Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The great romance between the violent and weathered Heathcliff and Catherine never gets old. I am not too crazy about love stories, but this one is not the typical mushy kind. It is a violent love that hurts themselves and everyone around them. Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange will suck you in.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
A man who is consumed with making another human has his life ruined by it. This story shows the dark side of human nature; how humans treat those that are different.
Tess of D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
Anything Hardy is good, but I feel that this is his best. The ending is very good, because Tess gets her revenge on the man that ruined her life and has a fabulous last week before her death.
Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Beautifully written and beautiful story. Its funny how Hester has all of the burden, while the father can live life as usual. It is also very interesting how the child grows up, like a recreation of the act that created it. The child symbolizes the sinful act.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The story of a man that makes it big by starting from the bottom never gets old. I want to make it big like him one day, but I won’t be doing it for a girl nor throwing it away for a girl.
Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
This is the first full length mystery and it keeps one hooked! Who really is the woman in white??
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Set in the mysterious African jungle, there is an American soldier; in a tiny village he is treated like a god, but acts like a tyrant. He has gone totally crazy. Back home he is a great noble man.
Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
A man in his prime of looks wants to look beautiful forever. While he stays looking young and fresh, his heart rots. Oscar Wilde writes incredibly beautifully, I’ve read everything he has published
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
The second book in the Deptford Trilogy (the first book being Fifth Business), takes place in a psychologist’s office where David Staunton recalls his whole life. This book is subtle in its explanation of interpersonal relationships and different archetypes that David Staunton recounts, but is almost surely met by many people throughout their lives. The psychologist in the book follows a Jungian school of thought, which might show the reader how Jungian analysis is done (this was new to me).
This list now rarely gets updated, because I feel as one gets older the excitement and novelty of a good book wears off. I am not sure if I read another Wuthering Heights, I’d feel the magic that I once did when I was younger.
This is the crème de la crème of what I like. If you have read any of these books, I hope you have liked them just as much as I did.