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13 Illuminating Books That Should Be Required Reading

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts

Good morning, class. Raise your hand if you actually read your summer assignments, Great Expectations and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Yes, raise your hand i...

This Book About What It’s Like To Be A Girl In America Should Be Required Reading

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.06.2016 | Arts

If you read one book before fall briskly ushers in a new season, it should be the story of August, a black girl living in Bushwick in the 1970s, when ...

#1 Dumbest Idea The NRA Has Had This Year

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.14.2016 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

What Big Bullets You Have, Grandmother! One section of the National Rifle Association's website is endearingly named "NRAFamily." It includes a series...

28 Pieces From 2015 That Should Be Required Reading For Women

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women

If eyes are a window into the soul, writing is a window into an author's mind. And very often, that mind is dizzyingly interesting and contains insigh...

28 Pieces From 2014 Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray & Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.22.2014 | Women

In the social media age, sometimes it feels like the relevance of a single story lasts about as long as it takes to tweet about it. It can feel like a...

7 Reasons Why 'Harry Potter' and 'LOTR' Should Be Required Reading

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 02.10.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

Students would be more actively engaged and wouldn't dread coming home to do boring "homework." Instead, they would embark on innumerable journeys at night and come to appreciate the art of storytelling.

School Required Reading That Will Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.22.2014 | Home

They're called "classics" for a reason.

'12 Years A Slave' Heading To The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Director Steve McQueen's movie "12 Years A Slave" has caused quite a splash in Hollywood, and now the critically-acclaimed film is heading to the clas...

24 Pieces From 2013 That Every Woman (And Man) Should Read

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray and Lori Leibovich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Thought-provoking, hilarious, heart-wrenching writing by women was everywhere this year -- despite some suggestions to the contrary. So for the second...

Why Reading Is Essential

Posted 10.08.2013 | Home

The following is Walter Mosley's introduction to "Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013" [Mariner Books, $14.95]. When asked to write the introd...

11 Required Reading Books You Should Re-Read

Madeleine Crum | Posted 09.10.2013 | Home

Which required reading books (and plays, and epic poems) should your blow the dust off of now that you're older, wiser, and no longer snickering too m...

What Is the Class of 2017 Reading?

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Noah Fitzgerel

While many recent high school graduates, myself included, are spending their respective summers pursuing a variety of activities, many of them have one thing in common -- required reading.

The 10 Most Important Life Lessons From High School Required Reading

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen

The most important things you take away from high school are generally learned outside the classroom -- chances are, you won't remember anything from ...

Required Reading For Women 2012

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 12.04.2012 | Women

As editors, we're always churning out, reading and, let's be honest, sometimes skimming stories, it can be hard to remember what we read last week, mu...

9 Required High School Reads that Ended Up My All-Time Favorites

Karielle Stephanie Gam | Posted 01.30.2013 | Teen
Karielle Stephanie Gam

These 9 fabulous books are my ALL-TIME favorites, meaning they mingle with the brilliance of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and are currently up in my mental "to read... again and again and again" bookshelf.

9 Books You Should Have Read In High School

Maddie Crum | Posted 11.28.2012 | Home
Maddie Crum

I packed my bags for college having read every single one of Shakespeare's plays and Twain's novels, but not knowing who Jorge Luis Borges or Doris Lessing were. This is a huge problem.

LOOK: Books Every Woman Should Read

Posted 08.15.2012 | Women

Back in March, we asked HuffPost staffers to suggest books every woman should read. Our slideshow, inspired by Frisky's '22 Books Every Woman Should R...

The 100 Best 'Back-To-School' Books

Tres Sugar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Women

School's almost back in session — have you finished your Summer reading? We may no longer have the pressure of a required reading list to motivate u...

The Beauty in Assigned Reading

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.25.2012 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

The true beauty of assigned reading is that it forces us to go out of our comfort zones. It allows us hear about different cultures and times, keeping our minds open to new opinions and perspectives.

How Books Kept Me From Burning in Hell

Charlie Carillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Charlie Carillo

For all the complaining I've done about my Catholic school education, I'm thankful for at least one of their policies -- the required summer reading list.

Salinger, Huxley, Steinbeck: Great Books Hated During Their Time

Cracked | Jacopo della Quercia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Many, if not most, of the books you were handed in high school as required reading were hated by critics and readers alike when they first hit shelves...

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Isn't So Great, Says WSJ's Allen Barra

The Wall Street Journal | ALLEN BARRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It's time to stop pretending that "To Kill a Mockingbird" is some kind of timeless classic that ranks with the great works of American literature. Its...