This is from bestlists.com. It is a list of best novels, not THE list. But, if you want to upgrade your literacy, this is as good a place to start as any. None of these books can hurt you, all of them can give you something worthwhile to think about, and all have some kind of merit. And if you read any of them on your own, and write me a couple of pages discussing what you got out of the experience, you'll earn extra credit. ONE REQUIREMENT: get parental permission to read a book from this list. That way, everyone is okay with what you're doing, and your parents can be proud of your initiative. Okay, hit the books.
Thurber is one of my favorite humorists, but he's never studied in school. However, if you want to read it and write a page explaining the humor featured in this fun story, I'll offer extra credit. No deeper meaning needed, just fun. If you can analyze it pulling out literary devices used, all the better. Have fun.