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?
A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn
In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past) - Marcel Proust (if you ever manage to finish it, this will be THE literary bragging point you will make to people)
Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Holy Bible, or alternatively, the Torah, or Quran (If you were raised in a particular religion, it's essential to know EXACTLY what the religion entails for yourself. Reading religious texts with a critical eye led me further from the faith I was raised in, not closer, and confirmed my own skeptical viewpoint)
I'm a Christian, but Origin of Species still sounds good (haven't read it yet). Sandman is brilliant. As a Christian, I'm definitely down with the Bible (as well as the Torah and the Quran for scholarly reasons). I just finished Moby Dick, definitely a good one.