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Losing yourself in a great book is one of life’s joys.
Whatever the breathless claims about reading, one thing is certain: losing yourself in a great book is one of life’s most enduring and dependable joys. Job satisfaction comes and goes, partners enrapture and abscond, but you can always fall back on the timeless ability of literature to transport you to a different world. The wonders of books are endless – they can eliminate your stress, increase your happiness, and boost your intelligence.
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Books to read at least once in the life
Whether you’ve crossed out some best books to read or you’re just starting to broaden your literary horizons, you should be familiar with the books to read before you die.
If you love reading, here’s a perfect reading list for you that contains books that everyone should read.
7. To Kill A Mockingbird
While To Kill a Mockingbird is a favorite book of pretty much everyone who has read it, it’s important to remember that it continues to be subversive and challenging to the status quo. The protagonist is a young girl named Scout and except for her father, all the main characters in the book are marginalized by the power structure of their town – a structure that still exists nearly everywhere – where wealthy white men control the lives of everyone else, and even the members of that group who want to use their status for something honorable, like Scout’s father Atticus, cannot win against the flattening wave of that power.
6. The Underground Railway
Colson Whitehead’s novel is an unsparing depiction of the horrors of life as a runaway slave but tinged with hope as he reimagines the Underground Railroad as a literal railroad through an America with which we’re still reckoning. It will change how you think of the U.S. while empowering readers to keep fighting to make it different – and better for everyone. It’s one of those books that will truly change you.
5. The Left Hand Of Darkness
Not only is The Left Hand of Darkness a masterpiece of ideas, invention, and language, but it takes conventional assumptions about gender and grinds them into a fine, powdery dust. Published in 1969, the book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and went on to become one of the keystones of science fiction. It tells the story of an ethnologist sent to another planet, but it is Le Guin’s powers of imagination that turn The Left Hand of Darkness into something truly transcendent.
4. Greek Love
This is the book I recommend more than any other – I can barely hold onto a copy of it because I am always giving it away to anyone who I think needs something that will blow the top of their skull off. On one level, it is the engaging, creepy, and extraordinary story of a family of purposely designed circus freaks, as told by the hunchback albino dwarf sister. On another level, it is a story about identity and belonging: How do you define yourself in terms of your family? Your culture? Your body? Your religion? How do you know what or who you really are?
If you ever find yourself feeling anxious or sad about the state of the world, this book is for you. Written by a Swedish physician, it goes through ten common “-isms” we think we understand about things like poverty, global education, and the environment and presents statistics, science, and firsthand insight that contradicts these doomed narratives. Less a salve and more a call to action, this book will change how you see the world around you.
2. The Rib King
August is a Black man who works for Barclays, a white family that’s fallen on hard times. To get by, they decide to sell the rib sauce made by their Black cook, Miss Mamie, with August’s face on the label. But neither of them will see a penny. Taking a good, hard look at racial stereotypes and how elements of Black culture have been exploited, this novel is as delicious as it is thought-provoking.
One of Morrison’s most treasured novels, this one follows a formerly enslaved woman who escapes to Ohio. But the traumas she experienced, especially the loss of her baby, follow her in the form of both literal and figurative specters. It’s a stunning book that will stay with you forever. It’s inspired by a true story and was a 1987 National Book Award finalist.
The more you read the more curious you become
Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think. They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever. Still, it can take time to find books worth reading. That’s why we’ve compiled this epic must-read book listed above. Thank you for reading till the end. Have a good day!!!