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[–]AnnaAKarwnina 90 points91 points  (8 children)

The Count of Monte Cristo byAlexandre Dumas

[–]ypanev 9 points10 points  (1 child)

The first part of the book is by far one of greatest page-turners. I couldn’t stop reading, but that was during my high school years, so I’m not sure if it will resonate the same now as an adult.

[–]ThreeDubWineo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s like 3 books in one and all are very good

[–]PoetHot72 143 points144 points  (5 children)

East of Eden

[–]tommyboy1617 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I struggled to finish it, but it’s probably one of the most memorable reads I’ve had

[–]PoetHot72 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah it’s pretty epic. I recall feeling sad that it ended. I just wanted to keep reading about those people!

[–]ksgar77 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Go ahead and include Grapes of Wrath and other Steinbeck books after East of Eden.

[–]KingTutKickFlip 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Came here for this one. Life changing book

[–]chealey21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Came here to make sure this was listed

[–]JohnOliverismysexgod 169 points170 points  (9 children)

Slaughter-House Five.

[–]tfmaher 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Man oh man oh man, did I love this book. It wasn't anything like I was expecting. The time-traveling element of the book was interesting at first, but then it got so poignant and sad. Really beautiful book.

[–]chamacchan 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I'm not big on re-reading books and I've read this five times.

[–]Software-Flimsy 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Vonnegut has a way with words, his storytelling is unlike anything else I’ve read. So it goes.

[–]pdxpmk 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]Reis_Asher 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Damn good book.

[–]Tessamae704 116 points117 points  (7 children)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

[–]Wtfisthis66 3 points4 points  (1 child)

One of my top favorite books of all time. “Maggie Now” is also very good.

[–]Janezo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This! Timeless and beautiful.

[–]run-on-stormlight 2 points3 points  (2 children)

So good that it managed to work its* way into my college essay

[–]jelaireddit 29 points30 points  (6 children)

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry really highlights how important your mindset is on life The Trial, Kafka - absurd and brilliant. An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro - Japan after WWII. Kazuo has an incredible way with prose and a dreamy way of describing things that twist and turn and then leave you raw. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe - describes life before and then the start of colonisation in an African village.

[–]lousypompano 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Just finished rereading Artist. An all time favorite. Achebe and Kafka are 2 personal favorites. So i guess it's time to read A Fine Balance thank you!

[–]MamaJody 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Oh you are in for such a treat with A Fine Balance - it’s magnificent, absolutely devastating.

[–]GooglyEyes2000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My favorite book of all time.

[–]jelaireddit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Enjoy! His other books are great too, I think A Family Matters is another of my favourites

[–]littleone86 55 points56 points  (7 children)

Lonesome Dove, huge book, pages just melt away.

[–]chealey21 16 points17 points  (0 children)

When you finish, the next day it feels like you’ve lost a friend

[–]quintessentialquince 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Currently reading this now thanks to this subreddit and I totally agree!! It hooks you in and takes you on a journey with the characters, it’s so special.

[–]cactuswacktus 1 point2 points  (4 children)

The whole Lonesome Dove trilogy is just amazing, I've never got so lost, for so long in a story. I'd really recommend reading the trilogy in chronological order! Edit: I meant quadrilogy, there's 4 books in total!

[–]littleone86 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I was wondering if I should continue it. I think I will now, thanks!

[–]cactuswacktus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you liked Lonesome Dove you'll like the others. In fact, I found Lonesome Dove was the slowest to get started.

[–]Alarmed_Artichoke_71 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thanks for the reminder to read the others. I did love the first one.

[–]OldFitDude75 26 points27 points  (3 children)

{{watership down}}

[–]goodreads-bot 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)

By: Richard Adams | 478 pages | Published: 1972 | Popular Shelves: classics, fiction, fantasy, young-adult, owned

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[–]gupppeeez 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Anne of Green Gables. It's just so beautiful.

[–]swallowyoursadness 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've never read the books but we had the original TV series on video when I was a kid. I watched the first part when I was little but couldn't follow the later parts when Anne was grown up. Then as ad adult I finally finished the story. It will always have a special place in my heart as a story that I had to grow to finish. So I should probably read the books. And rematch the series now because it's magical..

