1. The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
This series is unlike anything I have ever read before. If you have not read these books, I strongly urge you to. You won't regret it!
“Keep in mind that I'm crazy, won't you?”
[in no particular order from here on out]
4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
A great work of fiction, if confusing as confusing can be. Give the audiobook a try! Narrator Rupert Degas is a unique talent and genius at what he does!
“In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.”
5. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Work of great importance! The characters will take you with them on their tough journey through everyday life in times of slavery - and they won't let go of you after you close the book. Must read!
“What the color is, who the daddy be, who the mama is don't mean nothin'. We a family, carin' for each other. Family make us strong in times of trouble. We all stick together, help each other out. That the real meanin' of family.”
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
One of the greatest stories of friendship of all time and a classic for everyone.
“A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.”
7. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.”
8. The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
I strongly urge you to read this novel by human rights lawyer Michelle Cohen Corasanti! This book will capture your attention from the very first page and will stay with you long after you close it. It will touch you; it will educate you.
“People hate out of fear and ignorance. If they could just get to know the people they hate, and focus on their common interests, they could overcome that hatred.”
9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Thirty years of Afghan history told through the lives of two utterly different women. Important work telling the story through voices we rarely hear from in the West. Do read!
“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,
Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”
10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peal Pie Society
If this title doesn't make you curious then I don't know what will. A must read for any bibliophile.
“That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”