"Kaffir Boy" by Mark Mathabane was the book that impacted me the most.
— Denise Hill, Chicago
"Advise and Consent" by Allen Drury and "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell.
—Nikki Rosati, Franksville, Wis.
"A Clockwork Orange," by Anthony Burgess. Very impactful!
— Tricia Lewis, Lafayette, Ind.
"A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens ... the first required reading that knocked my socks off! I remember hiding it behind my chemistry book (sorry, Sister Roberta) so that I could read during science class.
— Kathy Shaughnessy Lawson, Glen Ellyn
The "Harry Potter" series; they kept me quite entertained during boring classes. :)
— Sarah Hand Whittington, Urbana
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X."
— Arlene Jones, Chicago
H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath."
— Brendan Tripp, Chicago
John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" was definitely the best book I read in high school back in the late '60s. I've read it at least three times since and will likely read it again. The images of the flies on the screen door of the diner on Route 66, the squalor of the immigrant camps in California, and the tenderness of Rose of Sharon cradling the old man in her arms will forever be etched in my mind.
— Judi Haugen, Wheaton
"A Separate Peace" by John Knowles and "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair.
— Elizabeth Manriquez, Brookfield
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