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Ten Must-Read Classics of Great Literature

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Classic Novels You Won't Want to Miss Reading

I love to read good books. This page lists ten of my favorite must-read classics. Classic novels have enchanted and entertained readers for decades, and I am one of those who believes they're still worth reading.

One of the saddest effects of modern society has been to minimize the joy of reading great classic novels. Novels should still be loved as much as video games, television, and iPads.


Books are Like Friends

Books are special.

One of my friends had the habit of telling her kids, "Books are your friends!"

All young people should be introduced to great novels during their teen years if not before.

Never underestimate the lasting positive impact of a great classic book!

My novel-reading journey started when I was assigned a few great novels while in high school. At that time they were regularly distributed to students in English classes.

I don't know if they still are where you were educated, but I discovered that my youngest children were not assigned to read novels while in high school. This not only shocked and appalled me, but it actually frightened me.

What has our world come to if great literature is not valued? (There's more on my experience with novels, below.)

100 Must-Read Classic Novels - Plus 500 Extra Classic Novel Recommendations

Try Reading the Classics

...I did and am so glad I made the effort!

When I graduated from high school in 1970 I was not into novels, or reading, or much of anything good. I drifted for a few years, unable to find what I wanted to do in life. One day I made the decision to quit smoking.

At the same approximate time I got hold of a copy of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This amazing novel about the French revolution starts with the infamous line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." For me, that was a true summation of my condition. It was the worst of times because I had to quit smoking. It was the best of times because I discovered the great joy of getting emotionally tied up in the pages of a great novel.

I've read many of the world's classics since then. Here are a few that I believe should be on everyone's must-read list, unless of course, you've already read them.

I'm going to give you a short review of each book. At the end of this page you can vote for the books you like best.

These are not presented in any particular order - in other words, I didn't put my favorites first.

I'm Guessing Most People Visiting This Page are Book Fans, but I'll Ask Anyway...

I have read every one of these novels, and I recommend them. There are many great classic novels. These are a few I enjoyed, and I hope you'll enjoy them too.

Charles Dickens' Classic About the French Revolution

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Documentary About Charles Dickens

A Boy Discovers the Horrors of War

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

A Short Biography of Stephen Crane

Big Brother is Watching YOU

1984, by George Orwell

Unauthorized Biography of George Orwell (He Didn't Want One!)

ten-classics

A Family's Survival Despite Abject Poverty

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

A Mini Bio of John Steinbeck

A Woman Learns About Love The Hard Way

Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

Bio of Margaret Mitchell

Paramedic Falls in Love

Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

Mini Bio of Ernest Hemingway

An Amazing Story of a Man Devoted to the Buddha

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse's Long Summer (part one)

A Man's Search for His Family

Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton

Alan Paton Speaks Out Against Apartheid (1960)

Alabama Coming of Age Story

To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Harper Lee's Phenomenal Book, To Kill A Mockingbird

Did You Ever Think From A Dog's Perspective?

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

A Short Biography of Jack London

Which of These Classic Books is Your Favorite?

Your Turn to Recommend Your Favorite Classic Novels

In the comment section below, please let me know what you thought of those novels (if you've read them) or better yet, recommend a great classic novel for me to read!

Your comments are welcome! - ...I'd like to get to know you.

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on November 22, 2018:

Stephen, I hope you will read some of the classics. It is interesting to see what kinds of novels withstood the test of time and retained favor among the people.

S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on November 14, 2018:

A very interesting review of some great books. I know of all these titles, and have seen most of them either televised or in film. I do have some copies of some and must get round to finally reading them! I agree that we should all read these classic books which inspire and teach us in every page. Well done!

