The book that I have probably read more times than any other- countless times- is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck which I studied for my GCSE English Literature exam. If you haven’t read it then you absolutely must. It’s such a brief novel but is absolutely perfectly constructed. There is so much in such a brief novels and I think it speaks volumes about humanity.
From the opening of the novel to the very end, there is no lapse in the quality of the writing. The text is deceptively simple, you can read and appreciate the surface meaning and it’s still a fantastic book, but it has an incredibly rich subtext which makes it ideal to begin teaching about in depth literary analysis.
When I came to teach the GCSE Literature scheme of work to my own students I chose this novel as the set exam text. I think they loved it as much as I did. It breaks my heart every time.