I note that bubbling around the web are the reading lists for Carl Sagan and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Some convergence – for example I have read the entirety of the Biblical text. It’s an eye opening experience let me tell you. It’s where you discover terms like translation error, copy error, editorial error etc.
But here’s my list:
Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”. Talks about what happens when you stratify a soceity.
John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me”. A white southerner decides to take drugs to darken his skin to have the black experience. Quite eye opening.
George Orwell’s “1984”. Scary shit there.
Ira Levin’s “A Kiss Before Dying”.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
A lot of that list above was inspired by the high school I attended. You could say that they were just a little subversive there.