Stories have been around since the dawn of time, with people of all cultures passing them down either orally or written. These 35 novels are some of my favorites, and if you're taking an AP literature course, many of these are good to have read.

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

One of my favorite novels of all time. The story begins in the 1970s in Afghanistan and moves throughout Miriam's life, forced into marriage with an abusive man with the Soviet war raging on, and then the Taliban usurping power. It is an eye-opener to the way women are treated in the Middle East.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Basically, everyone has read Gatsby but the question of close reading applies. It's not just some tragic story, there's an immense amount of symbolism that requires some thought.

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

5. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Technically, A Doll's House is a play. It was originally written in Denmark in the 1800s and was immediately scorned for the feminism in it. I read it in Honors World Literature in grade 10 and still cannot get over it.

6. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

7. Night by Elie Wiesel

Night is completely heart-wrenching as it moves through the horrors of the Holocaust. The worst part is the fact that Elie Wiesel went through everything in the story but decided to write it novel-style because he didn't think that people would read an autobiography. Keep in mind while reading that every single detail is true and was witnessed by a young boy.

8. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Made me cry in the eighth-grade literature class. It is heartbreaking to read about people taunting Charlie, the mentally retarded protagonist because he just doesn't understand.

9. The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson

10. IT by Stephen King

Not just a horror novel, IT is intense and well-rounded. Stephen King is an excellent author.

11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

12. Diary of an Oxygen Theif by Anonymous

13. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

14. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

15. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

16. We Shall Not All Sleep by Estep Nagy

17. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

18. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

19. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

20. Anna Karenina by Tolstoy

21. For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

22. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

23. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

24. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

25. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

26. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

27. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

28. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

29. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

30. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

31. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Heartbreaking on the second page.

32. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Hysterical. Like, really funny. Character names include Major Major Major Major and Shithead.

34. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

35. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers