I could name all the classics, but truth be told, I prefer modern literature. Call me shallow.
I tend to read mainly mystery/suspense, with an occasional mainstream novel or nonfiction "how-to." I like Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen, Ken Bruen, Joe Konrath, Dennis Lehane, Con Lehane, (no, they're not related), Krk Russell, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, David Baldacci, Nevada Barr, Jeffery Deaver, Sean Chercover and more I can't think of right now. Re: specific books...if I like a writer, I generally enjoy all or most of their books.