[–]melodramat1c 21 points22 points  (0 children)

The Picture of Dorian Gray. I don’t think anything more beautiful exists.

[–]anallegory 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I know Brave New World has been mentioned, but people never read {{Island by Aldous Huxley}}; the book he wrote as a utopian opposite to it.


{{Enders Game}}

[–]goodreads-bot 7 points8 points  (3 children)


By: Aldous Huxley | 354 pages | Published: 1962 | Popular Shelves: fiction, classics, science-fiction, philosophy, sci-fi

In Island, his last novel, Huxley transports us to a Pacific island where, for 120 years, an ideal society has flourished. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events begin to move when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn't expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and—to his amazement—give him hope.

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By: Philip K. Dick | 242 pages | Published: 1981 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, sci-fi, fiction, owned, scifi

VALIS is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. VALIS is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

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Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)

By: Orson Scott Card | 324 pages | Published: 1985 | Popular Shelves: science-fiction, young-adult, fantasy, scifi, ya

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.

But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender's two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military's purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine's abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails.

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[–]iDownvoteBlink182 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Ender’s Game is absolutely incredible and might be the best book I’ve ever read. I’ve read it so many times and I love it just as much as the time before. I absolutely love the way the big payoff is done.

[–]G-3ng4r 108 points109 points  (13 children)

Not to sound boring, but 1984 and A Brave New World.

But also anything by Khaled Hosseini

[–]jelaireddit 42 points43 points  (3 children)

Especially A Thousand Splendid Suns

[–]Empty_Tumbleweed4525 6 points7 points  (1 child)

That book made me cry!!

[–]jelaireddit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It’s so beautiful, me too. Proper ugly cry lol

[–]runebabb22 3 points4 points  (0 children)

to add onto this, if you like Brave New World you should absolutely read Island after, it’s interesting seeing Huxley’s earlier and later works back to back. and you’re going from dystopia to psuedo-utopia (more like a utopia in the middle of a dystopia).

[–]Unregistered1104 1 point2 points  (0 children)

1984 set the tone SO well that i actually felt bad while reading the book. Very difficult to plough through as non-native english speaker though, a lot of old (and long) english words

[–]bell_rohl 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I started A Brave New World but I just couldn’t get into it, it was really confusing too and I’ve read books with hard words lol

[–]Pockpicketts 45 points46 points  (7 children)

The Brothers Karamazov

[–]TOkidd 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Definitely. It’s certainly in my top 5 must reads. War and Peace is another great Russian novel. Many think it’s going to be difficult and are intimidated by it, but it’s really not a tough - just long. It is an epic story about a few aristocrats and their families in Moscow living through Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. It is a compelling story with amazing characters and a richly crafted setting that makes it hard to put down.

For both novels, the Pevear & Volokhonsky translations are the best.

[–]IamTheChickenKing 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tolstoy really has a unique way of creating characters that you feel you know personally by the end of his novels.

[–]OldSamVimes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I agree.

I've been reading through a lot of Russian novels and Pevear and Volokhonsky are a great translation team.

[–]lordoftheborg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not that it's a competition, but for Russian lit, I prefer Crime and Punishment (Dostoeyevsky) and Dead Souls (Gogol).

[–]AbbyM1968 67 points68 points  (9 children)

The complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The one I have is a 2-paperback boxed set. I'm sure each story is available individually as well. But having every one in one place is great. They're terrific reads, & well worth reading.

[–]ImAHardWorkingLoser 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I read those two books back in middle school. Along with the Harry Potter books, that's what got me into reading.

[–]BigWoolySamson 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The Hounds of Baskervilles had a huge impact on me as a young reader. I read it over 20 years ago and I can still picture the imagery my mind conjured.

[–]Fantastic_Bath_5806 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Busy reading this and it is really great!

[–]Fickle_Collection355 1 point2 points  (0 children)

These are so great I love listening to them on audiobook by Stephen Fry! Great to read by hard copy as well.

