I somehow was able to come up with 10 books, in no particular order:
1) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
The first time I read this, I was only about 13 years old so it was a bit wordy. I've read it many times since, and well, it's awesome. You guys seem to agree.
2) Still Life With Woodpecker - Tom Robbins
A bizarre book that was recommended to by a stranger I met on an elevator. It's basically a Vonnegut-like fantasy that tries to explain that redheads come from outer space.
3) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
I kind of feel like this is Catcher in the Rye
for girls (except I think that the latter is overrated). This one basically helped me through my worst semester of college.
4) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
My mom's favorite book with some great character study.
5) The Alienist - Caleb Carr
Historical novel set in the late 1800's in New York. I'm a sucker for serial killers in literature.
6) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
I'd lose "nerd points" if I didn't mention this one. I love the narrative style.
7) The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It's a long book that I struggled through, but it was totally worth it. I like Russian literature, but this one is definitely my favorite. Once again, I love interesting characters.
8) The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Worth reading AND seeing the movie. There's some differences between the two, but they compliment each other well.
9) The Fairy Rebel - Lynne Reid Banks
Written by the Author of the Indian in the Cupboard
series. I read this at least 15 years ago when I was in school, and it's just the cutest fairytale. I actually bought my own copy a few years ago because I missed it.
10) Litte Men - Louisa May Alcott
I love Little Women
, but Little Men
doesn't get nearly enough props. So, props please.