For various reasons and in no particular order.
  1. The Night Trilogy (Night, Dawn, The Accident) - Elie Wiesel
    Haunting, provocative accounts of Auschwitz. Part nonfiction (Night and Dawn), part fiction; all too real and disturbing.
  2. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    Lyrical, sweeping story that will remind you why literature matters.
  3. Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
    A fictional telling of Canada's shameful treatment of Aboriginal children in residential schools.
  4. Love You Forever - Robert Munsch
    The most enduring love story.
  5. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
    A harrowing reflection on the psychological repercussions of the Holocaust.
  6. Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
    Ishiguro brings his mastery to a tale of the ethical dilemmas science presents.
  7. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
    Irrepressible Anne Shirley's classic coming-of-age story.
  8. Nicholas and Alexandra - Robert K. Massie
    The tragic story of Russia's last royal family, beautifully told.
  9. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
    Steinbeck's engrossing saga of the fictional Trask family. Prime candidates for an episode of Jerry Springer.
  10. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    The classic story of the thin line between love and hate.