I really like this list of 23 books you didn't read in High School but probably should. I love reading. I always have at least one book on the go, and I can easily read a (fairly long) book in a day, provided I have the time. When I was young, I would read Enid Blyton stories while I ate my breakfast before school, and combine my love of reading and writing by creating spin-off tales from my favourite stories.
Bizarrely though, I hated reading in High School. I mean, I still loved reading, but I hated the set texts we had to read. Not that they were bad books, but I resented being 'forced' to read something. I'm sure Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Children of the Dust, Farenheit 451 and One Flew over The Cuckoo's Nest are wonderful novels, but I will forever have negative associations with them, because I was forced to read them and dissect them to death (a slightly mixed metaphor there, but you get the picture).
However, I really enjoyed Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in The Rye, Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Bell Jar, all of which, along with a couple above, are on the list. I love these novels because I wasn't forced to read them in school, I chose to read them in my own time, and I'm glad I didn't have to read them in school because it means they aren't tainted with the 'you-must-read-this-twice-then-strip-it-down-and-write-an-essay' spell.
It's not that I don't enjoy looking at the workings of a book; I do. I write, so its important that I do. I like exploring theme, genre, symbolism and all the stuff that bored the shit out of me in English, but I like to do it my way.
Clearly, I would never make a book critic. Or an English teacher.
Are there any books on this list that you've read and would recommend? (Don't force me though!)