I've read Les Miserables, which was really good (when it was focusing on Jean Val Jean.) In other words, I really didn't care one way or another for Marius or Cosette, and I found their romance was just so...typical and cliched. Bah.
I think bringing up other books that weren't originally in English is okay. I can only read in English, though, so I have to suffice with translations. Sigh.
Another awesome book is Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. It was simply written, which is awesome in this case, because the starkness of the prose leaves indelible images in your mind. The story is so tragic, and even though the protagonist is very flawed, which adds to his humanity, instead of alienating you. (Okonkwo I think his name was?)
I wonder if we could add poetry?