Nicholas Daly from NSW Australia on March 02, 2015:

Impressed by your writing on here and aim to write on similar topics (I'll read more in time- looks like you're a vegan? I was engaged also reading about the time in the cabin in the mountains...) Anyway as others have said my bigger tastes are outside America (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Proust and others) but I am a fan of the books you have listed too. Thanks for writing (I think, on some level, I want to be you! Haha..). Cheers

Nicholas Daly from NSW Australia on March 02, 2015:

I think when they say "Evergreen" and HubPages writer they're referring to you...! I've had a look over what you've written (and will return when it's not late at night in more detail) as someone relatively new and you do have it covered very well, you don't need the praise, I'm just being honest here, and it appears too you're vegan (and lived in a cabin in the mountains for 13 years?)- I think I want to be you! Haha..

(I am the vegan part and plan to write about it in some way, at some stage...)

Before I forget, I recently wrote about my 5 great classic books too but it is ultimately I concede more grandiose (I mention "To Kill a Mockingbird" briefly as something that isn't accepted in "the canon," but it's something like most I'm uncomfortable about and uncertain with- for example some include "1984" in a "canon" and others (vehemently) wouldn't. I enjoyed most other books on your list (and Faulkner who you mention elsewhere, at least "The Sound and the Fury") but I do tend to like an epic element in storytelling with a certain kind of writing as well- anyway I will end this comment so it doesn't get any longer, all the best with continued success on here and hopefully away from the site too. Cheers

Nicholas Leonard from Las Vegas, Nevada on January 04, 2015:

I think the only book on this list I read was To Kill A Mockingbird. It's an interesting list, but personally I would've preferred to read more about the books themselves. I know you said that you would do reviews of each, but I still think a short blurb on the book and what it's about, possibly a sentence or two on why you enjoyed it, would help readers unfamiliar with these titles. I've heard of a lot of these books, but know little to anything about them. Just a thought I had. A good list nonetheless.

Alice Lee Martin from Sumner, Washington,USA on December 29, 2014:

Hello! I liked your list and that most, although not all, are American writers. While American writers are and were good, like Theodore Dreiser's" American Tragedy" and Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" it is the World Literary works that can speak to the human universal and timeless tradition of literature! (I am trying here because I love and teach World Literature!!).

I love W. Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" and DH Lawrence "Sons and Lovers" and "Women in Love". I also love Dickens and your choice of a "Tale of Two Cities" was choice. I also love "Bleak House" and "Dombey and Son" which are less discussed. My all time favorite is an 1100 page masterpiece called: The Forsythe Saga" which details generations of the Forsythe's, a family in England (fictitious).

There are many other writers I enjoy for short stories, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Milan Kundera, Gabriel Marquez, and am just beginning to read "Middlemarch" by George Eliot. (a woman for some who did nto know)

Thanks for writing this though because we who love books need to know there are other bibliophiles amongst us who appreciate the "Great" books and find them lovely.

PS: A more recent book that "reads" like a classic is "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt. She has a flair for description.

Best, Aley

Risha Linda Mateos from Florida on November 23, 2014:

I absolutely love it when I find good books as I am an avid reader. One I did not see listed was East of Eden, by John Steinbeck which I found to be very entertaining. My favorites remain The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien and now a new author named George R.R. Martin who has written A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast For Crows, A Dance With Dragons and two more novels in the series yet to be published) I also Love Seven Years In Tibet by Heinrich Harrer and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. You are doing a great service by promoting reading and I thank you for your list of fabulous books.

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 05, 2014:

Thanks for the recommendation, Rebecca... the author sounds very talented ... I will look for his books.

REBECCA HUMES on October 05, 2014:

I am now reading a series of books by Wendell Berry, a living author who still farms in Kentucky. His novels come out of the community life in a river town named Port William. The stories are rich, earthy and feel absolutely genuine. If you've had any life experience in a small farming community from 1900 through the 1950s these narratives will go straight to your heart. I recently finished reading "Jayber Crow". It is a whole-life tale of a boy growing up along the river, being orphaned, living in a religion oriented school-home for ten years, and feeling "called" to pursue training as a protestant minister. In time he realizes that his calling to the ministry was a misdirect and so he leaves, returning to take up a simple life in Port William. His life there is, by many standards, "sparse", and yet it's details reveal the richness of human struggles, joys and sorrows and found wisdom not to be surpassed by anything else I have ever read. I will think about this book for a long time.

