I really liked Red Badge of Courage and All Quiet on the Western Front. I feel crazy for saying that because everyone else said those books were beyond boring. I guess the reason I liked them is because my teachers didn't make us over analyze them, so I actually got to enjoy them. So many good books were ruined by having to analyze every single sentence.
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
Both of these books are freaking amazing.
To Kill a Mockingbird.
I couldn't choose just one but heres a short list
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden
The Giver by Lois Lowry
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reading Great Expectations in my freshman year introduced me to Charles Dickens, starting a chain reaction which completely broadened my taste in literature to things I would have never thought that I would enjoy.
There aren't any books this year which I've enjoyed, but that's probably because the only thing we've been assigned is The Crucible...
probably the simple gift
we usually get assigned books I don't like
Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, and The Great Gatsby
Lord of the Flies or Private Peaceful.
So far The Outsiders, Of Mice And Men, and Hunchback.
Brave New World was by far the best assigned reading I've ever gotten. Strictly speaking, it wasn't assigned -- it was for more of a lit circle type thing, so we got to choose what book we would be assigned...
The best ACTUALLY assigned book I've ever read was 1984. :) What can I say? I'm big on dystopias.
Well.. I know my honors English class will be assigning 1984 and Brave New World.. but I already read them.. so does that count? Those are two amazing books.
Other than that, Hiroshima by John Hersey was very moving, and from back in sixth-ish grade, The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Candide by Voltaire was entertaining as well.