1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I like it because it's dark and romantic.
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
It's so magical, you can visualise the yellow butterflies, the red ants and the scorpions in the sunset coming to life...When I finished the book I thought Marquez was God.
3. 'And Then' and 'Mon', both by Natsume Soseki
If Marquez is God, then Soseki is Man. He understood what it means to be human...'Mon' requires a bit of background knowledge on Zen Buddhism, so 'And Then' would be a good start. Soseki essentially writes about the mundane vicissitudes of life. Man is alone in the universe, the difficulties in relationships and society...that sort of thing.
Alternatively, try 'The Three Cornered World', where an artist goes off to the mountains to seek inspiration.
4. 'Walden' by Henry David Thoreau
Simply because life is too stressful; we need some common sense.
Random comments on some of the other posts:
1984 -- Good call, but too depressing for me.
Kite Runner -- Good call, but it will not be in my top ten list
Siddartha -- Good call, but makes life sound a bit depressing too.
Jane Eyre -- Good call, but try Wuthering Heights
Love in the Time of Cholera -- Good call, but I still prefer One Hundred Years of Solitude
Catcher in the Rye -- Not my cup of tea
On the Road -- Gets boring after a while
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man -- Too depressing and not my cup of tea
Ulysses -- You got to enlighten me man...
Ender's Game -- Generally I'm not into science fiction; had to read this one for one of my uni modules
Book of Laughter and Forgetting -- he is genrally not my cup of tea; even then, I thought the best was 'Immortality', 'Unbearable Lightness of Being is also better than 'Book of Laughter and Forgetting' in my opinion
Harry Potter -- I never made it past book 1
Lord of the Rings - had to read book 1 for a uni module; never read the rest
Lolita -- Never finished it. He has a slightly irritating self-conscious writing style, though I must say his English writing is excellent
BFG -- My favourite by Roald Dahl was actually Danny the Champion of the World, followed by the Great Glass Elevator
7 Habits of Highly Effective People -- excellent book, but certainly hard to make it a favourite
The Little Prince -- Good call
Never Let Me Go -- Can't comment on this book because I gave up on it too soon, but I loved 'An Artist of the Floating World' and 'When We Were Orphans'...'Pale View of the Hills' is not bad, I like 'Nocturnes' too...I read 'Unconsoled' some time back and was a bit lost...but in general his two supposedly best books, 'Remains of the Day' and 'Never Let Me Go' are too English-y for me...I like it when Ishiguro writes with a *little* bit of Japanese touch; 'Nocturnes' being an exception
Wind-up Bird Chronicle -- I gave up on this one too; I thought his best was Norwegian Wood...I don't like it when he tries to be surreal or when he added historical elements to the book
Tuesdays with Morrie -- Good call, especially for non-fiction
Angela's Ashes -- same as 'On the Road'...gets boring after a while
As for the rest, I haven't read the titles or the authors, so can't comment .....
Curious Incident of the Dog -- Not my cup of tea either, especially for a Whitbread winner, I think it cannot be put alongside books like 'Wide Sargasso Sea'