I've loved books all my life and have read tons, but these are the books that left a mark.
The Orchid House: For fans of The House at Riverton and Rebecca—a debut spanning from the 1930s to the present day, from a magnificent estate in war-torn England to Thailand, this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist, Julia, and the prominent Crawford family whose shocking secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences for generations to come.
The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley.
"And a part of you was drawn to her, and a part of you resisted--wanting to ride off on your bicycle, kick a stone, remain uncomplicated. In the same breath you felt the strength of a man, and a self-pity that made you feel small and hurt. Part of you thought: Please don't look at me. If you don't, I can still turn away. And part of you thought: Look at me.” It was difficult to keep the characters straight and the structure was confusing, but this book was still pretty interesting.
The History of Love
El Filibusterismo by Jose Rizal
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. An innocent man, Edmond Dantes, is imprisoned for years on a godforsaken island while the friend who betrayed him takes Dantes ravishing fiance for himself. Dantes eventually escapes, recovers a fortune in buried pirate treasure, transforms himself into the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, and methodically goes about exacting his revenge.
The Count of Monte Cristo