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on September 11, 2014:

Silas Marner - now, that's a book I haven't read yet. Thanks for your recommendation, Barb!

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on September 10, 2014:

I've only read half of them. I loved Animal Farm, and, believe it or not, Silas Marner. I read most of the classics so long ago I've forgotten all the titles I read. I intend to catch up with some I've missed and reread some of them if the good Lord gives me enough time.

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on September 10, 2014:

Hi Janiece! I think novel reading is one of the most enjoyable homeschooling activities, for both parents and children or teens even.

JanieceTobey on August 31, 2014:

Congrats on LOTD!! My son and I have read several of these books for homeschool - and loved them! His favorite classics so far are Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, and The Great Gatsby.

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on August 28, 2014:

@verymary: I listened to Anna Karenina on audiobook, and it was still slow for me! I love Dickens though... his writing is deep and descriptive, and his characters jump off the page.

Mary from Chicago area on August 26, 2014:

I am finally reading Anna Karenina, but it will probably take me a year to finish, as I only read at night and tend to nod off after a few short chapters! But it's good so far & surprisingly "soapy" ;) I also want to get into Dickens more, as you've suggested.

Myreda Johnson from Ohio USA on August 25, 2014:

I too would add Great Expectations to the list. There are so many wonderful books. It is a crying shame if novels are no longer being read in high school in this country.

Vilja from Helsinki on August 21, 2014:

I saw this lens title and thought ah! a subject I know I'll be able to comment on! but it turns out I've only read two of the books on this list, 1984 and Gone With the Wind, and to be honest I'm not sure I finished Gone With the Wind. Consider me chastised.

At least I could confidently upvote The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the best novels I've ever read, and one they never seem to quite capture in any film adaptation.

Classic novels I would add/recomment: Middlemarch, The Winter of Our Discontent, The Lord of the Flies (1954 - is that too late to count as a classic?), Vanity Fair and Mrs Dalloway.

veg86 on August 13, 2014:

Love the list! You included some of my all-time favorites. One more I would add is Great Expectations.

jimbobsti on August 12, 2014:

Hi Linda Jack London story is really interesting, just watched the video now, well done nice lens thanks for sharing.

Mark W Kuglin from Imperial Beach, California and Ensenada, Mexico on August 08, 2014:

A great lens and list. However, I would use your description of the books as a subtitle and include the actual book title as a lead.

I respectfully suggest the above as a way to get more hits.

lewisgirl on August 06, 2014:

Great choices. I have read half of them. Would love to get through Crime and Punishment one of these days!

Chocolatealchemy from London, United Kingdom on July 26, 2014:

Fab Lens - thanks for the reading list. I've read a few books from your list - my favourite is still Pride and Prejudice :)

Scott A. Butler from England on July 24, 2014:

May I suggest the book "Erewhon" to you by Samuel Butler? It's a Victorian classic. The author is a long-gone relative of mine. I have a lens about him if you haven't heard of him before - he's mostly popular in the UK and New Zealand.

mrinfo10 lm on July 17, 2014:

I've always been a big fan of Jules Verne - my favorite being The Mysterious Island, which is actually a sequel to 20,000 Leagues Ubnder The Sea - and Arthur Conan Doyle, my favorite of his being Hounds of the Baskerville.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on July 15, 2014:

So many wonderful classics I've yet to read. The ones from your list that I have and love are: Call of the Wild, To Kill A Mockingbird, and the Grapes of Wrath. Some of the others I have seen in movie form, great list. Ray Bradbury's Illustrated Man I am still on the hunt for, haven't read that in years, one of my high school favorites.

Georgene Moizuk Bramlage from southwestern Virginia on July 11, 2014:

A very nice list of eminently readable books. I like your headings for each book and the ways in which you draw in lens' readers. My favorite is the George Orwell book "1984" in which you suggest that teenagers read and discuss this book because they need to know. I think that a definition of what makes a book "a classic" would have made a good addition to your introductory paragraph.

asereht1970 from Philippines on July 10, 2014:

A nice list of great classics. Thanks for sharing.

