I also read for school The Giver
, Fahrenheit 451
and Animal Farm
; all, especially the latter, bending genres but that can generate some of the best literature.
With classic sci-fi I was disappointed with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
and most of H. G. Wells (but loved The Time Machine
Without trying to make the selections boring, I do think required books should be geared towards those students are not likely to read on their own anyway (i.e., exclude The Hobbit
, The Hunger Games
or Ender's Game
given that their big-budget film adaptations are so recent). OTOH the curriculum should include, as well as particular books, some choices from within a genre.