2018 Aug 24
With busy lives and schedules, it’s difficult to find time to read. Nonetheless, here are 9 books you should definitely make some time for!
1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Topmost on the books to read before you die list is this! Hilarious, interesting, and incredible, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a novel that stands the test of time. Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Their hilarious journey through space along with a galaxy-full of other interesting travelers is documented here. Sci-fi fans will certainly love this one.
2. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Although you may know the story of Anne Frank, reading her memoir is a different experience altogether. Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who, along with her family and friends, went into hiding during World War II. Her diary has become a testament to the resilience of human nature, and the realistic struggles of living through a war. It is fascinating to read the unfiltered thoughts of a bright young girl forced to live in an immensely difficult situation, with the hovering fear of capture and death. The abrupt and tragic end of the diary and her life is a brutal reminder of the horrors of war.
3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
A true masterpiece of fiction, The Book Thief is a spellbinding novel about a little girl with a love of books, the power of words, an accordionist, a Jewish man in hiding, and the backdrop of a Nazi Germany in 1939. Zusak’s novel is a New York Times Bestseller and was even adapted into a popular movie. This is an incredible, intense, and heartwarming story which no reader would be able to resist. Trust us when we say that reading The Book Thief is an entirely different experience altogether.
4. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Set against the backdrop of tragic Afghanistan and its history, Hosseini relays an enthralling tale. Granted, you might want to fling the book across the room for tearing your heart apart, but you won’t because you’ll be dying to find out what happens. It has all the components of a great narrative: friendship, love, betrayal, redemption and the wealth of reading. In short, this is worth taking time off your schedule for.
5. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Widely known as one of the greatest works of all time, The Color Purple was first published in 1982, but don’t let that push this down to the bottom of your to-read list! It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and documents the traumas and gradual triumph of Celie, a young African-American woman raised in rural isolation. Through letters to God, Celie narrates her life and her journey to empowerment and joy is a soulful one.
6. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The year is 1962, and the novel centers on three extraordinary women who seem startlingly different but nevertheless come together to start a movement of their own to forever change a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. Stockett’s series of novels has further been adapted into an American period drama film.
7. Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
Who says must-read books have got to be novels? One of America’s greatest poets, the compilation in this edition is definitely worth reading. Her poems combine humor and sadness, pain and acceptance, and are masterpieces.
8. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
Widely acknowledged as one of Agatha Christie’s best mystery novels, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ was originally published in 1926 and set the tone for the modern era of detective and mystery novels. In fact, the classic revelation towards the end is shocking even to the most experienced readers, who think they’ve read it all! The novel is truly a testament to Christie’s skills as a writer, with an ending which will leave you in disbelief, and proof that her mystery novels are indeed timeless.
9. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Written by one of the most brilliant minds of the century, Stephen Hawking needs no introduction. Although you have definitely heard of this, it’s now time to pick up a copy and actually read it! Hawking tackles the greatest questions of the universe, and this spellbinding book is something you have to read before you die.