1. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood - One of the best books ever. It's so eerily possible.
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini - Another best book ever. Good if you are interesting in the problems in the Middle-East from the perspective of someone who lived there. Also good if you're interested in women's rights (and who isn't?).
3. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins - I've described this book as Extreme Survivor. That still holds true.
4. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King - King's epic. It's also good for those who don't necessarily like horror, because this lends itself towards fantasy.
5. 1984, by George Orwell - You want to know where "Big Brother" comes from? Here it is. It is so scary.
6. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells - Classic Science-Fiction: Wells' commentary on the British class structure, with our cannibalistic descendants. I plan or re-reading this one soon.
7. The Shopaholic Series, by Sophie Kinsella - So fun! Good for the beach, to relax, to forget about the world.
8. Flush, by Virginia Woolf - It is short and clever. It's a great way to test out Woolf if you're not sure about diving in, probably the least like her other books.
9. Kindred, by Octavia Butler - It's been over a decade since I read it, but the story has stayed with me and I don't think it will ever leave. To me, that's pretty powerful writing.
10. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley - Easily my favourite of the classic horrors.
So, read these books. I highly recommend them. What do you think I should read? Recommendations?