"Forced" is some heavy word in education. I would rather persuade. Anyway, I am not fond of novels or short stories although I have in my shelves Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim." I read Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea." I was told fiction reflects the author's perception of his milieu. I remember that the Liliputans are not real people and the novel is a parable. Books may remind us or tell us of other times. Modern authors have different perspectives even if they strive hard to be different just to be different. I read "Lady Chatterley's Lover" and the "Plumed Serpent" of D.H. Lawrence because my professor told us he is one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. I was trying to plumb what Lawrence meant by "blood" until I came to read what mysticism means. I also read that Bertrand Russell once associated with D.H. Lawrence which I think is an unlikely tandem as Russell is logical and Lawrence is mystical. Then I read that Russel parted ways with D.H. I would wonder if he did not.
If there are books that should be read even some 20 years had passed, "Wisdom of the West" is one because it tells of people's thoughts from ancient times, and Russell said that he was writing it through his bias. At least i know that I should guard against his bias assuming I had the equipment. Another book is "What Is Science?" by Norman Campbell who wrote it in 1921. It may not give a complete answer to his question but it gives a glimpse of his shortcomings now that we have advanced in science.
I would like to have a copy of Johannes Kepler's fiction of celestial bodies to compare it with Isaac Asimov's fiction, or to J. Klugger's "Apollo 13." It is lamentable that a lot of trees had been wasted to print books of spycraft and sex or Starr's report on the escapades of a president, which is a testimony to the efficiency of the printing press.. At least these trees could have served to mitigate climate change.