To bring you this. An amazing exercise for voracious readers. It's over tomorrow but give yourself a two day deadline and try it.
Some books and their inhabitants are more like good friends than anything else. They may or may not change your life, but they are there for you when you really need them.
The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams, first read 1979, last 2010.
Follow two confused earthlings as they travel across space with two unconventional alien men, a suicidal robot, and a ship with its own mind and meet with bizarre misadventures.
Clever and acerbic British comedy, I laughed uproariously more over these books than any others I've ever encountered.
The Vampire Chronicles; Anne Rice. First read 1982, last 2010. Parts 1-3.
Peel back the layers of the onion and find treasure every step of the way with this historical trilogy that actually improves on the original mythos.
One of the rare stories that is work to read but more than worth it, travel thousands of years and miles in the intimate company of sublime characters.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood; Rebecca Wells. First read 2000, last 2011.
Explore the deep hearts of the women of the bayou as you return to War Era America and its modern-day survivors.
A small sisterhood of four live through surprising and sometimes tragic lives, never stopping to count the cost of authentic friendship.
Salem's Lot; Stephen King, '90s foreword. First read 1978, last 2011.
A twist on Bram Stoker finds the suave count making a comeback in a rural American town, as you intimately experience the death of a small town's inhabitants through the eyes of a small band of unlikely but intrepid heros.
King takes you into the story personally, causes genuine fear, and gives you characters and imagery you will always want to visit.
The books I haven't read yet.