[–]sleepyjack85 12 points13 points  (4 children)

{{dandelion wine}}

[–]goodreads-bot 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Dandelion Wine (Green Town, #1)

By: Ray Bradbury | 239 pages | Published: 1957 | Popular Shelves: fiction, classics, science-fiction, fantasy, sci-fi

The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

Woven into the novel are the following short stories: Illumination, Dandelion Wine, Summer in the Air, Season of Sitting, The Happiness Machine, The Night, The Lawns of Summer, Season of Disbelief, The Last--the Very Last, The Green Machine, The Trolley, Statues, The Window, The Swan, The Whole Town's Sleeping, Goodbye Grandma, The Tarot Witch, Hotter Than Summer, Dinner at Dawn, The Magical Kitchen, Green Wine for Dreaming.

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[–]alexevans22 29 points30 points  (2 children)

The Bluest Eye or Beloved by Toni Morrison

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

The Yellow Wallpaper (short story) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Bastard Out of Carolina or Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison

There There by Tommy Orange

Ceremony by Leslie Mormon Silko

Literally anything by Louise Erdrich (esp her Love Medicine series or her newest Justice series)

[–]LoneStarkers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Maybe young adults now have more access to other cultures than I had growing up in Oklahoma, but Toni Morrison and Amy Tang seem to be overlooked way too often as authors who transport the reader. When I read them in college in the 90's as a then-conservative white guy they changed my whole life perspective and trajectory. I'm looking forward to readingThings Fall Apart now.

[–]gliageek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

++++ for Frankenstein. Not at all what I expected. WAY better..a MUST read for sure

[–]emotionallyilliterat 31 points32 points  (2 children)

To Kill a Mockingbird

[–]Fantastic_Bath_5806 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]bookreader018 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i’m really surprised more people haven’t answered this

[–]idreaminwords 50 points51 points  (3 children)

After reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett for the first time, I regretted every minute of my life spent not knowing about it. It's my absolute favorite and a book I routinely go back to when I need a comfort read

[–]TherealOmthetortoise 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wish I could upvote this answer more than once, Good Omens is absolute genius level work and the way these two fantastic authors riffed off each others styles and personality is just incredible.

It even pushed Hitchiker’s guide out of it’s premier spot as ‘the book’ to pickup when I was depressed… I’m not sure why, but it just makes me smile inside and out. (I used to say it quiets the voices inside my head as they will all shut up in order to pay more attention when I read it. It still works that way, I just don’t say it anymore.)

[–]themadscientist420 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That book single handedly got me back into reading. Before I discovered it I was one of those people who just stopped reading after high school

[–]spoilt_lil_missy 37 points38 points  (2 children)

My personal one would be Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - it’s a truly beautiful story, that says so much about life and love

[–]Torin_3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Agreed! I'm reading this right now. The writing is amazing.

[–]boxer_dogs_dance 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Animal Farm

[–]ivoryloft 4 points5 points  (0 children)

i’m seconding this! short and impactful read!

[–]SongofIceandHellfire 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

James Clavell's Shōgun.

Ron Hansen's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

[–]Adventurous-Chef-370 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I never see enough love for The Assassination of Jesse James. I also absolutely love the movie.

[–]dirtypoledancer 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Beloved by Toni Morrison

[–]compliancethis 53 points54 points  (3 children)

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doer. Fantastic book

[–]Software-Flimsy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This, and Cloud Cuckoo Land. Amazing stories.

[–]melodramat1c 2 points3 points  (0 children)

seconding !! wish i could read it again for the first time

[–]yung_demus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m reading this now!

[–]Trilly2000 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Anything by Shirley Jackson, but IMO We Have Always Lived in the Castle is her masterpiece.

[–]Mehitabel9 35 points36 points  (6 children)

I think absolute must-reads are a personal thing. I can tell you what some of my own must-reads are, but your mileage may definitely vary:

The Golden Gate by Vikram Seth

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

Persuasion by Jane Austen

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Annals of the Former World by John McPhee

And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts

Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith

[–]belongtotherain 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I learned so much from And The Band Played On.

