I've been trying to read some things I associate with "classics" or "school reading." One of my tricks has just been picking up books that are stocked at the local used bookstore since I figure that means high school kids are reading them.
I'm really into fiction books, it's a stretch to think I might read a non-fiction book unless it's amazingly engaging, and even then I'm not sure I would read it. You could also direct me toward some classics within genres, even if they aren't quite taught in schools yet. I particularly love sci-fi. I recently read all the asimov foundation/robot books which I consider basic sci-fi.
A few questions:
1. Suggestions for "classics." (Including stand out current books)
2. I would also love info (if you have it) on why they are considered classics. I'm reading a Kafka right now and I really don't remember why Kafka is supposed to be important. I must have learned at some point in college. I know, lmgtfy.com
I appreciate it!