What is your current favorite non-anime book?
Mine would have to by the gothic tale by Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. I had to read it for my literature class and found I liked it very much.
The story tells of a young Dorian Gray who becomes the art subject of Basil Hallward. Basil paints a beautiful picture of Dorian and he becomes obsessed with the fact that one day his beauty would fade away. He then wishes that the painting would age instead of him. I'm not going to tell the rest. You just have to read it, too. :3