I read a lot and I read in a wide variety of genres. However, there are some specific books that I truly cherish. I know not everyone will agree with me on my selection, but these are books held my interest so thoroughly that I could not put them down. If you have a favorite book or two or three, add a comment to this post.
These are rather old books, which means some are now available for free. Some readers don't like antiquated language, but I am a patient reader and there are very few books that I have not finished, but I loved these books--despite the fossilized English. The characters are terrific!
These are not listed in order of preference. They were all great books for me.
Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Ravenscroft, by Dorothy Eden
Ammie Come Home, by Barbara Michaels
The Crystal Cat, by Velda Johnston
Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
In addition, almost any book by Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Grace Livingston Hill, and Charles Dickens.
There are newer, more modern books that I have enjoyed as well and I'll have to put those into another post. However, the books above are what I read when I was young and they had a great influence on me as a writer.