Since people here are hitting more on the fantasy/sci-fi genres, I’ll suggest some general fiction I like.
The Old Man and the Sea - Hemmingway Short, good read. Probably my favorite book. (Possibly read this in conjunction with The Pearl by Steinbeck)
Watership Down - Richard Adams It’s a book about rabbits and has some nice allusions to various government types. I like it alot, and it has a very well done animated movie that was adapted off of its story.
Patriot Games - Tom Clancy It’s Tom Clancy. Bestest Tom Clancy book ever. ( to you, SK)
The Grapes of Wrath - Steinbeck It’s nothing but Communist propaganda, but it’s still a very well written, intriguing story. Somewhat on the long side, but I like it.
And now for a fantasy suggestion. The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin. It has some nice Daoist principles in it along with a very Jungian backdrop in the first book. Dai could tell you more about the Earthsea books outside of the original trilogy.
You may also want to try reading some short stories. I’ve found Poe to be excellent in this regard (duh), so that could possibly fit in for you liking horror.
Mario Puzo has written some fantastic Mafioso books. Some of the best are:
If you’re aching for some Fantasy, R.A. Salvatore has written a great deal of books in the Forgotten Realms setting. The “Dark Elf Trilogy” is good, as well as “The Clerical Quintet”. I wouldn’t suggest it unless you’re an Dungeons and Dragons fan though…
I’m not into the mages and magic types of books. I like political novels.
Animal Farm-George Orwell
Darkness at Noon-Arthur Koesteller
And if Soviet fiction isnt your thing, i read this recently for a race project. It’s about a man who was a pimp, he reflects on why he did it, and why he failed at it (feelings), and why hes one of the few who survived the life. Not my usual type of book, but a interesting read nonetheless…
PIMP, the story of my life-Iceberg Slim/Robert Beck
The riftwar saga and Faerie tale by Raymond E. Feist
The Chronicles of amber and Madwand by Roger Zelazny
Xanth novels by Piers Anthony
Eyes of the dragon by Stephen King
and maybe try some Roald Dahl books…