Books open the doors in our minds, allow us to live a lifetime and travel the world without leaving even the comfort of our seats.
When we read a book, we step into someone else’s shoes, see the world through someone else’s eyes, and visit places we would never go to, be it an Indian village or the green camps of Narnia.
This habit of reading books comes with a cost and books are quite expensive these days, this is why with my suggestions of great novels for you I would also like to recommend trying out pre-loved used books, which come at very cheap prices generally just a fraction of the original maximum retail prices of the books and it’s obvious the story wouldn’t change.
Used Books Factory used books factory is one such Website where you can purchase a variety of books, including the ones I mention below.
The books teach us to love, sorrow, friendship, war, social injustice, and the strength of the human spirit. Here are a few must-read books especially for novel lovers, and you should read them at least once in your life:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Bell Jar is a horror reality novel based on Plath’s life and tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a talented young woman who receives summer training in a major New York magazine and discovers that instead of enjoying the luxurious New York life, she finds it frightening and disturbing. Taken from Plath’s own struggle for depression, Bell Jar is a true reflection of the human mind and illuminates the realities of mental illness.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A typical work of Victorian Children’s Fiction, this is a myth and magic story where Alice finds herself in a world of imagination after chasing a white rabbit she sees sitting quietly on a riverbank. Opening the novel invites you to dive into the pit of the proverbial rabbit and enter the world of talking animals and magical mushrooms that cause Alice to grow or shrink depending on which side you eat. The novel has delighted children and adults with its blurring of the boundaries between reality and self-deception and the real sense of trying to find our way in the world that we cannot.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
In one of Christie's most mysterious mysteries, the magnificent Orient Express is stopped at a snowstorm in the middle of the night, and the next morning, an angry and unloved American passenger is found stabbed twelve times with his door locked. Only some riders who can be a killer have a chance that it may be an outdoor activity that is not possible due to a snowstorm. As Detective Hercule Poirot investigates, the disputed story is plotted against the murdered man as it is revealed that each passenger has been in contact with him. With her usual fiery passion, Agatha Christie presents us with a mystery that blurs the boundaries between legal and moral justice, challenging us to decide when, and if, whether we are allowed to take the law into our own hands.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
OK, let's light things up a little bit. Who doesn’t love a novel that talks about talking animals? Winner of Laura Ingalls Wilder Metal, EB. White’s children’s classic about Wilber the pig and his many barnyard friends from the Charlotte spider to the Templeton mouse runs through the door of thought and makes us wonder what a world where animals can talk about could be. With great knowledge, it challenges us to ask ourselves how we would treat animals if they could talk. If they could tell us about their joys and fears, would mankind be better off? White's novel is a lesson for children and a reminder for adults about the beauty of nature, the cycle of life, and the importance of remembering that every creature has its place in this world.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Narrated in the wake of the changing political situation in Afghanistan from the 1970s to the period following 9/11, The Kite Runner is the story of an impossible friendship and hardship between Amir, the son of a wealthy merchant, and Hassan, the son of his father's slave to cultural differences. and the stage and turmoil of war tore them apart. Hosseini brings his country in such a way that posting a 9/11 media broadcast has never happened, showing us a world of ordinary people living, dying, eating, praying, dreaming, and loving each other. It is a story about long shadows that hid family secrets for decades, a lasting love of friendship, and the transforming power of forgiveness.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Newbery award-winning novel tells the story of Annemarie Yohansen, a Danish girl who grew up in World War II Copenhagen, and her best friend, Ellen, who happened to be Jewish. When Annemarie heard of the atrocities committed against the Nazis by the Jews, she and her family did everything they could to protect Ellen and her parents, as well as many other Jews. Lowry's novel is a powerful reminder that cultural and religious differences do not separate people from one another and that love shines brightly in the darkness of hatred.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The first line of the old novel, "It is universally acknowledged that one man with great fortune must be without a wife" is one of the earliest fictional characters. However Jane Austen’s most famous work is more than a joke about the customs of the wedding market and the streets of dignified public transportation in 19th-century England. Pride and prejudice remain one of the longest-running works of English Literature and not because we find the rewarding pleasure of watching the sparks fly between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy (although that's a good reason). Readers accept this novel because Austen clearly grasps the character of man in all its beauty and imperfection. Pride and prejudice is a novel about overcoming the differences between the characters and the class, by learning to laugh at life even when it is not right at all, and to know that loving someone often means accepting them even though it is not because of who they are.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Hinton wrote the novel when he was only 16 years old because he was tired of reading nonsense. He wanted a story about the difficult realities of being a teenager in the middle of 20th century America, and since no one, he wrote for himself. Narrated by the orphan Ponyboy Kurtis, this award-winning adult novel tells the story of a group of violent, young boys on the streets of Oklahoma City, who are struggling to survive and stick together in the midst of violence, peer pressure, and broken homes. The novel reminds us that growth has never been easier and that pain, loss, friendship and love are global events that create and destroy social and economic barriers.
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