NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A wise person once wrote, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." No, that wise one was not me but thank you for your thoughts.
Rather, it was my favorite doctor, Dr. Seuss, an author of such imagination who when confronted with a word he could not rhyme, simply created his own to fit.
But my adoration is not reserved simply for him. My bookshelves overspilleth with treasures found elbow-deep in boxes at garage sales and shelves at second-hand stores.
Most of those books, though enjoyable, were not life-changing. There are few that truly are, but once found, you'll be hard-pressed to let them go from your shelves or your thoughts.
Here are 12 books you must read in this lifetime.
This list is by no means definitive. Please, put your suggestions in the comments section below.
1. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
The first and only published novel written by Emily Bronte, sister to Anne and Charlotte, this story follows the doomed love and lives of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, set upon the lonely moors of the farmhouse Wuthering Heights.
It's a dark romance of star-crossed lovers which puts Twilight to shame. This is the original story of destructive love, a stranger tall, dark and handsome, and how jealousy and infatuation can shatter lives. A tough read, but necessary.