I have so many favourites I could take up pages talking about them! I love the oldie classics like A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Treasure Island and anything by the Brontes or Jane Austin. I also love more recent classics, like To Kill A Mockingbird, and unlike my best friend from school, I've been enthralled by Gone With the Wind since the age of 16.
I see no reason why contemporary writers can be "classic" also - in a hundred years some of them will be on everyone's list! Anything by Graham Greene (I am currently reading The Quiet American) and Kazuo Ishiguro (I've just finished reading Never Let Me Go - which I read three times in one week, to pick up all the nuances I'd missed). Last week I was reading Third Shift - Pact, part of the Wool series by Hugh Howey, another favourite author. And staying with the scifi genre, I must include Day of the Triffids by John Wyndam. I'll read just about anything by Isaac Azimov, or Somerset Maughan, novels or short stories. This is just a very short list of favourites. So many books, so little time!
Just as a postscript, I'd like to give a plug to Solaris by Stanislaw Lem. This is hard science fiction, but with a creepy, mystical feel to it - a whole planet made up of a strange ocean - an ocean that is both alien and sentient.
Bi Bi for now, and happy reading everyone!