Often, when we're assigned a book to read in school, it's one that we wouldn't have normally read. Sometimes the book (or play or poetry...) is one that we don't like, but sometime's we get lucky and we enjoy it. I've had a few of those good books. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, "A Rasin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw are some of the works that I've enjoyed.
I'd love to hear from you all. Maybe we can discover some new books that we'll like!! :)
My favourite assigned book was probably Twelfth Night which I had to read last year. I just thought it was really funny and very cleverly written so that all the stories were interconnected (and it didn't hurt that I got 95% on a project in which I pretended to be Maria :P ).
I also have to mention that we read The Tell-Tale Heart (a short story by Edgar Allan Poe) and I fell in love with that story! I wouldn't consider it an "assigned book" exactly, but we read it in class, so I count it.
Assigned books and works that I really, really enjoyed in high school were Things Fall Apart, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Anna Karenina, The Post-American World (for poli-sci), Nectar in a Sieve, Wit, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Animal Farm, Women of the Silk, Demian....the list goes on. And there are just so many more that I want to read outside of school. Literature just does that to you.
I also enjoyed Things Fall Apart. It was one of those books that I thought I would just trudge through and not care about, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I loved it.
I loved reading Lord of the Flies for class. The symbolism and allegory was so rich, and every character was so full and fascinating. Just writing about it makes me want to hunt down another copy and re-read it!
To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorites too. We read Lord of the Flies that year as well, which I also love. Sophomore year we read 1984, Anthem, and Night which I really enjoyed. Last year we read Of Mice and Men which was super short and had me bawling half the time, but a great book nonetheless. I haven't ever been assigned Catcher in the Rye but I've got it sitting around the house somewhere. I've never read The Perks of Being a Wallflower either but everyone says it's phenomenal so maybe I will this year. (:
Anthem and Night were two that I've enjoyed as well. I read Anthem about two years ago, though, so I think I might head to the library and read it again. I do want to buy copies of Catcherin the Rye (I think that Holden is just awesome :D ) and To Kill a Mockingbird at some point because I enjoyed them so much.
I have to say, I didn't come across any required reading in high school that I really loved. College, on the other hand, has introduced me to a bunch of books...
1. Kindred by Octavia Butler. Amazing sci-fi, if you're at all interested in an in-depth look at slavery and racism, this is a good one. Actually, it's good if you're just looking for an exciting read.
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Yep, the classic. I loved it.
3. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. I feel like this is one of those obscure classics, but if anyone says Jane Austen to me I will respond with this book. It's very Jane Austen-esque, but where Jane Austen writes comedies, George Eliot writes tragedies.
There's probably more, but these are the few that stick out. I would highly recommend all of them!
I actually have to read Kindred this Fall for my African American Lit class! I'm SO glad that it has a nerdfighter seal of approval. Now I can go into reading it much more confidently!
Now I really hope you like it! Let me know how it goes!
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, It's such a well written book even though it's so sad.
If you liked the book, I highly suggest watching the movie. (It isn't perfect, and scenes are left out, but I think that's expected in an adaptation.) George and Lennie are portrayed very well, and the final scene is done quite elegantly.
I've seen the film, we watched it after we finished reading the book. I thought it was good for an adaptation.