If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched and will most likely fill you with deep despair.
Book one: The Bad Beginning.
Book two: The Reptile Room.
Book three: The Wide Window.
Book four: The Miserable Mill.
Book five: The Austere Academy.
Book six: The Ersatz Elevator.
Book seven: The Vile Village.
Book eight: The Hostile Hospital.
Book nine: The Carnivorous Carnival.
Book ten: The Slippery Slope.
Book eleven: The Grim Grotto.
Book twelve: The Penultimate Peril.
Book thirteen: The End.