In addition to consulting these lists, I consulted The Book That Changed My Life
in which 71 writers list the books that matter most to them. From all this research, I can safely list four books that seem to be named over and over as "must-reads". These four are:
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Happy reading and I would love to hear from you about your list of "must-read" classics.