Glenda Motsavage from The Sunshine State on July 10, 2014:

I love your choices! Some I have read (but not in recent years). The Call of the Wild will be next on my 'Classic' list. Really appreciated the Reviews!

arlenematthews on June 30, 2014:

This is a very informative list, thank you for posting it!

gingershehan on June 27, 2014:

My favorite classics are To Kill A Mockingbird( NOT written by Truman Capote) and Wuthering Heights.

annastars on June 14, 2014:

I think alexandre dumas's the count of monte cristo, the three musketeers as well as the phantom of the opera by gaston lerux are page turners as well:)

amolarankar on June 07, 2014:

An impressive content. I am also a great lover of books. In fact without the great novels my life would be empty. I have read A farewell to arms and To kill a mockingbird. To kill a mockingbird can be described as 'shocks after shocks' that teach you a lot!

topclimb lm on June 03, 2014:

This is a really great lens. Reminds me of lots of high school and college reading (both assignments and pleasure). Thanks for taking the time to create the lens.

chagen13 on June 02, 2014:

Speaking of Gone With the Wind, after reading it last summer (I was 13 then), I felt that there must be more to the story. There is. Mead had Alexandra Ripley write a sequel, and I thought it was really good. Almost as good as the original. It is titled Scarlett, written in 1991

matyboy on June 01, 2014:

Hi!

Of the books listed that I know 1984, grapes, catcher, crime and pucishment, I agree :).

I love those titles are there any decent authors like dostoyevsky writing today? I'd love to read stuff as good as crime and punishment!

:)

Mat

Embeegee on May 30, 2014:

Thomas Hardy has some great novels, as does D H Lawrence.

VioletteRose LM on May 29, 2014:

Great collection, thanks for sharing :)

mistyriver on May 27, 2014:

I must admit that I've only read two off of your list! Gone With the Wind is my favorite and I'd like to read some of the others as well.

Kimberly Schimmel from Greensboro, NC on May 02, 2014:

Cry, the Beloved Country was so sad! Great book, though.

Scindhia from Chennai on April 25, 2014:

Great lens. Thanks for sharing!

Rose Jones on April 15, 2014:

I love so many, Wuthering Heights, Siddhartha, To Kill a Mockingbird. I also adore anything by Carson McCullers. Pinned to my board "books worth reading."

asereht1970 from Philippines on April 13, 2014:

I love Wuthering Heights and may I add, Silas Marner by George Eliot. Those two were my favorites in my growing up years. This is a great lens and thanks for the list. I'll be sure to check on them.

jmchaconne on April 12, 2014:

Thank you for a great lens, It was surprising that I've read a good many of the books on your list, and many more are on my reading list. I'm a fan of historical fiction, especially about the American revolution. I just did a book review lens quest about Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts called the-american-revolutionary-version. It was fascinating to read the history from the perspective of Americans of the time loyal to the British Crown. Have you read the book? If so, Id be interested in hearing your take.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on April 11, 2014:

Our high school included every book on your list as required reading except Siddhartha, plus numerous others. Agree with you that we are losing this great interest. Enjoyed your lens, it's made me think about one of these I haven't yet read to be next on my list.

amandascloset0 on April 10, 2014:

Very nice lens! Thanks for sharing

animerurisa on March 17, 2014:

I loved all of Jane Austen's works as I was growing up (I'm still growing though, so that doesn't account for much >.<) and my favourites from hers were "Pride & Prejudice", "Northanger Abbey" and "Sense & Sensibility" :)

If you're not against a suggestion towards the modern classics, I also recommend Arundhati Roy's "God of Small Things" :) It really made an impact in my life and how I view it as a child.

Donna Cook on March 07, 2014:

1984 and Fahrenheit 451 had a huge impact on me. I would add "Catch 22" as number 11. Great lens!

