Didn't have to read it, but I read the Great Gatsby mostly because of the movie coming out in 2013. I did like it and the movie. Makes me wanna travel to the Roaring 20's.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Definitely a good book and movie. May Harper Lee rest in peace…
Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet are probably the only Shakespeare plays I've liked. I felt they were easy to follow (especially since we read the Sparknotes versions)
Persepolis is another one I really liked. I do like how Satrapi inserted some humor into a pretty serious situation.
Night by Elie Weisel is also pretty good. As morbid as it is, it's pretty interesting to read his experiences during the Holocaust. Honestly, i think I liked this better than Anne Frank.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I'll admit, I mostly remember the movie, but it did help me understand the book a bit better and put it in a better light for me. That said, I did like the story a lot.
Frankenstein, but it was a visual novel. Really good way of portraying the story.
The Lord of the Flies was interesting for me. It certainly escalated quickly among the kids.
Two of George Orwell's famous novels, 1984 and Animal Farm. Both are great allusions towards communism and how it's malevolent for people.
Catcher in the Rye. It was okay in my opinion, but I truly understand why many people don't like it.
The Stranger by Albert Camus. First half was pretty interesting, but the second half was just bleh.
The Hobbit. I'll be honest, I can't really get into Tolkien's stories, idk why.
Flowers for Algernon was good too, especially in how the text is written.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's about a girl in high school who got raped at a summer party and has trouble fitting in. Don't remember much about it, but it wasn't too bad from what I remember. I didn't like this one part of the story where the high school kept changing the mascot every quarter.
And the Alchemist. I was actually going into this with Fullmetal Alchemist in mind (not like the exact same story, just had the anime in mind when I hear the word alchemist). As for the book, I felt it was kinda boring.
And if we're counting summer readings, I'll add Slam by Nick Hornby. Pretty weird story about a teen who gets a girl pregnant and talks to his Tony Hawk poster.
And also Stephen King's The Long Walk.This is a really good story. It's a story about how a bunch of boys are forced to walk along the East Coast (dystopian reasons). They must keep walking at an exact pace of 4 miles per hour, no more, no less, no stopping. This walk affects them psychologically. It gets pretty tense.