The Spy by James Fennimore Cooper
The Hounds of the Baskerville by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It's been about 40 years ago that I had to read those books as part of my summer reading for high school. The Spy, in particular, was a challenge. I think I read that 2 or 3 pages at a time. I don't remember too much about the stories. I remember the chore it was to read those books.
Somehow through all those books, I maintained my passion for reading. I see as I walk through the book stores that they have tables for summer reading lists. I hope the books for the summer reading lists are more inviting for a high school audience today than they were in my day (gulp 40 years ago).