Fay Favored from USA on February 08, 2014:

Many of these selections I have as assigned reading in my classes. Some are wonderful classics.

Evelina from London / Frankfurt / Vilnius on January 22, 2014:

I really need and want to start reading those classics but somehow always find other things to read i.e. business books...

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 18, 2014:

There are so many classics that are just outstanding, it would be impossible for me to name my favorite. I had totally forgotten about "A Farewell to Arms" until you included it here. What a great book! I read it back in high school and I can still remember how much I loved it. I think it is time to read it again!

Flora Crew from Evanston, Illinois on January 13, 2014:

I liked Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery I think the reason was that it was the first book I analyzed, and so I got to understand it a lot better than I would have if I had just read it.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on January 02, 2014:

It would be hard for me to pick a 'favorite' in the classics but probably closest would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy and 'The Hobbit' but also up there would be just about any Dickens novel.

glowchick on December 30, 2013:

Although I have not read all of the books on your list, I think it's important to read classics :)

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on December 04, 2013:

Hi! I'm Ms. Charito from the Philippines, and I enjoyed reading "Siddhartha" and "Cry, the Beloved Country". This is a great lens. Very informative!

JustinLCroft on November 20, 2013:

Awesome list! I love Tale of Two Cities. I would also have to add Huxley's Brave New World to the list.

anonymous on November 19, 2013:

Great list! I have read many of these, but wish I had time to revisit again. Awesome lens and good snippets.

TheMoralInstigator on November 01, 2013:

I don't read often. Granted I am more interested in the other forms of language, like body and computer language then I am with the classic write it down stuff.

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on November 01, 2013:

Good choices and good lens! thanks for sharing.

kepezzo on October 24, 2013:

I wish I would have more time to read books..last one I read was by Jared Diamond - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succed....

jmchaconne on October 23, 2013:

The library was a sanctuary when I was a boy.You have brought back some great memories. I still read every day. Thanks for a great lens. My you do great work! Thank you.

being_suman on October 15, 2013:

Simply spellbound! I wish to read all those.thanks a lot

utkarshp on September 27, 2013:

@RandySturridge: welcome..!

ruthclark3 lm on September 26, 2013:

Awesome lens. Thank you. I checked all the books that I've either read or own. My personal library has grown and I have run out of room. I don't buy many books now, but rather check them out of our public library. Thanks again for a wonderful and informative lens.

anonymous on September 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Orwell, Dickens, Paton and Hess are all non-American writers.

anonymous on September 06, 2013:

My all time favorite is A Tree Grows In Brooklyn! I also love Frankenstein...

anonymous on September 06, 2013:

To Kill A Mockingbird is on my top ten!

anonymous on September 06, 2013:

This is a great lens! Thank you!

readty7 on September 01, 2013:

I love period films and novels

anonymous on August 28, 2013:

This is a great list. I've read 6 out of the 10 books listed about. Will certainly add Persuasion to this. My most favorite of Jane Austen's

shilohtaylor on August 04, 2013:

thanks for the lens, i have a great love for books as well and i look forward to buying these in the future.

anonymous on July 29, 2013:

i prefer george orwell, at least not as long winded as dickens

dbitterman on July 17, 2013:

So many (good) books, so little time. Fortunately, I've something of a head start in that I've read several on your list! More to do, however. More to do! Thank you for this great lens.

socialcx1 on July 10, 2013:

I have only read 2 so thanks for more ideas when at the library.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on July 10, 2013:

I have to admit to having watched more of these titles as movies rather than having read the books upon which the movies were based. I do read, but mainly non-fiction. My all-time favorite novel: "Catch 22."

hkhollands on July 10, 2013:

I've read all of your top 10 except Siddhartha. That book has been sitting on my shelf for years. Time for me to pick it up and read it :) Thanks for the suggestion.

suepogson on July 09, 2013:

Great lens - I've read many of these but some I had never heard of and will look out for. Thanks

rainbow-fire on July 03, 2013:

I've read a lot of these, but you've just made me want to read more! It's a shame that not so many people read the classics these days...

mcsburlea on June 30, 2013:

I love fiction because it takes me to a new world and love non-fiction because of all the info I can learn.

