AMY posted something I found very interesting about assigned reading.
I must say I agree with her.
I LOVED a lot of the books I was assigned to read. Hated a lot of them too.
A Few I LOVED: (in absolutely NO particular order)
Number the Stars
A Separate Peace
A Midsummer Night's Dream
To Kill A Mockingbird
War of the Worlds
Some I HATED:
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
Romeo and Juliet
Far From the Madding Crowd
The Martian Chronicles
I read countless others, but those are the ones that stand out at the moment. There are, of course, others that I just felt "blah" about. (Return of the Native comes to mind.)
But all in all, I think everyone is better for having to read things that they wouldn't normally pick up.
Especially in a world where lots of people don't pick up books at all.