There is a popular reading challenge online that includes the 300-plus books read by Gilmore Girls' character, Rory, to prepare for college and a lifetime of learning. Some of the books are profound, others are obscure. Some are books and writers referenced often in popular discussions and academic circles. Some are books that contain vocabulary words not used in casual conversation, but that every high school student needs to know to prepare for college entrance exams.
When I talk with high school students, there are certain books I always suggest they read to help them prepare for their lives after high school. Some are already required reading in schools, but I know they might have skimmed through a CliffNotes version of it to prepare for a quiz. Others are books they might never have heard of, but will expose them to the art of critical thinking.
These are just the top 10 books I recommend to the high school students I talk to all the time. What other books would you recommend?
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