10 Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

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Books are an escape from our usual life, giving us insight into a place where we encounter fire breathing dragons, animals with whom we can have endless conversations or where we can paint the sky with our favourite colour. For us readers, the books give us a high which we can never get from anything else in this world because, for us, a perfect day can be summed up into a book along with a cup of coffee. You get that cup filled, while I'm giving you a list of books which you should read in your lifetime and I apologize if I missed your favourite book.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


To Kill a Mockingbird engages its readers with the assistance of basic human instincts, love, hatred, innocence and anger while dealing with the serious issue of racism in America. The book was published in 1960 after which it gained mass popularity and is now termed as one of the greatest works in American Literature. The book also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and in 2006, British Librarians termed it as a book "every adult should read before they die".


Goodreads: 4.3 / 5



2. Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Kite Runner was published in 2003 and was later adapted as a movie in the year 2007. The story revolves around two close friends, Amir and Hassan, whose lives take a steep turn when Amir flies to America and Hassan is still engulfed in the ongoing wars. Set during the rise and fall of Afghanistan, this book beautifully portrays a strong bond between two souls, one from a wealthy Kabul Merchant's family and the other from a poverty-stricken caste.


Goodreads: 4.3 / 5



3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling


With over 500 million copies sold worldwide, The Harry Potter is the best-selling book series in the world. Harry Potter and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasely are young students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is already special as he is the only boy who survived a killing curse, but little does he know about the struggles which he'll go through! The series was also adapted to a movie which gained critical acclaim & commercial success.


Goodreads: 4.5 / 5



4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Pride and Prejudice came into light in 1813 and since then it is widely acclaimed as one of the best novels in literature. The novel is weaved around two characters, Elizabeth Bennet & Mr Darcy. The love affair between them is beautifully baked by Jane Austen with a pinch of humour & true reflections of the society. Just like the novel, the movie also became an international hit soon after entering into the theatres.


Goodreads: 4.2 / 5



5. The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien



The Lord of the Rings is one of the best works in the world of English Literature which was later translated into 38 other languages. The story revolves around a Ring, One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power and the possessor of which will rule all of the Middle-earth. As you dive deeper into the book, you will realize how power corrupts people and turns friends into foes and how friendship still lasts when everything else fades away.


Goodreads: 4.5/ 5



6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



Set amidst World War II, this book is about a girl who finds her escape in books, from all the tragedies caused by the ongoing war. The war is still waging, the resources are scarce, the only way Liesel can get books is by pulling her little acts of thievery, which become an addiction later. Liesel's life takes a complete turn when her foster family hides a Jew in their basement in order to fulfil a dying man's wish. The book further explicates how some relationships are beyond the words we use to express them.


Goodreads: 4.4 / 5



7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein



Have you ever wondered what do dogs think and how do they feel? If yes, then this book will answer all your questions. This book is one of the most unconventional books ever written. It takes us into the everyday life of a man who is a professional racer, his family and his dog. Seems like a very plain and simple story, doesn’t it? What if I tell you the narrator is the dog! Get ready to witness some laughter, some drama, some emotions, all through the eyes of a dog. You should definitely read this book if you are a dog-lover and if you have a taste for unconventional stuff.


P.S.- The book has been made into a movie which is releasing on August 9th this year.


Goodreads: 4.2/5



8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami



This book was published in 1994-95 and is regarded as one of the best books of Murakami. It is a heroically imaginative novel, which gives us elements of a detective story, a man and his disintegrating marriage as well as some buried secrets of World War II. A young man, while searching for his wife’s missing cat, also starts searching for his wife in a world which lies beneath the peaceful city of Tokyo. Having a gripping plot filled with comedy and adventure, this novel is definitely a must-read.


Goodreads: 4.2/5



9. 1984 by George Orwell


This is a dystopian novel which revolves around the themes of risks of government overreach, totalitarianism and repressive regimentation of the behaviours of all persons within the society. The beauty of this book lies in the beautiful attempt of the author to create a modern world which is a replica of hell. This novel will surely make you ponder over what is wrong with our society and how people’s attempts to find individuality go in vain. A novel which is highly acclaimed by critics and readers alike, this book should definitely be on your wishlist of books to read.


Goodreads: 4.2/5



10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


Revolving around the story of a paedophilic man who falls in love with his landlady’s 12-year daughter, Lolita is a masterpiece which presents a controversial topic in a bold and flamboyant manner. This book is filled with ingenious wordplay and is considered by critics as a must-read for every literature aspirant and English-language lovers. If you want a combination of beautiful literature and a bold storyline, this is definitely the book to read!



Goodreads: 3.9/5



- Sachin Kumar




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