Told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Room is the story of a mother and her son who are being held captive in an 11x11 foot shed. This creative novel is eerily captivating. Jack's naive narration brings a light-heartedness to an otherwise appalling story. One of the best books I've read in a long time!
The Paris Wife: A Novel Wonderful novel about Hemingway's first wife, whom he was married to while writing some of his finest material. Her name is Hadley and I got the idea to name my in uteri baby from her. She was a patient and interesting person aside from her marriage to Hemingway.
I think that many teacher stop at the first part of this quote. Their only job is to teach these "great books" because people say they are great. But reading in itself is what is valuable. You are not smarter just because you read the Great Gatsby. Reading ingeneral helps kids do better in school. If kids love to read they will excel in school. Forcing these great books is not going to get us there.