for me 1984 was great. also a book called brother in the land about some dude who has to protect his family and gf after theres a nuclear war and everythings blown up. was depressing as fuck, only time a books made me cry actually
The only book I read for school that I actually enjoyed was Lord of the Flies. I was lucky in that I had a good teacher who was unbelievably helpful in explaining all the symbolism without making us over-analyze the book to death.
I would just like to say (going to rant a bit), although the book we were forced to read, let's say 50% were boring, I'm glald i read them! They are defintely good pieces of literature with lessons. These days books such as the Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter are on the lists and I'm sorry, I think that is just ridiculous. There's a reason we learn the classics - to study what makes literature great. Not just popular stories of our generation. Ug.
I loved a lot. Scarlet Letter, The Awakening, Rebecca, Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, etc.
I don't remember any interesting book in my mother tongue, Spanish, but I since I started studying foreign languages I have come across some good ones. I especially loved "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (Edward Albee), "Doctor Faustus" (Christopher Marlowe) and "The Rattle Bag" (Seamus Heaney & Ted Hughes) from English class. Maybe a two plays by Shakespeare, but I don't really like his style very much.
I quite liked "The Lottery" can't remember the author though. I read it in.. well now it gets tricky because the school system is not the same but when I was fifteen I also enjoyed "The Smell of Apples", I read it last autumn. hm... I was very keen on "How to kill a mockinbird", when i was twelve or something like that. And also "into the wild", even though I don't know how old I was when I read it. Currently reading "About a boy" in class and well so far it is good although I think the movie is terrible but well, never judge a book by its movie ^^
Actually, I have liked a book that I had read in English Class. The book stated is by George Orwell, who I don't know you know his books but you probably know his name. The book that it is is called "Animal Farm"
8th grade I also read The Giver by Lois Lowry, which is also a really good book.
Herodotus Histories -- Despite one specific chapter of the book's odd focus on excrements of the body, it's rather entertaining.
The Scarlett Letter -- I just liked it *shrugs*
Plato's Republic -- Beats listening to Aristotle drone on like a tired old git.
The Giver -- Hey, a Christian soft sci-fi book that doesn't beat you over the head at all with the fact that it's Christian. In fact, I only got a few hints and decided to look up afterward. It's got a great story about a cult, dealing with one's feelings, and becoming more than what you were raised to be.
To Kill a Mocking Bird -- I also like the old black and white movie.
The Canterbury Tales -- Okay, a few of the tales suck, but some are hillarious.
Taming The Shrew -- Petruchio is such an asshat
I know I liked more than these... but these are the first that come to mind. I know the one I hated most though: The Red Badge of Courage. Oh my gosh it was so horrible that I tried to just endure the 100 minute long movie and I still wanted to just yell "IT BURNS" from how badly written it was. Just... it was horrible. I will never make anyone else endure that horrid piece of crap that some call a piece of literature.
I swear that the English teachers in the schools that I went to got together and picked the most boring books they could find as required reading. I don't remember liking a single one of the books I was required to read in high school. I liked Julius Ceaser and Macbeth. I guess I wouldn't have minded Romeo and Juliette, but the way it was taught bothered me. It's not a fracking romance novel, it's a tragedy about a 13 year old falling for a 17 year old that spans three days and leaves 5 people dead. That is not romantic.
College was a different story. What a difference it makes when the professor seems to care whether or not students are interested--even when the book itself isn't all that interesting, but they find things in it that can make it interesting. Let's face it, no kid wants to sit through an hour of "and if you notice in this paragraph, there is another example of an alliteration.
For my English Elective I took a class called science fiction, fantasy, and fact. We read Frankenstein, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Time Machiene, Snow Crash, and Neuromancer. Bit of a heavy load for one semester, but I pretty much loved all of it.
I actually enjoyed quite a few books I had to read for English class (not counting the ones we chose for ourselves for book reports like in elementary). The only ones I could see myself possibly looking through again though might be Catch-22 or Slaughterhouse Five. I hated Wuthering Heights. Just thought I should put that out there.
I hated almost every book I had to read in school... but for example To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books now since I read it again after high school. So I can't quite say any book from school was my favorite
For me I guess it wouldn't be called English class, but rather Danish class. :'D I remember two books that I've liked so far, where the first of them are Kopierne ("The Copies") and the other one Ægte Brøker (Uhmm.. "Proper Fractions"..?). Both of them are by Jesper Wung Sung. Im not exactly sure why I liked them, but they were very well written and interesting~ I'm gonna start reading Forsømt Forår (.."Neglected Spring", if you can say that. xD) later today, and hopefully that one will be good.. Or at least not utterly boring.
I loved all the Shakespeare plays that I was set through high school- Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet. Well, maybe not as much R&J, but I still thought that was decent.
Frankenstein, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Mrs Dalloway, Wuthering Heights count as books taught by school which I also enjoyed. Probably unlike most people in school, I had a very high love: hate ratio of the books that were set- I think I only disliked like one or two texts set by school out of the thirty odd texts I've been set.
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I really liked "the outsiders" and "the pearl"! None of my friends liked the pearl, but i really liked it. such a tragic ending the outsiders brings back so many memories from 7th grade. It was THE book back then.
I like pretty much everything I've ever read in English class (with the exception of "Heart of Darkness") but here's the best example.
In 8th grade we read "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress", and I was upset because I tried very hard to make the other kids appreciate what I still think is an excellent novel (about the plight of intellectuals during Mao's cultural revolution), but all they got out of it was, "lol ballsack!"
We read Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. I simply loved the dialogues between Beatrice and Benedick. And we read some short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, which are really great. In our final exam we were to choose between 2 tasks and one of them was an extract of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream which I also really liked.
But we did not read many books since I'm from Germany so we mainly read German books. However, in my free-time I also read A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I did Susan Hill's I'm The King Of The Castle for Lit. Loved it so much I went on to look for and read The Woman In Black from the same author, which lead to much disappointment with the Hollywood adaptation. Naturally.
Watership Down, Into Thin Air, Scarlet Letter, The Odyssey, Macbeth, A Rose for Emily, The Fall of the House of Usher, One Day in the of Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Trial, Canterbury Tales, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Yeah...My english 4 teacher is awful but my english 3 teacher was amazing and we read so many things in her class.
OMG Dear Mr. Henshaw was my favorite! I read it in 4th grade as well. I still have the physical copy from when i was in the class ('99), it's falling apart and all marked up, but i did love that book. the school was going to throw them away and so i was able to take one.
Julie of the Wolves was another. I didn't like it when i read it the first time i read it, but i later learned to love it.
I also read secret life of Bees in the 11th grade, and once the film came out me and my friends from class went to see it.
When I was in high school we read a bunch of plays, and out of those i liked: Antigone, The Crucible, Macbeth, and the Odyssey.