Reading can become a serious but positive addiction once you indulge into it. Many studies and experiments have proved that books can have a huge impact on your mind. It is interesting that a good book is usually universal, it can affect people of all ages, social status, nationality etc.
Below you will find a list of 12 books that have changed lives of many bibliophiles; if you haven’t read them yet, do it now, because reading is one of the best pleasures of human being.
1.To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee The book published in 1960 gained popularity and success immediately. The novel deserved popularity due to its warmth and humor, even though it touches the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. Atticus Finch, the narrator’s father, has become a moral hero for many readers and a model of integrity for lawyers.
2.The Trial, by Franz Kafka The Trial is one of Kafka’s best-known works. It is a very telling illustration of the nightmare that a powerless man can experience due to bureaucracy and injustice. Kafka is regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.
3.The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye, a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger was originally written for adults, however, it has since gained popularity among adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. Modern Library and its readers named The Catcher in the Rye as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. The novel deals with complex issues of identity, connection, belonging and alienation.
4.The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky’s final novel. It enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, morality and free will. This spiritual drama conveys moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, facing a modernizing Russia. The Brothers Karamazov has been acclaimed as one of the supreme achievements in literature.
5.Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a tragedy by William Shakespeare conveys true and feigned madness, overwhelming grief and seething rage and explores themes of revenge, incest, treachery and moral corruption. It is regarded as the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature.
6.Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina, a poignant and heartbreaking novel is about intense passion and love as well as the repercussions of infidelity and jealousy. This classic story of doomed love created by Leo Tolstoy is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been fascinated by his magnificent and courageous heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with Count Vronsky.
7.A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, an English writer. The book has made one of the greatest impacts in reviving the old Christmas traditions of England. It brings to the reader images of joy, warmth, light and life and at the same time it shows unforgettable images of despair, coldness, darkness, sadness and death.
8.The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince is a novella written byAntoine de Saint-Exupéry. It tells about curiosity, beauty, love, and loss, seen from innocent eyes of a little Prince. It is one of the favorite books for children and the adults.
9.Hundred years of solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez One hundred years of Solitude, with its inventive, magnetic, amusing, sad and alive pictures, unforgettable men and women, compassion, truth and soul-striking magic is a masterpiece in the art of fiction and a very important representative of Latin American literature of the 20th century.
10.Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling Harry Potter is truly a book that has influenced young generations of the late 20th century. It depicts a chronicle of the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The series of Harry Potter include many genres, such as fantasy, mystery, thriller, romance and adventure but like the author says the main theme is death.
11.Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Brave New World is one of the most bewitching and insidious works of literature ever written. The book has become a false symbol for any regime of universal happiness. Brave New World is a place which is free from love and passion. It raises disturbing feelings in the reader, the society it depicts has notionally vanquished, and the reader does not have a sense of joyful anticipation. In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World fifth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
12.Nineteen eighty-four by George Orwel
Nineteen eighty-four was meant to be a dystopian science fiction novel but it is turning out more and more true today. Many of the terms and concepts used in the book 1984 have entered everyday use since its publication back in 1949: Big Brother, Newspeak, Room 101, doublethink, thoughtcrime, 2 + 2 = 5, Telescreenand memory hole. Moreover, the book has popularized the adjective Orwellian, which means secret surveillance, official deception and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state.