My all time favorite classic, is Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. Just such a great story and such well built characters, with all the classic plot lines......love, death, betrayal, honor, human failings, and redemption........it's got EVERYTHING, and you even learn a few French words along the way.
A thick book, but a pleasant read, and a real page turner.
I am also very fond of the collection of short works by Guy de Maupassant. Witty, sharp stuff.
If you want to read something truly fascinating.......try, "Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock. He takes on nothing less than the riddle of the Shinx itself.
If ya want a nice breezy read.......try "Waiting for White Horses", by Nathan Jorgenson.
Good stuff......a pleasant novel about life in general and duck hunting , of all things, but I assure you, after you read this book.....it makes duck hunting seem like the coolest thing in the world, even if you love animals! It was that good!
and if you really want to hurt your brain.........Read "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" by Baigent.
a bit of a slog, with endless references, but absolutely fascinating to watch him slog thru 2,000 years of history.
After you read that......then you *have* to read Dan Brown's DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons , just for laughs.
Dan Brown stole every last word and idea from Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
Brown's character "Teabing".....the grail scholar.......was an anagrm of the REAL Grail scholar, BAIGENT.
There........that should hold you for awhile. Enjoy!