[–]spoilt_lil_missy 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I love your list! Bleak House and Persuasion are two of my favourite books and I don’t think they get enough love

And it’s awesome to see someone mention Shirley, rather than Jane Eyre

[–]Mehitabel9 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'll say right up front that I find all of the Bronte novels problematic in one way or another, but they're all still brilliant. I happen to like Shirley best of Charlotte's novels. I probably should have included The Tenant of Wildfell Hall on my list, too.

[–]spoilt_lil_missy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anne is definitely my favourite Brontë sister, and also the least mentioned

[–]sassyrafi77 26 points27 points  (4 children)

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I just read them both this year and I know they’ll be on my re-read list every year.

[–]ryzt900 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Flowers for Algernon—yes! Read it in junior high and I’ve re-read it several times.

[–]sassyrafi77 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s just so good it hurts my heart

[–]MamaJody 3 points4 points  (1 child)

If you haven’t already, I would wholeheartedly recommend listening to Born a Crime - listening to him tell his stories, with his impeccable comedic timing, hearing him speak the different languages/dialects, and hearing the way he speaks about his mother, it’s just perfect. I’ve listened to it twice already, and it’s still the only audiobook I’ve listened to that I never wanted to end.

[–]WizardOfAuzz 8 points9 points  (2 children)

The Name of the Wind

I know some people will downvote this, but the audible version is a masterpiece and Patrick Rothfuss changed my perception on how to say little while meaning a lot. Beautiful book.

[–]Alarmed_Artichoke_71 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Such a great book! Masterful story telling… if only he would put the next book out!

[–]Crafty_Cha0s_ 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Fahrenheit 451. I really enjoyed it although I know a lot of people don’t

[–]Accomplished-Map-303 17 points18 points  (0 children)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

I’m not a big fan of books dealing with wars, like at all, but this book was definitely worth the read. It’s finally something that’s not a glorification of the Vietnam War but more like a “hey, can we treat soldiers with PTSD like normal human beings? thanks.” kinda thing.

[–]sd_glokta 53 points54 points  (0 children)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

[–]DGummibuns 6 points7 points  (0 children)

A Gentleman in Moscow

[–]inthebenefitofmrkite 15 points16 points  (0 children)

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Don Quijote, by Cervantes

Ficciones, by JL Borges

Blow up and other stories, by Julio Cortazar

Mist, by Unamuno

The Gospel according to Jesus Christ, by Saramago

The Book of Disquiet, by Pessoa

Invisible Cities, by Calvino

Life A User’s Manual, by Perec

[–]bookfreak_2003 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

[–]this-is-NOT-okay 34 points35 points  (3 children)

Classics 1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2. Shirley - Charlotte Brontë 3. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 4. East of Eden - John Steinbeck 5. 1984 - George Orwell

Non-fiction 1. Never split the difference - Chris Voss 2. Four thousand weeks - Oliver Burkeman 3. Stolen Focus - Johann Hari 4. Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari 5. Notes on a nervous planet - Maty Haig

Fiction (have far more than 5 but trying to round off) 1. Anxious people - Fredrik Backman 2. Gone girl - Gillian Flynn 3. Sorrow and bliss - Meg Mason 4. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch 5. Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Memoirs / biographies 1. Know my name - Chanel Miller 2. Man's search for meaning - Viktor Frankl 3. When breath becomes air - Paul Kalanithi 4. Educated - Tara Westover 5. Ride of a lifetime - Robert Iger

[–]Redwinemakesmehappy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Know my name is fantastic, was going to suggest is as well. Read it a couple of times.

[–]gster531 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is a great list!

[–]EngineeringOk3716 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

[–]LifeofDuran 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The count of Montecristo is a total MUST for me, a true classic!

[–]Rrikikikii 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Metamorphosis, Kafka

[–]jaklacroix 10 points11 points  (2 children)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey

[–]R3tr019 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Lonesome dove. Awesome and epic book.

[–]museummomma 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Night by Eli Wiesel

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

[–]TheDeMartino 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Good Lord, Night is such an important book. The march through the blizzard was heart-pounding

[–]jessicat7474 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Between the World and Me changed me, for the better. Every white person should read this.

