I can only answer by listing ten books that I haves enjoyed, or which have given me much pleasure and many insights. They're in no particular order.
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Fitzgerald's translation) Discourse on Reason (Descartes) Thinking to Some Purpose (Susan Stebbing) The Lay of the Last Minstrel (Sir Walter Scott) Anything by C.S.Lewis (he might be a bigot, but his books are full of imagery) Anything by Isaac Asimov (brilliant sci-fi writer with amazing insights) Anything about world history. Androcles and the Lion (George Bernard Shaw) The Bible (by God, et al) ... That'll surprise a few people. The Mistress of Dimmiga Berg (by your Uncle Dodgy, soon to be published as an eBook).
Sorry about the last one but I couldn't resist getting a plug in. :D
i think religious books/holy textures have good moral meanings to them i think everyone should at least try to read some historical books to learn about where they came from and how the past happened but heres my list on the ones i like (sorry some are series) 1harry potter 2heroes of Olympus 3percy jackson and the olympians 4the shiloh series 5where the red fern grows 6chronicles of nick 7chronicles of kane 8 stevoes bio 9Eistens Bio 10 any dr seuse book
the Bible, the chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the rings trilogy, the Dark is rising series, the tales of Prydain (the Black cauldron series), a wrinkle in time, the sword of shanra, the Jane Jeffrie mysteries, the cat who mysteries, and the grace and favor mysteries.
1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 2. Divergent by Veronica Roth 3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 5. Uglies by Scot Westerfield 6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner 7.The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 8. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix 9. The Limit by Kristen Landon 10. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix I have read all of these books, and I would recommend all of them.
Dear Nicole, Like Dozy, I would also begin my own list with THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM...just so marvelous...the inspired translation(s) of Edward Fitzgerald.
Other books that influenced me: BLACK BEAUTY, by Anna Sewell...changed how people related to horses. Sewell spent most of her adult life writing that book, and then died shortly afterward.
THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand (But ATLAS SHRUGGED is considered her masterpiece; I disagree intensively.)
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI by Paramahansa Yogananda. A spiritual classic.
THE KING OF ELFLAND'S DAUGHTER by Lord Dunsany. A watershed change in literature, a foundation for modern fantasy novels...I melted into the way he views the concept of time...
MRS. DALLOWAY, by Virginia Woolf. This one requires endurance, you only come to value it afterwards. Be prepared...the book starts with 42 pages of description just for Mrs. Dalloway to walk a few blocks to the florist shop for flowers to give a dinner that night. But Virginia Woolf's writing also changed the form of modern literature.