I want to know what are the great books, the life changers, the ones every person should read at least once in their life. Doesn't matter if it's a classic or something nobody's even heard of but you and the author's mom, what are your must-reads?
I'm always adding to this list, though none come off it.
All my friends are superheros - Andrew Kaufman
Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man - Joseph Heller
Animal Farm - George Orwell
Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
A Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
Galapogas - Kurt Vonnegut
White Noise - Don DeLillo
The Castle - Frankz Kafka
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories- Nikolai Gogol
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Chrysalids - John Wyndham
Death in Venice - Thomas Mann
L'Etranger (The Stranger/ The Outsider) - Albert Camus
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
Waiting for the Barbarians - J. M. Coetzee
High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
The Island of Dr. Moreau - H. G. Wells
The Butter Battles - Dr. Seuss
Chicken Butt; The Story of a Man - N. A. Kay
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Carol Lewis
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Passing - Nella Larsen
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Book of Guys - Garrison Keillor
The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Stupid Fairy Tales - Jon Scieszka
God Bless You Dr. Kevorkian - Kurt Vonnegut
Everyman - Philip Roth
Each one helped me through a point or two in my life.
These are not just great reads; they open a portal into Knowledge, Heart, and Soul.
Man, that last line sounds kind of preachy...
Planning to read Catcher in the Rye at some point...
I've read Moby Dick, I read Of Mice and Men recently - required school reading... it was really good :)
And I think I may slightly remember The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Stupid Fairy Tales from grade school.
Ahh, good times, good times...
Any(or all) Dr. Seuss, Amelia Bedelia, and Miss Piggly Wiggly books (yes, I realize these are children's books but that doesn't make them any less important)
A Little Princess
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Into Thin Air
Brave New World
Watchmen (everyone should read a comic book/graphic novel or multiple)
Breakfast of Champions
Yeah, I'm pretty sure everyone on here needs to add some children's books to their lists. I mean, come on, they are at least important in the sense that they got most of us into reading in the first place :)
Before I Die
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Time Quartet (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters)
The Catcher in the Rye (I wasn't personally a fan of it, but that doesn't change the fact that it's "one of those books")
And, of course, Dr. Seuss is essential.