7 Books Your Parents Read (That are Still Cool) Oldies but goodies Just because your parents love these books doesn't mean they aren't worth a read. Most of them are classics for a reason! 1. On the Road Jack Kerouac 2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy John Le Carre 3. The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 4. The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 5. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 Sue Townsend 6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis 7. The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger Tags: parents, classics View the discussion thread.