3. 'The Color Purple' By Alice Walker
The Color Purple is one of those novels that rips your heart from your chest, just so it can return it and rip it out again. From race issues, to family, to domestic abuse, to autonomy, to religion, to the power of women, Alice Walker's novel is devastatingly gorgeous and deeply intense. Hell yeah it's going to make you cry, but that's how you know a book is worth it.