Now that the 2014 – 2015 school year is out, let's take a quick look at the 10 most popular books of the year — or, at least, the 10 books in highest demand based on copies sold.

10. The Scarlet Letter

It's not hard to see why The Scarlet Letter is still relevant today; it's psychological drama (but not the theatre kind of drama) at its best.

Plus, you can link this text with modern concerns about privacy — how much should your government (or Facebook or whatever) be allowed to know about what you do in your private life? And should they be allowed to punish you for it?

9. The Great Gatsby

Personally, I don't care whether you come from old money, new money, or no money. You just have to be kind. And boy howdy is there a dearth of kind characters in The Great Gatsby.

Fitzgerald's magnum opus shows us the ugly side of wealth using gorgeous language. Is there a more loathsome character than Tom Buchanan in all the works of the literary canon? If you think there is, let us know who and why because that discussion could be rather fun.

8. Pygmalion

Poor, put-upon Eliza. Why, Higgins, could you not just show her a little kindness? It's all she wants, after all.

But then, of course, the play would lose some of its power and tension. Ever since the play's opening, audiences have clamored for some indication that Higgins and Eliza fell in love after the end.

Shaw, of course, refused to give this indication; indeed, he argued vehemently that such an ending would have been absolutely ludicrous given what precedes it.

7. Hamlet

Is Hamlet the first recorded work in which a character grapples with analysis paralysis? Well, no. But it's certainly one of the most important.

It's okay to consider your actions — in fact, I'd say it's highly recommended. But Hamlet takes this to a whole new level.

It was noted Canadian philosopher king Geddy Lee who said, "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice." And if you don't decide, what tends to happen is that someone else decides for you.

6. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

One of the most frequently challenged books ever penned, Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains a lightning rod for controversy. Debates still rage concerning whether the book is racist or anti-racist at its core.

Because of its subject matter, I can't think of a more quintessential work of American literature. If you want a perfect example of how historical and cultural contexts inform and affect the creation of a text (as well as how it's interpreted and understood by future generations), look no further.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's classic is a deeply moral tale that reflects the American South as it was at the time of the book's publication. Lee's stand in favor of human dignity and against racism deserves its place in the American literature canon.

4. Antigone

Conflicts of interest are always tough conundrums for characters to solve, especially when they pit family against duty (whether that duty is a just imposition is another thing entirely).

Antigone and her sister have to deal with such a conflict in Antigone, and things go downhill pretty quickly.

3. Macbeth

Kings hate him! Try* this book's one weird trick to make the remainder of your life one that's fraught with regret and abject horror.

*Note: Do not actually try this book's one weird trick. It is highly illegal.

2. Frankenstein

Frankenstein deserves all the accolades that have been bestowed upon it; it truly is a Gothic masterpiece. And to think Mary Shelley published it when she was just twenty years old!

Come to think of it, Victor might give ol' Tom Buchanan a run for his money.

1. Romeo and Juliet

Our best-selling title of the 2014 – 2015 school year is one that really needs no introduction. With situations and characters that high-school students can definitely relate to, it's no surprise that Romeo and Juliet continues to be popular today.