Five Books That You Should Read Once in Your Lifetime


It is truly fascinating how books are still standing out in a world that has revolutionized a ton. It is even more fascinating how some books are still preserved from hundreds and thousands of years ago. Without those books, we would have never reached this point of evolution.

Books are valuable. They exist as different commodities and serve two main purposes: information sources and entertainment. You could read a book in order to gain knowledge or gather information, or to get more intellectual.

On the other hand a novel can also get entertaining. The knowledge in these books is transferred to you so that you can transfer it to others and the cycle continues - I mean isn’t that what is happening in schools and colleges, for example?

Nowadays, reading books has become so easy. If you don’t have the money to buy a book now, just download it as a PDF document, and then you are good to go! You would be a hard copy type of person, but face it, sometimes we are forced to download them.

So, which book are you reading currently? Whichever it is, I am sure it is a great book. But you are struggling with finding where to start, right? Well, unfortunately, I will have to give you one of those “it depends” answers; however, I could recommend some books you would find interesting enough to start with.


1.The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counter intuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is the second book for the author and blogger Mark Manson. It is a self-help book and a life guide for people who hate self-helping.

It took the world by a storm, by selling almost two million copies in its initial year alone and being translated to 25 other languages in addition to being #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

The book speaks about various sentiments, such as “don’t try”, failure is the way forward, no one is perfect, the importance of saying No, etc.

Across various segments, the author takes you on a life journey where he enlightens you with essential life tips and advice and aspects like values and things that are worth caring for.

He slaps you in the face with his strong language but only to wake you up and stop you from caring about things that are not worth caring. Instead, start caring about what is worth caring for. It is humorous, realistic, and really interesting to read.


2. 1984

1984 is a dystopian novel by English novelist George Orwell. It is Orwell's ninth and final book completed in his lifetime.

It introduces a serious issue between political parties and their control over their residents. It dictates how governments can alter certain facts in order to appear as pure as possible in front of society, but in reality, they are just hiding the dirty deeds that are being committed in the background.

It is often referred to as a futuristic novel because what the novel illustrates is happening in our communities right now. It is truly a fascinating, well-written, and incredible novel.


3. Think! Before It’s Too Late

Think! Before It’s Too Late is another self-help book written by Edward de Bono.

He assumes that the problem of the world lagging behind lies in how people think. He says that our ways of thinking are not efficient enough to tackle down some severe impactful problems worldwide, and therefore, we need to do something about that.

In his book, Edward proposes various thinking techniques and exposes the light to the idea of online learning and how educational institutions are losing their value as time passes.

He suggests that because e-learning is increasingly becoming more dominant, schools and colleges need to alter their curriculum by focusing their training more on the thinking and practicality, aspects.

A quick disclaimer though, the book is somehow repetitive in many parts, but you will certainly gain valuable ideas from reading it.


4. A Brief History of Time

Since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking’s classic work, A Brief History of Time, has become a landmark in scientific writing. This book captures the history of the cosmos and the theories behind its existence, expansion, and more.

It introduces complex matters, such as particle spin, time-space vortex, black holes, different kinds of stars, multiple dimensions, and much more, and explains the notion behind them in a simple, brief way.

What is interesting is that, due to technological advancements, technologies were able to confirm some of Stephen Hawking’s theories stated in his book.

It is an enjoyable, scientific, dense, intellectual, informative, and magnificent book.


5. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

It is an incredible novel by the author Ken Kesey. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is about a furious nurse who is responsible for patients who are mentally challenged.

In a health institution where she forces them to abide by some rules, and if they didn’t, they face consequences like being a victim for electric shock therapy.

This is all disturbed when a new patient enters the institution. Mc Murphy, the new patient, tries to have fun and find ways to make the other patients more entertained, which upsets the nurse, making him the target of some serious consequences.

The novel actually talks about the type of government where people have to abide by a certain set of rules, which are set for them. And the people who don’t follow those rules faces consequences, and at the end are forced to abide by them.

It was adapted by Bo Goldman into a film in 1975, which won five academy awards.


Written by - Eyad Aoun

Edited by – Adrija Saha

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