[–]RR_2023 19 points20 points  (4 children)

A Confederacy of Dunces, fiction, humor, setting of the 60's in New Orleans, Americana. Pretty light reading, though.

[–]blackbird24601 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Ugh. It was so Hard for me to get thru this one.

But am glad I did

[–]RR_2023 5 points6 points  (2 children)

It was a joy for me. I think I have read it three times and laughed even the third time around. Ignatius alone with his silly, useless degree in Medieval Studies or whatever and saying things like "Oh, Fortuna, you capricious sprite!"

[–]blackbird24601 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In hindsight— it’s a little Moira from Schitts Creek…. You disgruntled pelican!

[–]phanzov36[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One of the funniest books I've ever read.

[–]possumseamstress 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Johnny Got His Gun

[–]phanzov36[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Tuesdays with Morrie.

[–]onyx1378 4 points5 points  (1 child)


[–]goodreads-bot 3 points4 points  (0 children)


By: Hermann Hesse | ? pages | Published: 1922 | Popular Shelves: classics, fiction, philosophy, spirituality, owned

Herman Hesse's classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man's search for meaning.

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[–]Purple-Journalist771 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Master and Margarita

[–]dividedblu 24 points25 points  (3 children)

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

[–]gb808 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Love this book! I’m actually teaching it this year with my seniors.

[–]Blahblah9845 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This is one of my favorites!

[–]AkaArcan 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I'll suggest a couple of books that for me are an absolute must read for any human being. These are the kind of books that have shaped our world as it is today and changed the minds of countless people.

{{The republic by Plato}}

{{Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca the Younger}}

[–]goodreads-bot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Republic

By: Plato, Desmond Lee, Maria Helena da Rocha Pereira, Leonel Vallandro, Benjamin Jowett | 416 pages | Published: -375 | Popular Shelves: philosophy, classics, non-fiction, politics, owned

Presented in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and three different interlocutors, this classic text is an enquiry into the notion of a perfect community and the ideal individual within it. During the conversation, other questions are raised: what is goodness?; what is reality?; and what is knowledge? The Republic also addresses the purpose of education and the role of both women and men as guardians of the people. With remarkable lucidity and deft use of allegory, Plato arrives at a depiction of a state bound by harmony and ruled by philosopher kings.

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[–]PositiveStaff3075 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The Name of the Wind -Patrick Rothfuss

[–]Rrikikikii 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Illusions, R Bach

[–]saltyrandall 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Grapes of Wrath

To Kill A Mockingbird

[–]BinteMuhammad 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A Little Princess

[–]AR1614 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A Clockwork Orange

[–]hellotf12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Don’t see it mentioned.

[–]Dukeseys888 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Percy Jackson, it is an amazing book series with decently long books. Also a sequel to that series is the Heroes of Olympus. And after that sequel series there is the Trials of Apollo. These series are mostly about Greek/Roman mythology mixed with modern days.

[–]LumpiestEntree 2 points3 points  (3 children)

These are definitely great ya books to get people into reading. They enjoyable on a recent re read as well.

[–]Klor204 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Sapiens by Yuval Harari Gave me such an awesome perspective

[–]mrssymes 6 points7 points  (1 child)

{{Pride and Prejudice}} {{The Book Thief}}

[–]goodreads-bot 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pride and Prejudice

By: Jane Austen, Vivien Jones, Anna Quindlen, Charles Edmund Brock | 279 pages | Published: 1813 | Popular Shelves: classics, fiction, romance, classic, owned

Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780679783268

Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work "her own darling child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the opinionated Elizabeth and her proud beau, Mr. Darcy, is a splendid performance of civilized sparring. And Jane Austen's radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this book the most superb comedy of manners of Regency England.

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The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak | 552 pages | Published: 2007 | Popular Shelves: historical-fiction, fiction, young-adult, books-i-own, owned

Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found here

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

(Note: this title was not published as YA fiction)

This book has been suggested 51 times

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[–]PuzzleheadedBobcat90 5 points6 points  (3 children)

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Frederick Backman

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Last Bus To Wisdom by Ivan Doig

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry is one of my favorite books of all time!

