Dean Brenzel, Philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University, argues that not only can reading the great classics like Plato's Republic and Dante's Inferno enrich your education, it can actually make your life better. Pointing out that we can't possibly read all of the books in the world, Brenzel makes a case for reading the right books the right way in order to get the most intellectual bang for your reading buck. Which books qualify as the "right" books is one of the most controversial subjects in academia, and Brenzel outlines the five key characteristics that every great book must fulfill in order to make that coveted list. (video length 56:42)
The Floating University, originally released September 2011.
You can find many of these books in several used book stores and in the local Friends of the Library Bookstore and also at the Macon County Public Library.
They are also available for your eReader through various sources like Amazon or the Gutenberg Project.