Two books at the moment, both of them for my English class:
1. "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. Not my favorite book, that much is certain...
2. "Night" by Elie Wiesel. An extremely depressing but extremely well-written book about the holocaust.
"The Awakening" lol! I had to read it in college. I mean really, of all the great books to read and study in a literature class, it's hard to fathom how they chose this one.
And I also agree that "Night" is a very powerful book.
Yes...not enjoying "The Awakening" at all. Doesn't help that I have to write a seven page report on it at the end of the year either.
Guess you can't really go into public school without expecting to be indoctrinated with a little bit of feminism.
I like "Night" a lot, but it's so depressing! I have half a mind to put it down and just forget it ever happened, but the other half doesn't want to stop reading!
Dan the Man -- the Giver was the book that made sure that no matter how left I got (and I'm pretty sure that I'm as far as I'll go), I won't ever be a socialist! It was such a lifechanger at age 9, when I first read it. I still have my original copy today (mid twenties).
I first read it in the eighth grade, when I was about 14, and I'd have to say I agree completely! I actually recommended it to a younger friend of mine who has convinced himself that he is a communist.
Even if you look past the allegory, it's an amazingly well-written book. Definitely ought to be required reading these days, I'd say!