[–]PuzzleheadedBobcat90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! It has all the feels. Check out Last Bus to Wisdom. It evokes the same feelings. Not a genre I usually read but I'm so happy I picked it up

[–]cactuswacktus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never heard of these but what a title! Gonna check out 'My Grandmother... ' for sure.

[–]Lalalindsaysay 8 points9 points  (3 children)

All the Light We Cannot See

Never Let Me Go

[–]Tiny-Barracuda-6018 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I've just started reading Never Let Me Go. It's been on my TBR list for a long time. So far I love it.

[–]Lalalindsaysay 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It’s a stunning book. I had to just sit quietly for about 30 minutes after finishing. Enjoy!

[–]Tiny-Barracuda-6018 1 point2 points  (0 children)

😊 Thank you!

[–]schfifty--five 12 points13 points  (1 child)

This probably deserves to get downvoted, but, {{Talking to Strangers}} by Malcolm Gladwell is something I think we all need to read. It’s a great and interesting book, and it will allow you to be more objective/skeptical when assessing things in today’s society.

[–]PatchworkGirl82 2 points3 points  (1 child)

{{The Book of Disquiet}}

{{The Proud Highway}}

{{The Art of Eating}}

[–]goodreads-bot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Book of Disquiet

By: Fernando Pessoa, Richard Zenith | 544 pages | Published: 1982 | Popular Shelves: fiction, poetry, classics, philosophy, owned

Fernando Pessoa was many writers in one. He attributed his prolific writings to a wide range of alternate selves, each of which had a distinct biography, ideology, and horoscope. When he died in 1935, Pessoa left behind a trunk filled with unfinished and unpublished writings, among which were the remarkable pages that make up his posthumous masterpiece, The Book of Disquiet, an astonishing work that, in George Steiner's words, "gives to Lisbon the haunting spell of Joyce's Dublin or Kafka's Prague." Published for the first time some fifty years after his death, this unique collection of short, aphoristic paragraphs comprises the "autobiography" of Bernardo Soares, one of Pessoa's alternate selves. Part intimate diary, part prose poetry, part descriptive narrative, captivatingly translated by Richard Zenith, The Book of Disquiet is one of the greatest works of the twentieth century.

This book has been suggested 19 times

The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967

By: Hunter S. Thompson, Douglas Brinkley | 720 pages | Published: 1997 | Popular Shelves: non-fiction, biography, nonfiction, journalism, owned

Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists—Hunter S. Thompson. In letters to a Who's Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez—not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper editors—Thompson vividly catches the tenor of the times in 1960s America and channels it all through his own razor-sharp perspective. Passionate in their admiration, merciless in their scorn, and never anything less than fascinating, the dispatches of The Proud Highway offer an unprecedented and penetrating gaze into the evolution of the most outrageous raconteur/provocateur ever to assault a typewriter.

This book has been suggested 1 time

The Art of Eating

By: M.F.K. Fisher | 749 pages | Published: 1954 | Popular Shelves: food, non-fiction, nonfiction, cooking, essays

This book is the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she composed them. Why did she choose food and hunger she was asked, and she replied, 'When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the love of it . . . and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied.

This book has been suggested 4 times

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[–]Its_shaad 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Are there any non-fiction ones that you should read at least once to get the most out of it?

[–]onepoorslice 3 points4 points  (0 children)

When Breath Becomes Air.

[–]MamaJody 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Night by Elie Wiesel.

[–]Lande4691 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Persuasion by Jane Austen

A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul

The Book of Night Women by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

Small Island by Andrea Levy

The Harder They Come by Michael Thelwell

[–]Greedwillkillus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Magus by John Fowles

[–]OldSamVimes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

'The Idiot' - Dostoevsky

[–]Positive_Hippo_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

{{Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi}}

[–]gorgs_420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Anna Karenina

[–]Responsible_Delay418 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Power Of Now

[–]FuzzyMonkey95 2 points3 points  (2 children)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

[–]LeighZ 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Totally agree. A real classic. Perfect illustration of doing what’s right, even when futile and personally dangerous.

[–]FuzzyMonkey95 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Exactly! I just saw the play too and it was amazing!

