So, so many. I loved Flowers for Algernon, Lord of the Flies, The Giver and To Kill a Mockingbird.
While I enjoyed To kill a mockingbird, I've never bothered to reread it.
Animal Farm on the other hand i've gone back to a couple of times and I just adore it.
It's also not technically assigned book, but we were once told to pick a book from a list and write an essay on it. I chose Elvis, Jesus and Coca Cola by Kinky Friedman which was hillarious and I've since gone on to read several of his books.
Cloudstreet, Tim Winton
Much Ado About Nothing! Beatrice and Benedick forever! =D
Agh, there are so many! One of the joys of being in an honors class is less awful books. Besides, I'm not very good at picking a "favorite" of anything, so here are a few of my favorites:
Westing Game, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Great Gatsby, I Am The Cheese, Oedipus Rex, The Pigman, Flowers for Algernon, and The Wave are the ones I can think of offhand, but if I had to choose one, and only one... A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, probably. I wouldn't read it aloud ever, ever again (there are a few parts any eighth grader would be embarrassed to read about in class, and reading it aloud only made it worse), but I did enjoy and relate to it very much.
Oh, God, I forgot 1984! Forget everything else, that book was the best!
"1984" By George Orwell changed my life
Lord of the Flies, bearing in mind I dropped English at 16. Also all Shakespeare, although Romeo and Juliet was not the best choice, imho
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.