7 Books You Must Read Before You Die

With millions of books published every year, there are plenty to read for the avid bookworm. But how do you know which books are a must? Here is a list of the top seven books you must read before you die.

1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The novel was set during the jazzy twenties, where Fitzgerald’s tale of obsession, money, love, and ambition took effect. The third book of his career is now his greatest achievement as this novel boasts of the Jazz age and the story of the ridiculously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. The book sells over 500,000 copies each year.

2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is an unforgettable novel of a town in the crisis of conscience. As an instant bestseller since published in 1960, it also went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The novel is dramatic, compassionate and moving as it takes readers to the deepest root of human behavior. Now, over 18 million copies are sold in forty languages.

3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Considered as the best novel of Dickens’s, the story of the orphan Pip is a gripping tale of guilt and crime that comes with reward and revenge. While this story was a must-read book during the summer, adults will surely enjoy it later on in the years. During his time, Dickens was a famous for his novels as they provide intellectual observations about human nature and ambition.

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

If you can read through the thousands of pages of Game of Thrones, War and Peace is a must read, even with long, complicated Russian names. The story is challenged as one of the greatest novels of all time as it was set in the years of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Tolstoy depicts the outstanding chronicles of a crumbling aristocracy in society, on the battlefield and home.

5. Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen

You’ve probably might not have heard of Tillie Olsen, but her collection of Tell me A Riddle in was one of the first to intimately depict the lives of working-class women in the 60’s. One of the many entries shares a story of a mother’s regrets with bravery, wisdom and not a single drop of self-pity. Olsen opens a window onto the world that is rarely seen in American literature and influenced a new generation of female writers, including Sandra Cisneros, Margaret Atwood, and Alice Walker.

6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Author Mary Shelley was only a teenager when she first created the iconic human-made monster and mad scientist. The Gothic thriller also contains a passionate romance and cautionary tale about the dangers of playing with science. Frankenstein gives us the story of Victor Frankenstein, a committed science student who was obsessed with the cause of life generation from lifeless matter.

It became an instant bestseller and the primary ancestor of horror and science fiction genres. The novel tells us not only a terrifying story but also the disturbing questions about the nature of life and humans within the cosmos.

7. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers was just 23 years old when she published the story about a deaf-mute and the challenges he encounters during the 1930s. The various misfits yearn for an escape from the small town in Georgia when his mute companion goes crazy which forced him to move into the Kelly House. McCullers gives this novel a haunting and unforgettable twist that brings awareness to the forgotten, rejected and the mistreated in search for beauty.

8. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child named Holden Caulfield, a native New Yorker. Through difficult circumstances, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground for three days in New York City.

J.D. Salinger’s classic novel was published in 1951 and included on Time’s list of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923. However, it was also challenged in court due to its liberal use of sexuality and profanity.

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