Don't get me wrong...I love reading, and make full, almost larcenous use of my local public library, and I have since I was very young. Where I get annoyed is when schools used to force us to read particular books, particularly when the value or quality of that book is wildly overestimated. I would have preferred, if they are going to force and direct our reading, that they at least make us read the actual classics. My publicly-educated peers are largely a class who can recall reading "Goosebumps" stories and Choose Your Own Adventure, and were forced to read (and write essays about) books like "A Separate Peace", but very few of us (only the self-motivated) have read any Chaucer, Twain, or my recent favorite, Kipling. I'm totally in favor of "populist" fiction, by all means (most would consider my favorite authors Wodehouse and Douglas Adams in that class), but if schools are going to force us to read stuff without choice, let's pick novels with some history and influence on our culture, not, well...like I referenced, "The Female Man", which is bound and printed dung, basically. Of course, I'm a bit old school in this as I'm a bit bitter they didn't at least try to teach us some Latin!