Their Eyes Were Watching God is my favorite. I loved anything that took me by surprise-- If I thought I knew how much I'd love or hate a book and was wrong-- bingo!
Also, The Sound and the Fury and The Glass Menagerie
For me, this past year has been fantastic in terms of assigned books. I read To Kill a Mockingbird, A Lesson Before Dying, and 1984- all of which I loved.
I really liked reading Wuthering Heights, as well as Crime and Punishment. I think I was the only one in my class that didn't hate those books though, haha.
I am no longer in school, but of the books I remember being assigned from junior high through h.s. graduation, I liked:
The Miracle Worker (the 1962 movie is also my favorite of all time)
...crap, I'm blanking now...
oh, I quite liked Black Like Me, I think I had to read that in my senior history class.
also I LOVED Lord Of The Flies, I kept reading ahead of the assigned pages for the day. It's the only book that's ever truly scared me.
I remember reading To Kill A Mockingbird in either junior or senior English class but hated it then. However, I came across it some ten years later at a store and started reading the first few pages and started getting into it, so I bought it. Long story short, it's one of my favorite books now.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
My school system doesn't assign many awesome books but I really liked this one.
The Yellow Wallpaper - all of our assigned books seem to have an underlying feminist message, but hey-ho that's what you get for going to the same school as Margaret Thatcher
"Brave New World"
Fantastic book. Creepy how close to the mark Huxley was getting to our own society that far back.
A Thousand Splendid Suns, totally worth a read.
To Kill a Mocking Bird
I was only ever assigned 2 books to read in secondary school: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, and Lies of Silence by Brian Moore.
Definitely Roll of Thunder was my favourite; the other being one of my least favourite books that I have *ever* read.
Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach
Although a little explicit on content at one very brutal moment this book was amazing and showed to me pacing like no other book could. Ian McEwan can show the wingbeats of a hummingbird in slow motion before heartbreakingly speeding through the rest of someones life. A beautiful but ultimately sad read which wouldn't of been found without my college teacher.