The list author says: "A classic piece of literature is sometimes hard to define. If the themes presented by the author still teach us about life, then the book could be considered a classic. Mark Twain said, "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." I hated being forced to read a book in school, but later on, after graduating, I would read the same classic and get so much more out of it. Also, remember that just because it's a classic, that doesn't mean it's good."