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Famous Books

Famous Books

Did you know that the Harry Potter series is the most read fictional book series in the world? We tell you which other books are as famous as the one that feature 'the boy who lived'.
Penlighten Staff
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2018
"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~ James Bryce
Shakespeare's plays or Ayn Rand's philosophy or Jane Austen's insight on human relationships, all of these works always offer the readers something to chew on. Reading a famous book for a next time compels us to re-evaluate our understanding of the story and the characters and makes us arrive at an altogether different meaning and understanding.
Although, it is difficult to choose the best books from the vast ocean of masterpieces that have been produced in the English literature, still let us take a look at some of the classic books everyone should read once in their lifetime as well as the best-selling ones.
List of Classic Books
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Ulysses by James Joyce
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Tragedy of Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Way Of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • The Native Son by Richard Wright
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  • The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Deliverance by James Dickey
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
  • Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
  • The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki
  • Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • Four Quartelets by T. S Eliot
  • Catch - 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Slaughterhouse by Kurt Vonnegut
  • As a Men Thinketh by James Allen
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Power of Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  • London Fields by Martin Amis
  • Austerlitz by W. G Sebald
  • The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • Love Story by Erich Segal
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki Sharon Lechter
  • A thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Aleph by Paulo Coelho
These were some of those books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime. Although, it is said that real life experience cannot be replaced by bookish wisdom, yet, reading these thought-provoking books is enriching for the mind and the perfect food for soul. So grab a few of these books and enjoy the experience.