So I'm rectifying that by taking a look at the reading recommendations of some well known people of influence (whose opinions may be a little more noteworthy!):
Nelson Mandela: Invictus (poem), William Ernest Henley
Richard Branson: Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
Oprah Winfrey: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Mark Twain: The French Revolution, Thomas Carlyle
George Orwell: the works of Somerset Maugham
Bill Clinton: The Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper
Meryl Streep: The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
Bill Gates: The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Jodi Picoult: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Laurens van der Post: Middlemarch, George Eliot
Barack Obama: Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Invictus, it goes without saying, is an awesome poem. Swallows and Amazons was a favourite of mine too growing up. And I adore The Great Gatsby, good choice Bill Gates. Am thinking of adding Song of Solomon to my reading list. Obama is a voracious reader so his list of favourites is a mile long, you can see more of them here.
I struggled to find out the favourite books of famous women of influence. Can you come up with any others?