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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell
Boswell’s London Journal
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Cask of the Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M.R. James
All the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
The Odyssey by Homer
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
She by H. Rider Haggard
King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Chthulu stories of H.P. Lovecraft


Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Gateway and Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Frederik Pohl
Timescape by Gregory Benford
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Dune by Frank Herbert
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Thrillers and Mystery

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carre
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Perfume by Patrick Susskind
Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Map of Bones by James Rollins
The Amber Room by Steve Berry
Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
First Blood by David Morrell
Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
Plum Island by Nelson DeMille
The Keep by F. Paul Wilson
The Medusa Stone by Jack Du Brul
Palindrome by Stuart Woods
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Red Rain by R.L. Stine
Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
The Poet by Michael Connelly
The Killing Floor by Lee Child
Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler
Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
The Wreck of the Mary Deare by Hammond Innes
The Land God Gave to Cain by Hammond Innes
Absolute Power by David Baldacci
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Light in August by William Faulkner
Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
Love Among the Ruins by Walker Percy
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
The Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O’Brian
Flying Solo by Roald Dahl
Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Canada by Richard Ford
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Point of No Return by John P. Marquand
The Last Hurrah by Edwin O’Connor
When the Snows Come They Will Take You Away by Eric Newby
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
Centennial by James Michener
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
When She Was Good by Philip Roth

Children’s books
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Sky Island by L. Frank Baum
The Curious Lobster’s Island by Richard Warren Hatch
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

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