Lets get a list going... what are your MUST READ books?
Books that when you hear someone hasn't read it, your jaw drops... books that were so good you tell EVERYONE you know that they MUST READ IT.... books that stay in your heart forever...
I also thought that Gaiman's American Gods was really good.
Actually, I'd read anything Gaiman has his name on.
Alice in Wonderland
Go Ask Alice
Those were my three favorites from high school. AIW is my all-time favorite.
Also among my favorites-
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Rhapsody (Elizabeth Haydon)
And of course my own books :)
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd is a fascinating story with powerful imagery.
Let me think of a few others. I'll be back ...