okayy well i am a total book nerd, so here we go. lo first off, great gatsby is awesome! so you're lucky your teacher has good taste. some people aren't a fan, but i haven't met many people that dont enjoy it. the bluest eye: an amazing book. the material is very mature content, but if you can handle that than you're golden. i had to do a project for interpretive literature and there were different groups of books with themes, ours was "growing up" and we read push, the bluest eye, and i know why the caged bird sings. let me tell you, if i were to give them a theme, it would NOT be growing up. all of these books have to deal with sexual abuse and overcoming it. they can be a tough read if that kind of stuff bothers you, but i loved them all. they were so well written adventures of huckleberry finn: don't let its size fool you lol it is a classic, yes, but thats not always a bad thing! it is actually a very good read. i found it quite humorous actually. the color purple: i have not read it yet, but i have heard such wonderful things about it. catch 22: i personally enjoyed this book, but alot of people find it confusing. it has ALOT of characters and ALOT of plot twists. the different chapters are written from different characters. and don't bother actually trying to figure out what catch 22 is, you'll just confuse yourself hahaha the kite runner: OH MY GOSH. probably one of my favorite books of all times. when we first got assigned it, i was told it is about politics, and i was just kind of like oh dear god i hope not. lol it is, but definitely not in the way you would expect. this book is also decently graphic and contains some mature content, but it is an excellent read. i've reread it multiple times for pleasure reading. the scarlet letter: i actually enjoy this book very much too. i wrote my summer essay on it my sophomore year of highschool actually. the language can be a little tough for some people, but the book itself is a great story. prince and the pauper: im a big mark twain junkee, so i liked it of course i've also read a few others on that list, but to be perfectly honest, when you read as much as i do, you tend to forget what some of them are about after awhile lol hope i helped a little! you really should read some of them for pleasure, this is an excellent list of books!