10 Modern and Timeless Classics that You Should Read Before Leaving High School

As you begin to plan your life after high school, one could feel overwhelmed by the sudden change in priorities and responsibilities. Take some time before you enter this new world of adulthood to look at some of these classic reads. You can use the OverDrive resource to read these books as eBooks or eAudiobooks on your computer, tablet, phone, or on your Kindle device. This diverse bildungsroman list includes classic and modern books that are not to be missed! 

Modern Classics: 

  1. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler 
  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  3. Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
  4. There There by Tommy Orange 
  5. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui 
  6. The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater
  7. Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli 
  8. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 
  9. It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 
  10. Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Timeless Classics: 

  1. 1984 by George Orwell 
  2. The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 
  5. Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck 
  6. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
  8. Native Son by Richard Wright 
  9. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 
  10. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

You can access these books and more for free using the OverDrive resource with your Student Library eAccount. Whether you need a book to read for pleasure or a class, this online resource is full of hundreds of books, audiobooks, manga and graphic novels for kids, teens and adults.

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