When I was in high school and college, I thought the fiction books that were assigned reading were boring and completely oblivious to what students would find interesting. My kids (ages 18 and 22) say the same thing. Why not choose books that speak to this age group? I think students will get way more out out of classes where they actually enjoy the books as opposed to being beaten over the head and put to sleep by ancient books that put them to sleep. The one exception to my complaint was one professor I had when I was a senior in college. My professor, Joseph Blotner, was the official biographer of William Faulkner. At the end of the semester of a class he taught on great American novelists, I went up to him to thank him and say I had enjoyed the class. He said, "I am teaching a class I think you might enjoy next semester." I asked him what the class was going to be. He responded, "The spy novel." I took the class and it was one of the best classes I ever took. We read books by John le Carre, Len Deighton, etc. I got so much out of the class. I wish more teachers would get off autopilot and instead of using the same old, tired curriculum, they should show some creativity and find ways to teach books their students will be inspired by and motivated to read. End of rant.