I'm curious about which books that you were forced to read that you hated.
And how would I remember? We're looking at years upon years ago here. Ha! I will say that I could never get into the thee-art-thou Shakespeare business. I can't recall many other books that were forced upon a class, most were decent though (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, The Outsiders, and I am honestly unable to remember any more). My primary issue was with Accelerated Reader, as I mentioned before - we weren't assigned specific books to read, only asked to read and take computer-based quizzes over a certain amount within a grading period. I wanna say the quota was at least half a dozen books read and quizzes passed over 9 weeks. I had seemingly found everything good before my freshman year of high school had even ended; from that point forward I could not find anything in the library that wouldn't put me to sleep. It was low on the compelling sci-fi, fantasy, drama, or non-fiction, but chock-full of dime-a-dozen books written for the teenage market to read and instantly forget about.
Don't get me wrong, I can and do enjoy reading a book. Finding one that holds my interest past the first two or three chapters has always been a struggle, sadly.
Edit: Just for kicks, a few books that I do
enjoy: His Dark Materials, Schindler's List, 1984, the works of Douglas Adams, and anything funny (the Onion or Dave Barry style of humor works best, but I take what I can get).