It is said that books are your best friends. There’s no doubt that with books you will experience the most loyal and the truest friendship. They increase your lifespan, lower your stress levels and boost your intelligence plus vocabulary. Losing yourself in a great novel is one of life’s most enduring joys. It is the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a completely different world and walk-in shoes of different people and experience so many wonderful lives. Despite the fact that there are thousands of books out there, the truth is that only a few of them are really valuable.  Since I love reading books, I am here to share a list of 10 must-read books for everyone.

The books that I’m about to tell are written by the greatest literary minds of their time. These books have universal genres, themes, characters, experiences, emotions and perspectives that are still relevant today. Such books will keep on influencing our lives because the emotions they carry is what human life is marked upon.

Here are my top 10 choices of must-read books and we are sure that you will add these books to your reading list.

1) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling.

This eight-book long series is the best series that one can experience in their lifetime. It is a perfect blend of everything a reader wants.

You will be fascinated to be a part of the life of ‘The boy who lived’. From the magical school of Hogwarts to true sacrifice in friendship, it is a perfect blend of knowledge, human emotions and fantasy. Whether you are an adult or a child, you’ll definitely fall in love with the wonderful characters of Harry Potter.

2) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

This book is my personal favourite and I would recommend each one of you to read it. Pulitzer Prize winner, published in 1960, this timeless classic is the collective conscience of the Deep South in the 20th century. From throwing light upon some important issues of rape, gender roles and racial inequality, the writer has filled it with warmth and humour.

3) Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

One of the most famous novels by Jane Austen, Its humour lies in its honest depiction of manners, education, marriage, and money during the Regency Era in Great Britain.

 With its full dark academia vibes, it portrays the courtship of two opposed characters with subtle humour and classic romance.

4). Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

Be a part of the wonderful journey of four sisters as they learn and grow with their own prominent personalities, have their own individual opinions and portray their different defining choices and paths in 19th century Medieval England.

You’ll be fascinated by the passion of these girls to leave a mark in their time of a male-dominated society. When you read it today, you would not feel like it was written centuries ago. The issues highlighted resonate with me so well. This is a must-read book for everyone who wishes to fly and break the shackles of dominance.

5) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

A story of Kabul, Afghanistan, experiences the friendship of a young boy, Amir, and his best friend. Hassan, despite ethnic and religious differences.

Get to know how the story unravels in the time of the Taliban regime.

Everyone has heard, at least, once in their lifetime of this classic love story. Read it to know the essence of epic tragedy, revenge and desire.

Experience the characters’ deep love and sharing of emotions in this masterpiece by Hosseini. In fact, this book is a must-read for every feminist who had to explain WHY feminism is needed!

7) The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.

This classic dystopian novel portrays the story of the near future in the country of Gilead, It tells a horrifying story of a government takeover by an extreme religious group dominated by men, supported by their passive wives. 

8) The diary of a young girl, by Anne Frank.

The book was written from the diary of a little girl, Anne, while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi rule in Germany.

Portraying the horrifying views of the holocaust to concentration camps. This book is in the list of must-read books of everyone who has an empathetic heart!

9) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Another story during Nazi rule. Experience the bravery, that is rarely found in today’s world, and friendship, that is formed in the most unlikely of situations.

The story revolves around Liesel, who rescues book and her family, has helped a Jewish fighter hide in their basement, saving him from the atrocities of the Nazi.

10) Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

A gothic thriller and a romance novel, it was written by Shelley when she was just eighteen!

Portrays the story of a young scientist who creates a sapient structure during a science experiment. It is a perfect blend of pop-culture literature and science fiction.

 

So, these were my top 10 must-read books for you to read and to embrace literature. Be ready to get lost in the lives of some fantastic characters, and experience the truest of human emotions. To get reading lists which resonate more with the Indian culture, visit our blog Must read famous Indian books!

Happy Reading!