These are some of the books that have been instrumental in shaping the way we read and write today. They question assumptions and defy norms, forcing us to reconsider our views of the world and strive for the better. Taken into the soul, they add profound depth to our understanding of human nature.

1984, Animal Farm by George Orwell

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners, Ulysses by James Joyce

A Room with a View, Howards End by E.M. Forster

A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, David Copperfield, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Anna Karenina, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Beloved by Tony Morrison

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Dracula by Bram Stoker

East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbec

Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello by William Shakespeare

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Inferno by Dante

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Metamorphoses by Ovid

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Moby Dick by Herman Melville 

North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill

On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The Aeneid by Virgil

The Brothers Karamasov, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Iliad, The Odyssey by Homer

The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt

The Plague, The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli

The Republic by Plato

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenso

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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