MarcellaCarlton on June 28, 2013:

I love reading books! If you can read you can learn anything.

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on June 18, 2013:

@adiehltwin: Right! Usually I prefer a book or Kindle ebook, because reading for a long time on the computer screen causes me eye-strain. Project Gutenberg is a great resource!

adiehltwin on June 18, 2013:

One of the great things about classic literature is that they are old enough to be out of copyright so you can read them for free on sites like gutenberg.org or librivox.org. Although for my favorites, there is nothing like holding a real book in my hands.:-)

anonymous on June 14, 2013:

Any Kurt Vonnegut? Love(d) him. Great humor and wisdom.

marvmac on June 13, 2013:

Greatly enjoyed The Catcher in the Rye

wiseriverman on June 09, 2013:

I loved My Childhood by Gorky.

anonymous on June 09, 2013:

The John Dos Passos trilogy "USA" - amazing! This is a must read.

Meganhere on June 09, 2013:

I've read a lot of these, but a couple I've never heard of, like The Third Witch. Great lens!

amandascloset0 on June 03, 2013:

Great lens, love the classics!

anonymous on June 01, 2013:

I loved The Catcher in the Rye. Where do the ducks go in winter? Loved this book. I bet Holden knew the answer. Also, The Lord of the Flies was another favorite of mine. Just makes you think about society and bullies, and out of control power. I loved your list. Always afraid to read A Tale of Two Cities even though Dickens is my favorite classic author. I will try to read it know. Thanks.

roy-paduwat on May 24, 2013:

Where's Shakespeare? I can't find him anywhere on the list. Very strange.

He should be rated about a zillion times higher than some of the other authors who were nominated. .

I added him to the list myself.

BarbaraCasey on May 17, 2013:

I've read at least half the books on your top ten list... but you grabbed me with Dickens' Tale of Two Cities today. Time to get back to the classics.

Digory LM on May 16, 2013:

Great top ten list. I try to read at least two, hopefully more, classics a year.

nikkiiidomingo on May 10, 2013:

What a great list! I hope to read all of these classics before I die. 1984 is definitely one of my favorites. :)

Linda Jo Martin (author) from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on May 01, 2013:

@anonymous: A lens is what web pages are called on this site, Squidoo. I'm happy to hear you're going to be reading classics and that you picked out one of my favorites. I've been reading a lot more lately too.

anonymous on May 01, 2013:

Thank you for this list. I'm in my 50s and feel I'm not well-read at all, so I Googled classics to rectify the situation. That's how I found your list. I want to stop spending so much time on the computer and pass time in a different physical position, for my posture's sake, lol. Your list sounds so interesting I bookmarked it and picked out my first book to get and read. Thanks for the help :)

Btw, everyone keeps saying "nice lens." What's a lens?

joseph-sottile-16 on April 28, 2013:

Catcher in the Rye was the best YA book ever written.

BarbsSpot on April 26, 2013:

@Lensmaster...Ah, these are the great works by the great authors! Nice list! And, yes, I have thought from the perspective of the dog -- A Newfoundland Rescue Story -- and of the horse -- Horse Sense! It's a fun way to add spark to your story!

anonymous on April 22, 2013:

So... why is Lord of The Flies not in this list? Or 1984? Or Jane Eyre? They're classics too! I'm glad to see Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Of Mice and Men there. There some of my favourites!

Zhana on April 11, 2013:

Great lens. As a Buddhist, I particularly like seeing "Siddhartha" on the list, although there are better Buddhist books. I'm also glad to see The Color Purple, and would like to see more books by Black authors listed. Things like the Twilight saga and 50 Shades are NOT classic novels.

RajlakshmiHB on April 04, 2013:

I have read a few of them .. nice list

Teddi14 LM on March 31, 2013:

Love this lens. I really enjoyed that you included a summary of the books! I will like it, pin it and bless it (if I still can). :-)