Books are read by many people for multiple reasons. It could be to ease your mind, to find an escape from reality or just for the sake of it. Reading books shape your personality and change the way you look at life. So here are five books you should definitely read before you die.
- Pride and Prejudice
Although set in Victorian society, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a timeless classic. It tells us a beautiful story with many important themes like feminism, marriage and class difference. The book is still widely read among modern readers for many purposes but the main charm of this tale is the romance between Darcy and Elizabeth who greatly misunderstand each other at first but then resolve all their problems when they overcome their pride and prejudice.
- Catcher in the Rye
This Modern novel is surely a gem. It deals with important themes like loneliness and depression and handles mental illness delicately. This novel’s depiction of childhood innocence will move you to tears. It is simply D. J. Salinger’s best novel and also most popular among teenagers because so many people can relate to the protagonist Holden Caulfield.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
You’ve probably heard this a million times by now but To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is not just a book to read once and toss away, this is a book that you return to at every stage of your life. It is simply the best book ever written. It is funny, sensitive, emotional and deals with the theme of childhood, innocence and racism. This book will teach you to fight for the good no matter what the odds are. Atticus Finch is truly an inspirational hero.
- Great Expectations
Charles Dickens is no stranger to any of us. We can pick any book written by him and will not be disappointed but Great Expectations is his most famous book. It’s hauntingly beautiful setting, touching story and unforgettable characters stay with us forever. Charles Dickens has created some of his most famous characters in this novel like Pip and Miss Havisham. This novel explores many important themes like class difference and kindness but the most important question it puts before us is what it truly means to be a ‘gentleman’?
- Wuthering Heights
The world is well aware of the excellence of the Bronte sisters. But Emily Bronte, in her only novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ has created a Gothic romance that the world just can’t get enough of. The demonic love story between Catherine and Heathcliff is loved by many readers. This is unlike any love story you might have ever read. This book is thrilling, enchanting, sometimes cruel and sometimes even funny.
- The Return of the Native
This novel is Thomas Hardy’s most representative and most analyzed work ever. It is known for its rich plot, complex characters and the struggle of man against cruel destiny. Hardy’s insight into women’s psyche is impressive. This novel is a classic tale of fate vs. freedom and the helplessness of man against nature.