I absolutely love the classics and believe that every reader and writer should have a plethora of experience in the literature cannon.  These are just a couple of my favorites.

“It sounds plausible enough tonight, but wait until tomorrow. Wait for the common sense of the morning.” — HG Wells, The Time Machine.

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo was first written in 1844 and has become an iconic staple to the literature cannon. It is a tale about a man who is wrongfully imprisoned and escapes to exact his revenge against those who he feels betrayed him.  This book truly is timeless in its thematic and humanistic appeal.  This novel along with The Three Musketeers have become an essential read for anyone serious about literature.

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus –

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Mary Shelley is recognized as the mother of the Gothic horror genre.  What would our world be like without Frankenstein.  Although there are many distorted versions of this eternal novel, the original is timeless in it’s message about our own divine place in this world and how circumstances can influence us for good or evil.  Frankenstein was first published in 1818.