These Locus Roundtables are pretty good; I posted about another one not too long ago. Here's the most recent one I found:
Becoming Assigned Reading
It's a little shorter than I'd like...but there are also links to the other roundtables which are also interesting.
One of the comments is quite true: there are some books I hated simply because they were assigned reading in class. (The Great Gatsby comes to mind. I read it again later and enjoyed it. Might actually be interesting to try again, it's been well over a decade since my last encounter with F. Scott Fitzgerald.) But then, I can't think of a time I've ever been assigned a fantasy or science fiction book for a class. Now maybe that's because I only took the bare minimum of English required, since my degrees are in government, biology, and chemistry. I did have one English professor who at least incorporated magical realism into the curriculum amongst all the required texts, and I admire her efforts in that area, though I suspect her point was lost on most of the class.