I'd say, read Animal Farm before 1984...it's just as good, if not better.
I'm currently having to read some Shakespeare for my course. Just finished Julius Caesar...it wasn't bad. I should be moving on to One Henry IV soon... I quite like Shakespeare...once you get into his plays they're pretty interesting, and even somewhat relevant to today...well...some of them. I might re read Titus Andronicus soon...lots of clever puns in it and plenty of gore.