8. In Search of Lost Time by Proust
Lost Time follows the narrator’s recollections of childhood and experiences into adulthood during the late 19th century to early 20th century of aristocratic France, while reflecting on the loss of time and lack of aiming to the planet.
9. The Stories of Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
A book by the famous Russian author, Chekhov. Chekhov lived during the last years of the Czars, and most of his stories are approximate of that period. The book gives an excellent view of Russian life in czarist Russia, as well as entertaining plots and style.
10. Middlemarch by George Eliot
The novel is about within the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch from 1829–1832 and follows several distinct, intersecting stories with an outsized cast of characters. Issues include the status of girls, the character of marriage, idealism, self-interest, religion, hypocrisy, political reform, and education.