I've seen a few people mention 1984. Can anyone who's read this and related books like 451 Fahrenheit (which I haven't read) tell me if there's anything Orwell does that other books don't, or indeed if other books do it better, because I read 1984 and didn't really find all that much to scream and shout about :(
there is only one book I've been assigned to read that I've really loved and that is catcher in the rye. Also I'm a Shakespeare fan but the only play I've ever been assigned to read by him was Julis Caesar, so not his best play.
I hated Gatsby and great expections, I wasn't a huge fan of Tuesdays with Morrie even in gradeschool i disliked the book fringle which all my classmates seemed to adore.
I don't know if i really dislike these books as much as I dislike being told what to read. Except for Gatsby. Gatsby was so boring I refused to read it and to this day it is the only time I actually have failed an assignment and test. Like I physically could not bring myself to read this book.
Great expectations I couldn't pay close enough attention to it to do well on my teachers weird quizes to make sure we read it with questions like "What did they call the pie he stole from the kitchen" I don't know I read 100 pages of nothing in two days and that is not a plot point. So i think that just frustrated me into disliking it.
The Great Gatsby
To Kill a Mockingbird probably... I really liked it. A lot of the books people are mentioning I really liked, but I didn't read them in school... yet.
Mine would have to be "The Great Gatsby" honestly my mind was blown. so few pages told such a beautiful story. Ill never forget the subtly of the characters and themes and honestly loved going to that class to study it!
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. Ironic because earlier in the year we had to do an awful project and take a horrible test on Caesar in our honors world and European history class so no one was excited to hear that we'd be reading Caesar in honors lit, but as it turns out, it was a hit!
The boy in the striped pajamas probably. It was terribly sad but I'm a sucker for WW2 books, dunno why. I also enjoyed Julius Caesar if that counts as a book.. I suppose it does.
I really enjoyed reading Of Mice and Men this year and To Kill a Mockingbird. I think both of those are excellent books and I honestly would love to read them again. Other than that I haven't been assigned many other books yet.
Lord of the Flies. I never would've read this book outside of class, but it happens to be a really excellently written book, that's not just murderous schoolboys, but also really complicated and layered and awesome.
Mine would have to be To Kill an Mockingbird. I will be assigned in September, but I like reading books more than once, so I decided to read it before then. It's a really great book, and lot of people told me not to waste my time, but none of it was close to a waste. Harper Lee is fantastic.
Probably Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli. It doesn't top my all-time favorites list, but it's my favorite out of all school-assigned books
As I'm scrolling down these replies, I'm thinking, "Don't look, spoilers, no, can't spoil The Outsiders for me- Wait... WHO DIES?!"
My favorite would have to be Three Cups of Tea. Read it in sixth grade, and it really opened my eyes to the world outside the luxuries of my home country. If you haven't read it, I highly reccomend that you do.