Just a few of the classics I've read over the years are: The Grapes of Wrath (loved it), East of Eden (awful), Madame Bovary, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I'm currently reading Little Women and really enjoying it. I've tried reading Frankenstein and The Scarlet Letter, but couldn't get into them--perhaps I may re-try them one day; are they worth it?
How are Charles Dickens' books? Is there a particular one I should start with? I definitely intend to read A Christmas Carol.