'like a starving goat'...eh, it ain't Raymond Chandler, but good. I've just returned Caro's 4th LBJ volume (thought it was 2 when I started) to the library, and now begin the long march to see if I live long enough to read the last one (I'm 60).
Masses of little silent reading assignments were my pedagogy and my scores were high with my flatlander hispanic secondary stoonts. I took my cue from Stalin. When asked how he thought he could beat the Germans' high quality tanks with thousands of crude cheapies, he said, "Quantity has a quality all its own." If you teach English, think on that.
Winds of War! Shelby Foote's Civil War! Master and Commander series!