The ones I have already read are:
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.
It was a novel I always wanted to read but it is a bit of a cheesy cliche. But now I was forced to read it and I loved it. There are a lot of differences between the novel and what everyone thinks they know about the story. For example, Frankenstein is the name of the Doctor who makes the monster. Throughout the entire book the monster is usually called 'creature'. I think Mary Shelley wanted us to feel pity for the creature, who is nothing more than a victim of science.
We Need to Talk ABout Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
This book is pretty disturbing, in the positive sense of disturbing. The book is an epistolary novel, written by Kevin's mother. I do not want to give away anything of the plot, but at the end of the book everything you thought you knew has changed. You feel sorry for all the characters and despise all of them at the same time. Reading it was a bit of a weird experience because the subject matter is quite touchy. This is typically a book that everyone has a different experience about.
The one I am reading:
The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
I haven't begun reading this book yet so it should probably be a different category, but I dislike labeling, so who cares?
The novel begins with a play on James's The Ambassadors. Tom Ripley is chosen by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf to retrieve Greenleaf's son, Dickie, from his overlong sojourn in Italy. Dickie, it seems, is held captive both by the Mediterranean climate and the attractions of his female companion, but Mr. Greenleaf needs him back in New York to help with the family business. With an allowance and a new purpose, Tom leaves behind his dismal city apartment to begin his career as a return escort. But Tom, too, is captivated by Italy. He is also taken with the life and looks of Dickie Greenleaf. He insinuates himself into Dickie's world and soon finds that his passion for a lifestyle of wealth and sophistication transcends all moral compunction. Tom will become Dickie Greenleaf--at all costs.
Doesn't sound too bad, so I should probably just start reading! How about you guys? What are you reading?