Many of our favorite books were released long before we were around, so this was a fun and easy topic. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for continuing on the tradition!
1984 by George Orwell
This is a classic that I think will always be relevant, especially in an age increasingly dependent on surveillance.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
I’ve read this monster of an adventure three times, and it gets better with each reread.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
One of the most unusual and gripping stories I’ve ever read, I think about this book often.
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
This is a classic fantasy adventure that I think is criminally underrated.
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
I credit this book with getting me into sci-fi (and arguably into fantasy as well). There’s so much imagination packed into this quick and easy read.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
A movie adaptation of this gem came out when I was a kid so of course I read the book around the same time.
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
This one got me started on a Murakami kick that stopped once I read Killing Commendatore last year. Though it’s easy to slip into the narrative it went on for 300 or so more pages than it should have.
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
I read this one on a whim last year, after the new covers caught my eye in a bookstore.
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
One of the most underrated classics. I already want to re-read it. Perfect for those who have read Jane Eyre way too many times but need something to fill in that spot.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
I tried to read this for an AP English class in high school and just didn’t connect with it. I gave it another go in college and suddenly it all clicked and I’ve read it several times since.