10. Middlemarch by George Eliot

10. Middlemarch by George Eliot

Synopsis: “The novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829–1832, and follows several distinct, intersecting stories with a large cast of characters.

9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Checkhov

9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Checkhov

Synopsis: “Stories by the famous Russian author, Anton Chekhov. Chekhov lived during the last years of the Czars, and most of his stories are approximately of that time period.

8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

Synopsis: “In Search of Lost Time follows the narrator’s recollections of childhood and experiences into adulthood during late 19th century to early 20th century aristocratic France

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fizgerald

7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fizgerald

Synopsis: “The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession with the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.”

6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Synopsis: “Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Synopsis: “A nineteenth-century boy from a Mississippi River town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave

4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Synopsis: “Awe and exhiliration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in Lolita, Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Synopsis: “The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families.”

2. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

2. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert

Synopsis: “When Emma Rouault marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women’s magazines. 

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Synopsis: “Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky.