In my high school English classroom, I quickly noticed that students were bored of traditional academic texts. Therefore, instead of forcing something on them that they didn't want to read, I decided to make reading fun again by introducing books they WANTED to read. Students are grouped by book choice (There's between 5-7 options and I try to give them their 1st or 2nd choice) and then they form a book club. I try to have a variety of literature- several "classics", a memoir, non-fiction, action, romance, and dystopian. I also try to vary the text difficulty.
They read the books individually outside of class and complete this guide sheet as they go. During their meeting, they bring this sheet, discuss their answers, and pose original, analytical questions to their peers. After doing this, they create their own group project and present to the class. (I always have several options to chose from but I encourage their creativity and let them come up with their own projects that I have to approve.)
I have seen a huge improvement in reading due to book clubs, and I strongly encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try this!