I believe reading to be a very personal thing – and while my list may not be yours, perhaps there’s something on my list you haven’t even considered. 🙂
The Handmaid’s Tail (1985)
Because this dystopian novel is a work of speculative fiction that the reader is eerily able to believe could actually be.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Because race continues to be the defining, and dividing, issue of modern America. Atticus Finch is a hero beyond compare.
A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Because Dickens showed he could write magnificent historical fiction with this dramatic story of the French Revolution.
Of Mice and Men (1937)
Because it’s less than 200 pages of pure genius. This novella offers friendship and heartbreak during a torrid time for America.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1950)
Because this novel touches on so many themes, including death and sacrifice. Different to other war novels because it focuses so much on one person.
Clan of the Cave Bear (1980)
Jean M. Auel
Because it speculates on the possibilities of interactions between Neanderthal and modern Cro-Magnon humans in prehistoric times.
Lord of the Flies (1954)
Because it’s still deeply shocking for a young reader to discover what can happen when the rules of civilization fall away.
The Secret Garden (1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Because fresh air and nature can heal many things. This Edwardian classic is almost as good as a self-help book in its messaging but more fun to read.
Anne of Green Gables (1908)
Because redhead Anne Shirley is one of the strongest female characters in children’s literature. Both my daughters love this story.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
Because Nurse Ratched is terrifying. This tale of a patient who fakes insanity to land a place on psychiatric ward is funny, sad and touching.