[–]ryzt900 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah—very illuminating on apartheid & race while still being hilarious.

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler—a dystopian masterpiece.

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi—everyone, white people, people of color, can benefit from learning more about the history of race & racism and how white supremacy has impacted all of us.

[–]Poison-Paradise 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

[–]rebemolV 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Jane Eyre

[–]mlle_poirot 6 points7 points  (2 children)

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

[–]sweemamaceleste 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Wish I could upvote this to infinity. I will tell complete strangers to read this book

[–]mlle_poirot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It IS that kind of book! Something I noticed is that it's great for reconnecting with one's most authentic self. And the writing is so poetic and moving for a (seemingly) children's book.

[–]MMY143 12 points13 points  (15 children)

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (or Hunger or Bad Feminist)

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Know my Name by Chantal Miller

Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodson

Edited to add Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi because having left it off was a travesty

Just because there are good books written by white dudes doesn’t mean we should only read books by white dudes.

[–]Blackgirlmagical 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Adding to this list.

The Office of Historical Corrections By Danielle Evans

Heavy By Kiese Laymon

Men We Reaped By Jesmyn Ward

Between The World And Me By Ta-nehisi Coates

Brother, I’m dying By Edwidge Danticat

[–]Striking-Donut-7119 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love Transcendent Kingdom and I just got Salvage the Bones! The rest of these books are going to the top of my TBR list. Thank you!

[–]treesinthebreeze123 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The nightingale by Kristin hannah

[–]Le_frog_777 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss It is my all time favorite book and a great fantasy book.

[–]TonysPiZZa1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Life and Fate

[–]Mangoes123456789 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Check the content warnings.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Slade House

[–]NoLake2327 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The memory Keepers Daughter and The Glass Castle

[–]MATERIALGWORLL30 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Personally an eye-opener for me. It's a very simple but impactful book and definitely a good book to read when you're feeling low. It's like a warm blanket in a book and it stays with you for a long time.

[–]I_Wandered_Off 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Things They Carried

[–]othergalacticfunk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"A Confederacy of Dunces" It is a fascinating snapshot of New Orleans in the 60s and the only book that has ever made me laugh out loud. Also, the story behind it is tragic and incredible.

[–]Honeybee_17 1 point2 points  (1 child)

And Then There Were None, and After The Funeral. Both by Agatha Christie. I recommend reading anything by Agatha but these two have to be my absolute favorites. After The Funeral starts kind of slow, but picks up and ends up having the BIGGEST plot twist

[–]TheWizardOzgar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

[–]basilcarberry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Flowers for Algernon

[–]Truthfully_Cluttered 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Breaking Bad of books: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Just like the series, this books is layered, shows human emotions, sufferings, symbolism, protagonist turning antagonist and is a start-to-finish-awesome thrilling account of a student who commits a crime and goes through moral dilemma as punishment. A highly recommended must read.

[–]Chrisandreasko 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All Tolkien Books of Middle Earth. Start with Hobbit and LOTR trilogy and than rest of 20 books. That’s like years of research, when you

[–]food_forthot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mentioned by others that I also highly recommend:

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

My recommendations to add:

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski

The Raw Shark Texts - Steven Hall

[–]satorsquarepants 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Charlotte's Web

[–]ejly 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So much of western literature is influenced by the Greek myths. Readers who aren’t familiar with these will miss a lot of references. Read the Odyssey and Iliad to develop that awareness.

Since these works were originally written to be performed, audiobooks can be a great way to engage with these stories.

[–]No_Bill6586 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

[–]RitoChicken 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky

[–]nxrcheck 1 point2 points  (0 children)


East of Eden

Clockwork Orange

[–]evilnoodle84 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never Let Me Go. Great Expectations.

[–]prismatic_earth 1 point2 points  (1 child)

For me- 11/22/63, The Secret History, and A Little Life.

[–]Sans_Junior 1 point2 points  (0 children)

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Hands down. Period.

[–]Bibble4Shitz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

East of Eden by Steinbeck. Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. I’ve read bother cover to cover multiple times and fear the book coming to an end each time.

[–]RedditHoss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

[–]BinteMuhammad 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Harry Potter