The list author says: "These are the books that have stayed with me for years or even decades after reading. Each has affected me deeply and changed me in some way. I hope to be entombed with a copy of each."
"I adore this book. Clever, enthralling, and hilarious are words that come to mind when I try to describe it. It is a powerhouse of a novel that is entertaining on many levels. This guy truly has a gift for the written word."
"This book is not quite what a lot of people expect it to be. I love it, not only for being the pinnacle of Gothic horror and the progenitor of such great things, but also simply as a powerful tale of good and evil."
"Of all the "required" classic literature I was instructed to read in high school and college (and actually read, that is), this is the one I enjoyed the most. It has become an "every winter" read for me."
"This was the first of China Mieville's books I read, and the one that made me his slave. A piece of me wishes I lived in Bas-Lag. A very deep, original fantasy. I could honestly recommend anything by China Mieville."
"On the surface, this novel appears to be a lighthearted revisionist fantasy, but if you pick it up you'll soon see that this is not the case. Maguire expertly addresses issues of social equality and the nature of good and evil, among others. For all its tragedy, I am perpetually compelled to re-read this book (and have, a few times)."
"I avoided Dickens for over a decade, and then decided to read Bleak House at the suggestion of a friend. I am an idiot for not reading this years ago. This is, of the Dickens novels I have read, his best work."
"In the endless parade of monotonous vampire fiction, this book and its sequels stand out as amazing. Built around the mythos and actual history of the man called Dracula, Kalogridis weaves a dark, engrossing tale and elaborates deliciously on many of the more mysterious bits of the original book."
"I don't read much in the way of science fiction, but I am glad I picked this one up (thanks, China Mieville, for the recommendation). The book has been called "mind-bending", and I can think of no better description. A very addicting read."
"This is another great example of storytelling at its finest. I don't know how to accurately describe what I felt during (and immediately after) the reading of this novel. Incredible on multiple levels."
"I am fascinated by ancient monarchy, and books like this one are the reason why. Karen Essex has written a magnificent, masterful account of Kleopatra's life and times. This is the kind of book that you will always want to read again, and so is the sequel. And again, I recommend any of this author's books."
"Probably the only other science fiction I could recommend with confidence. This book is simply great SF, but is also more than that. Le Guin explores the nature of gender and sexuality in a very unique way, and has also woven a wonderful mythology into this book."