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Willa Cather's My Antonia is on a lot of hi school reading lists, but it is one that is actually enjoyed.
I enjoyed Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and am looking forward to his new one.
John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath holds your attention, but East of Eden is not as dark.
Gone with the Wind
The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, My Antonia, The Moviegoer and The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy, Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry, Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin, The Old Man and the Sea, Brothers Karamazov, Faulkner's Sound and the Fury, Invisible Man by Ellison.
I like most of Bellow, but I would include esp. Seize the Day, Herzog, and Mr. Sammler's Planet.
That's enough I guess, a short list that's not too taxing on the average reader.
OK, here are some of my nominations for readable literary novels, starting with the ones I mentioned on the other thread:
Russell Hoban Riddley Walker
A. S. Byatt Possession
C. S. Lewis Till We Have Faces
Par Lagerkvist Barabbas
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
Charles Dickens Bleak House
Mervyn Peake Titus Groan
There are other books which I regard as great novels, but perhaps not "literary" in whatever sense that is taken. There I would list, for example, Richard Adams Watership Down, H.G. Wells First Men in the Moon, Jules Verne 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, G. G. Kay Tigana, and (oh no, is he going to say it?) Tolkien Lord of the Rings (aargh! he said it!).
What about Earthly powers? A book about everything that's in genuinely poor taste, but very enjoyable. Not quite sure if it counts as a classic, but Burgess certainly thought it did.
Arnold Bennett was a great entertainer: The old wives' tale would be a good candidate for the list.
Cranford is obviously the "enjoyable classics" counterpart of Middlemarch.
Barchester Towers is another 19th century book that it's hard not to enjoy.
I'd put in a vote for the deeply unfashionable The adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan as well, but I suppose that there aren't many people who would call it a classic, fun though it undoubtedly is.
(To the list of "bad but enjoyable" books you could add Ivanhoe, King Solomon's mines, Beau Geste, The thirty-nine steps and The prisoner of Zenda)
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien probably don't need to be on any list - if you haven't read them as a teenager, it's too late. Probably goes for Asimov and Hesse, too. Kim is probably a better bet than Siddhartha if you want a book that represents approachable Eastern mysticism.
324. Kristin Lavransdatter The Bridal Wreath The Mistress of Husaby The Cross, by Sigrid Undset (read 24 Apr 1947) (Book of the Year)
Lots of great ones here. >10 Schmerguls: Schmerguls, I'm afraid a few of mine also may not strike people as enjoyable reads, but I thought they were. Except for Jane Austen, I tried to stick to one book per author. Here we go:
Classics that also are good reads:
Pride and Prejudice
Persuasion (I'll stop there - I'm goofy about Austen, and someone already mentioned Sense and Sensibility)
Master and Margarita
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Trial by Franz Kafka (ok, you need a certain type of temperament to enjoy this, and others below)
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion
Oliver Twist and David Copperfield
The Way We Live Now
Most of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries (though I'm not sure these are considered masterpieces)
Wives and Daughters, Cranford
I'd say most of the Shakespeare plays, but you have to be in the right mood for it to be enjoyable.