Best things I've read:
Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
and of course the Harry Potters
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller
Want to read:
The Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard
Utopia by Thomas More
A Discourse on Inequality by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Candide by Voltaire
and several others
Everyone should read about Existentialism, but with an open mind. I know a lot of people that immediately associate it with atheism or hopelessness, but that's not what it's about (for me anyway). It's about the freedom of choice, the freedom to be whatever you choose to be. I want to read Candide because it makes fun of the philosophy of fatalism that I dislike so much.
Monte Cristo and Two Cities are simply outstanding books that everyone should read. Where the Red Fern Grows was my childhood fav with Charlotte's Web. I still remember my 2nd and 3rd grade teachers reading them to the class.
Everyone should read Audacity of Hope and Physics for Future Presidents. Hope gives you an insight to President Obama (before he was president) and shows you how smart he really is, and details his perspective on the issues. Physics dispells myths about things from a nuclear terrorist attack to global warming, offering scientific evidence for whether things are overhyped or underhyped.