to real life

  14. While reading Divergent, I felt much too deja vu which made the novel, though exciting and intriguing, predictable. I read it in a matter of … two or three days, it was a page turner, but I hated how much of a mix between Hunger Games and Harry Potter it was. Dunno, anyone agree?

  15. I really wanna read some manga (anime) in our class. I doubt that’ll happen unless it was an anime club or something.

  16. Totally Divergent, It would be an awesome book to read especially because people are in ‘factions’ of their own at school and this would just be very… eye-opening.and awesome.

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