1. 'Pride and Prejudice' - Jane Austen
Everyone needs to read this book. Even if it's just to see what real romance is like <3 (I can't help it, sorry).
2. At least one Shakespeare play
Even though I personally don't really enjoy reading Shakespeare plays I agree that he is one of the best playwrights our world has ever known and everyone should have at least (attempted to) read one of his works.
3. 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' - J.K. Rowling
Everyone should know what brilliant fiction is like and what better way than to read Harry Potter? Just the first part, so everyone can decide for themselves whether they want to read on or not (even though you would be silly if you didn't...).
4. 'A Christmas Carol' - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens deserves a place on this list as well and I've chosen my favourite novel of his, mainly because it is such a classic story everyone should know.
5. 'The Odyssey' - Homer
A true classic.
6. A novel by James Joyce
I personally didn't realise how horrible a book could be until I had to read my first James Joyce novel for school. I hated it, but it did provide me with a new look at books and how to appreciate them.
7. 'Little Women' - Louisa May Alcott
Yes, I just added this one because I love it and it's one of my favourites...!
8. An example of children's literature
I did some research into children's literature when I was at university and loved it, and I think it's important that everyone reads at least one of these, next to most likely seeing the Disney films...!
9. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' - Oscar Wilde
A novel that has always stayed with me; a really powerful story.