1984 by George Orwell - The classic novel that defined a genre. Smith lives in a society that in which Big Brother is always watching and even your thoughts are closely monitored by the thought police.
My favorite night stand book. The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by the Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. It is Gibran's best known work.