Is there a book that you’ve ever picked up to read because either everyone else was reading it, or it was labeled a classic and you felt you had to read it? How did you like the book (or could you even finish it)?

Absolutely.  In fact, right now I’m struggling through The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald, in part because everyone loves Fitzgerald, in part because he was a Minnesotan, and in part because I liked his book of short stories.  I’m finding his full-length books to be less enjoyable, however.  I generally hated every book I was forced to read in school through high school, but many of the ones since then have been decent.