Some books have survived the test of time.  Here are the ones I recommend, from what I have currently read, in no particular order:

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Macbeth, by William Shakespeare

Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott