what's your favorite book you've been assigned to read?
mine's The Outsiders

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The Giver I haven't been assigned many books to read though so I don't really have a good opinion.
The Catcher in the Rye, it was so cool for a school book.
I've never been a huge fan of assigned books. I'm fine with teachers analyzing them, but not when they overdo it. Plus they always make us read so slow, and most of the books are ones I would have liked if I had read them on my own. There are a few I've really liked despite all of that, though.

~Jurassic Park
~Animal Farm 

I feel so lucky! My class at college this year was studying love through the ages, so there were assigned texts of Othello, Much Ado, The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights. But apart from that my teacher let us basically choose what we wanted to read.


So technically they were assigned texts just not actually assigned by the teacher. I read a lot of Ian McEwan, Chekov and many other Russian writers as that was were my interests were leading me :) Great fun!

Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis
Don't know why but I really loved it...
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, read for the Junior Certificate Exam, fantastic book, not lacking anywhere,

Out of a lot of books which I probably don't recall...

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (GREAT NERDFIGHTER BOOK)

Fahrenheit 451

My Side of the Mountain

The Tale of Two Cities

The Adventures of Huck Finn

Black Boy (which is now banned at my school... which is sad.)

Shakespeare this year. Last year my teacher didn't go through it as thoroughly as I would've liked, but this year I loved it. Plus we did Romeo and Juliet and it just annoyed me.

I'm relieved to see Fahrenheit 451 here, though. It's my book for summer reading. :)  

The Scarlet Letter. I read it in high school and I really fell in love with the story. Ive seen the silent film so many times as well.
Of Mice And Men! It was direct. I liked how it was condensed and you could take in the whole story in one sitting. I'm still in awe of the book because it still thoroughly managed to create character you could identify with. It's a book someone of lesser reading skills could enjoy. It's also littered with symbolism and other literary elements that are absolutely gorgeous. It's a bit of a downer, but I adored it.
We've only been assigned to read Death of a Salesman so far, so I don't really have any other assigned book to compare it to. I didn't read it before studying it in class, but I looked through a few pages and was kind of hesitant to study it. But after we read it critically in class, I started to really enjoy it. I wouldn't say that it's a favourite book of mine, but I still consider it a really good book. We're studying The Great Gatsby next year and I'm so excited.


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