Class of 2004 Reading List [9.1.00]

List 3 of your favorite books or short stories and why they are your favorites.

Asked this question in an informal class survey, the Class of 2004 responded with an amazing reading list.
Besides siting specific series authors such as J.R. Tolkien, mystery books by Lois Duncan, Agatha Christie, Lloyd Alexander and the Redwall series (just fun) as their favorites, they were in agreement most often about 5 in particular.

It's not surprising that at an International High School, one student admitted "I've read only Japanese books... " and another avid reader explained, "I read too much and I forget all my favorite books."

Top 5 Favorites

Other favorites and recommendations


Top 5 Favorite Books

Harry Potter
It allows my imagination to take over.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher 's stone, because I love suspense

Catcher in the Rye
The way it's told in the first person and how Holden is so open and descriptive.

Romeo and Juliet
I love the language and how it's so poetic

Scary book b/c what it describes could one day come true

To Kill a Mockingbird
The book to me seemed like it was able to both talk about a serious time and be incredibly funny
It has good life lessons.


Other favorites and recommendations

Absolutely Normal Chaos
It's a sort of funny book about a girl our age and it’s cool cuz I can Identify with the girl that it is about.
It's very funny and I can relate to the main character of the book
Annie's Baby. (Go Ask Alice)
I liked these books because they are all diaries of girls my age dealing with problems and consequences that make people think twice when they say, "It won't happen to me...", when it might.
I love books of survival, and this does a great job of showing the courage of humans.
Along Came a Spider
It was a movie that I saw in Washington D.C.
Angela's Ashes
Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler
It is suspenseful, with the likely hood of happening.
The Beach
Becoming Anna
It's interesting to see how she really is and what she's been through.
Black Boy
The Bluest Eye
Cat Among the Pigeons
Because when I started I couldn't stop.

Catch 22
Very interesting and somewhat confusing.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A Christmas Carol
because of Dickens wonderful writing techniques

The Compendium Maleficarum
Its cool to see what people believed in the 17th century and before

Dear Mr. Henshaw!!!!!!!!

Just like it

A great book, very creative and interesting.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
It's just such a great story and makes you feel good. It’s really well written.

"The Foundation"
It was a very good sci-fi

The Gilly

Girls Guide of Fishing and Hunting
It is extremely realistic and hilarious
The Giver by Lowis Lowry
Go Ask Alice
It is deep and intense but very interesting.

The Greatest Generation
Inspired me to do more research on the topic of WW2

Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Suess is a genius. I like all his books

H is for Homicide

Hand Carved Coffins by Truman Capote
its a very good short story

Helen Keller
It tells the life of a girl who is handicapped and over comes.

I am the Cheese

It Happened to Nancy

I Know This Much Is True
Altogether (the writing, plot, description) was very good and interesting

I know what you did last summer

J.R. Tolkien books
The Hobbit, Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring
They all were good books and they were also all from The Lord of the Rings.

Jane Eyre

K is for Killer
It is also scary and exciting

It's revelation to the hard lives of the poor during what most people glorify as the Romantic Era. Society has chosen not to make movies about the poor lower class and their dog like lives, but to glorify the Bourgeoisie.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Irving is a cool writer he describes Ichobod’s personality very well

Liars Club
… because it is interesting.


Lord of the Flies
It taught me a lesson about human nature

I like Roald Dahl!

Memoirs of a Geisha
because of its revelation to the Japanese culture

Mystic Uncle and the Magical Brigde by Jeffrey Winters
The author is a friend of my aunt's.

Nancy Drew

Next stop, Nowhere
Once again, I can really feel what the character is feeling.

Nine stories
All of the stories have very good endings and a good story

Not without my Daughter
It's true and really captivating!

Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
It has a lot of meaning in it.

The One

The Pearl

"The Perfect Storm"

The Phantom Tollbooth
It's so wacky. I love it.
It was extremely clever and funny

The Poisonwood Bible
It is well written and incredibly good and informative

Rainbow Six

The Read Dragon
It's very interesting and I read it just for fun because it's so good and enjoyable

The Red Pony

The Shining
… because it's scary and thrilling

Shiva's Fire
You get into the mood of the story at the first page

Silence Of The Lambs
( I like the characters, especially Hannibal Lector)

Simulacra and Simulation

Stuart Little

Tuesdays with Morrie
It taught me a lot of life lessons

The Umbrella Man by Roahld Dahl
… because it is absurd

Up Country

The Witches

Witch Storm by James Clemens
…because of its vivid descriptions of the settings.

Where the HeART is
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Wuthering Heights