08/29/2014 11:47 EDT | Updated 08/29/2014 11:59 EDT

The Best Classic Books: 10 Books You Probably Didn't Appreciate As A Teen

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We all have it: that book that you were forced to read in school that you either deeply hated or simply didn't get.

It could have been historical fiction, an allegorical tale or even something written in the '40s. The point is, you didn’t understand why it would be relevant to the life of a modern-day teenager and vowed never to crack its cover again.

But have you re-read some of those curriculum classics as an adult? Many of the books we found boring as teenagers were actually just flying over our heads. It turns out that the benefit of years of life experience, improved reading comprehension, and a wider base of cultural references can make you see books you used to hate in an entirely different light. You might now be able to appreciate how The Great Gatsby has influenced other works, or see the pride in the title character of The Old Man and the Sea.

Here are 10 books you probably didn’t fully appreciate when you had to read them, and the lessons they’ll teach you if you pick them up again, with intention, today.

Which ones would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below:

10 Books You Didn't Appreciate As A Kid