People who love reading books, don't have to wander around looking for libraries anymore, as with the advent of new technological innovations, reading is just a click away. With the launch of many e-readers, people can view more than 36,000 books with just the click of a button. Never before were so many books ever read on a computer and online retailers are making millions out of this amazing growth and technology.
But with so many options, one thing that starts bothering you is the matter of choice. Which books should you start reading first? Which one is the best? Worry not, as this article comes to your rescue and gives you a list of books which everyone should read, at least once in their lifetime.
To list out 10 names from millions and billions of books, and call them the top 10, is surely a daunting task, but someone has to do it. I take the responsibility of introducing you to the best of writing the world has ever seen. Check out the 10 best books of all time.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
There are only a few pairs of ears left in this world who haven't heard the words Anna Karenina. It's written by the world famous Russian author, Leo Tolstoy. Book lovers all around the world call it Leo's best work, even the author himself considers this book as his first true novel. Although, most Russian critics didn't like his style of writing and have panned the book, critics the world over loved it, and called it a flawless piece of art.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Once again, Leo Tolstoy, makes it a habit to listen to his name very often. He is one of the greatest writers that has ever lived on this planet. War and Peace, which tells us a tale of the Russian society during the Napoleonic Era, was first published from 1865 to 1869 in Russkii Vestnik.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I think most people in this world who watch TV or surf the net, have come across the controversies surrounding this book. It's listed as one of the highest selling books of all time. This fictional book is a seat gripper and a great suspense thriller at its best. I can't say more, I want you to find out and tell me.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The book was published in 1987 and became a best seller. More than 70 million copies have been sold and the books have been translated in more than 67 languages. Read on to know the genius and influential writings of Mr. Coelho.
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Many ancient scholars consider Middlemarch as one of the most important novels of the Victorian era. George Eliot wrote this brilliant piece with the pen name of Mary Anne Evans. This book was first published in 1871 to 1872, and the plot is set in Middlemarch, a fictional town in England.
Requiem For A Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
TV channels and social organizations should stop airing anti-drug dramas which no one takes seriously. Instead, they should tell every teenager to read Requiem For A Dream. After reading it, kids would probably think a hundred times before becoming drug addicts. The book uncovers a brilliant plot which shows 4 individuals ruining their lives due to various addictions. It's a book that will change you.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The book was written in the English language and it got published in the year 1955 in Paris, France. The book is globally famous for its creative and new style of writing. It is also very controversial as the protagonist and the book's narrator gets sexually obsessed with a 12 year old girl.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen was one of the very first women authors in the world. This book is a smart take on women and their roles in society. It brilliantly shows that their worries and desires are equally important as men's. The story depicts a courtship battle between two high society families.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
It was one of the most awaited books of the 20th century. It's a story about a young girl who was a victim of Holocaust camps. Anne Frank writes her own experiences of the Nazi atrocities while she was hiding with her family for 2 years.
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
This book had been the victim of many harsh comments because it showed a carefree life of a woman in a very stylish way. The novel focuses on Emma Bovary a doctor's wife who has a string of adulterous affairs with men so that she can break through the barriers and fill the void in her life.
Good Books for Young Adults
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Shining by Stephen King
- Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
- A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
- The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Ideal Books for Kids to Read
- Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- James Bond by Ian Fleming
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
- Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
What are you waiting for? Get started already! Get all these books if you ever want to start reading, and I guarantee that this habit of reading will be with you till your last breath.