This is a difficult question! I read many of them as a child (when I had more free time and more motivation to read “the greats” specifically), I might not have appreciated them as much as I could. (There’s also some I remember enjoying but haven’t read since and don’t remember well like A Connecticut Yankee in [name_m]King[/name_m] Arthur’s [name_m]Court[/name_m] by [name_m]Mark[/name_m] [name_m]Twain[/name_m] and War and [name_u]Peace[/name_u] by [name_u]Leo[/name_u] Tolstoy. )
The two that made the most impact (common on this site) on me were probably [name_m]Little[/name_m] Women by [name_f]Louisa[/name_f] [name_f]May[/name_f] [name_u]Alcott[/name_u] and A Tree Grows in [name_u]Brooklyn[/name_u] by [name_f]Betty[/name_f] [name_m]Smith[/name_m]. That might be because they have grown with me the most, and I’ve been able to connect with the stories since I first read them at 7 or 8.
Off the top of my head, I’m a fan of all the [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Austen[/name_u] I have read (not [name_m]Mansfield[/name_m] [name_u]Park[/name_u] or Northanger [name_u]Abbey[/name_u] yet), Shakespeare’s comedies, Tolkien’s work, Animal Farm by [name_u]George[/name_u] [name_m]Orwell[/name_m], Invisible [name_u]Man[/name_u] by [name_m]Ralph[/name_m] [name_u]Ellison[/name_u], [name_f]Agatha[/name_f] Christie’s work, and the poetry of Wislawa Szymborska, W.H. [name_u]Auden[/name_u], [name_f]Maya[/name_f] [name_f]Angelou[/name_f], [name_m]Khalil[/name_m] [name_m]Gibran[/name_m], and [name_m]Langston[/name_m] [name_m]Hughes[/name_m]. I’m also a fan of children’s classics such as [name_m]Little[/name_m] House on the [name_u]Prairie[/name_u] by [name_f]Laura[/name_f] Ingalls [name_u]Wilder[/name_u], The [name_f]Secret[/name_f] Garden by [name_f]France[/name_f] [name_m]Hodgson[/name_m] [name_m]Burnett[/name_m], The Chronicles of [name_f]Narnia[/name_f] by C.S. [name_m]Lewis[/name_m], and [name_f]Alice[/name_f] in Wonderland by [name_m]Lewis[/name_m] [name_u]Carroll[/name_u].
Sorry, that got a little long!