I am a big reader and cannot fall asleep without reading at least a chapter of whatever I'm working through. I'm currently one my 2nd or 3rd read-through of A Song of Fire and Ice. The first time through, I read every word, even the boring minor characters. (Seriously - whole chapters of Davros the Onion Knight? Snooze!) On later read-throughs, I just read my favorite characters (Sansa, Tyrion, and Jon Snow). I am nearly done with book 4 and bought book 5. And then DH found it and won't give it back. Bonus points: he reads so much more slowly than I do so it'll be awhile before I get to read book 5. /sigh
My HS got away from assigned reading in English classes. The last two years we just did essay-writing to help our standardized test scores. 9th and 10th grade was Lord of the Flies, which I had no clue about. I to this day, cannot figure out major plot points of stories like that unless I read the CliffNotes. We also did Gatsby, Beowulf (totally confused until the movie came out) and a few others but at that age I had no idea what a flapper girl was. In my head, it was a hippie who burned her bra and therefore her breasts began to sag and flap!
Yes it was ridiculous, not to mention confusing, but I didn't want to be the only kid to go "What the eHell is going on here?!"
I tried about two chapters of Stephen King's Dark Tower. Some guy was looking for a cyborg in the desert or something and was camping. Never piqued my interest so I never got any further than that.
As a kid I learned to love reading thanks to our second grade teacher who read The Boxcar Children to us daily for a short period (maybe 20 minutes a day?). It was taking too long for my impatient child-brain so the next time we were at the local library, I had my Dad check out several other Boxcar books and voila - instant lifetime reading obsession!