Extra mile in cross-curricular studies.
Definition of "cross-curricular research": Expanding your research across more than one subject area.
You could do a study of a novel but then also research the current events of the time in which the novel was actually written.
Had the novel been written in England during the Second World War, how did such a major event in our history impact the writing of the novel you chose?
Is there an expert from your local university who you could interview or email to ask questions to help you find more information?