Some might say the solution is to conduct more short reading in order to pull meaning out of short microcosms of text and teach students to analyze on a deep level. Quite frankly, that's boring. While any moment of a film, book, or show can be deconstructed, most only work if you have an understanding of the entirety of the plot. To have a class discussion on a single chapter, or to have a debate on "what you think will happen going forward" seem to be complete wastes of time when you could simply....finish the book!
As a result, I've given a lot of time to my students this year to work on reading. I could easily tell them to finish reading at home (and some who waste class time will have to) but usually "reading at home" turns into Sparknotes. Giving dedicated class time is a nice way for students to carve 45 minutes out of their day to stop whatever else they're doing and just read.
So the novel begins, the first and last one of the year. Hopefully it's all downhill from here.