You are not smarter just because you read the Great Gatsby. Reading in general 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.
The quote isn't the only thing I can relate to. Matilda was an absolute favorite movie of mine as a child and adult. I could relate to they way Matilda loved books starting at a young age. I admired her a great deal for her strength.