So I'm not too sure how much everyone reads on here but I suspects almost everyone has a few books that they have read which they find inspiring and moving. The idea of this thread is to recommend those books to others and discusses why the top five books you've ever read should be read by everyone given the chance. 1. War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy) This book is baffling; I cannot conceive the scope of this literary achievement. Tolstoy puts forward a cast of characters that so accurately and beautifully describes human nature, life, and death that cannot fail to move any reader. This is the best book ever written. I beg of you to recommend one better if you can. 2. Anna Karennina (Leo Tolstoy) This book is largely a discussion of love and how it is that people love one another. It is beautiful, inspiring, and true. 3. Mother Night (Kurt Vonnegut Jr.) This book follows the life of a WWII Nazi propagandist throughout both the war and after. The book explores the extent to which our actions are carried throughout time. Its short, funny on occasion, and moving. 4. The Sound and The Fury (William Faulkner) This book follows the life of a woman through the eyes and mentality of a cast of characters that surround her among which includes a severely mentally challenged individual. Its an amazing book that explores the best and worst of human nature. Get the version that has color print, it majesty it easier to read. 5. Mobey Dick (Herman Melville) A wonderful expiration of passions, convictions, and life. Its got a big monster and is beautifully written; everyone will love it.