Originally Answered: Which book out of the following should I read for my quarter reading for English?
Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" is a definite must-read. I don't know whether or not you'll love it, but it is one amazing story with interesting and unique characters and themes. Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights" is good, but I feel that "Jane Eyre" is superior.
"The Mayor of Casterbridge" is one of Thomas Hardy's less-hyped works. While I love "Tess of the d'Urbervilles", "The Return of the Native", and "Jude the Obscure", "The Mayor of Casterbridge" blows them all out of the water (in my opinion). It is very powerful and beautifully written, and provides a lot of material for essays (if you have to do anything of that sort).
"Howards End" by E. M. Forster is a bit slow-paced and certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I recommend it all the same. The plot takes wonderful twists and turns and it is a book that truly makes you think.
I also really loved "Rebecca" and Jane Austen's works. If you want a novel with a more gothic atmosphere, I suggest "The Picture of Dorian Gray", "The Turn of the Screw", or "Frankenstein". "The Turn of the Screw" is convenient if you're time-constrained because it's short, but the writing is pretty dense and humorless. Both it and "Frankenstein" are great for essays/reports because so much has been written about them.
If you'd prefer a work of drama, I recommend "Hamlet", "Pygmalion", or "The Importance of Being Earnest."