Here is a list of 10 books that I ABSOLUTELY love and believe that everyone should read at least once in their lives. They are books that I believe successfully approach important issues of our life and society and can introduce you to a more thorough and hollistic way of thinking!
1. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
One of the best books ever written, To kill a mickingbird is about justice , discrimination but also the need to help solve social infairnesses. Following the life of a young girl, the book shows how most of the times,you will understand that people are better than you expect them to be, once you put in the effort and time to get to know them. More than the beautiful deeper meaning, the book is extremely interesting and will definately give you food for thought, while at the same time making you wanna read all of it.
PS: Reading it in english may appear to be trickier than expected if english is not your first language!!!
2. The Lord of the flies by William Golding
What if we lived in a society where ther were NO rules? This the question and subject of William Golding's book . Focusing on the hierarchy and psycholgy of some kids that are alone in a desserted island, Golding shows the deadly but at the same time human instincts that urge to the surface in environments where the laws of society are unapplicable.Even though the book leaves you feeling frustrated, doubting the kidness in people, it actually shows the true nature of human kind and the importance of a well structured society.
3. Animal farm by George Orwell
The whole science of politics in a book. Orwell's "animal farm" is about societies and the way politics work. The whole book is a metaphore- allegory , using the hierarchy and society of the animals living in a farm to show the way societies and politics of humans work. Confuting the idealistic view of society, "Animal Farm" is one of the truest and at the same time most interesting books ever written.
4. The phantom of the opera by Gaston Leroux
AN ABSOLUT MASTERPIECE!!! The phantom of the opera shows how every "monster" is a human, with fears and emotions. The story follows a young opera singer who is "mentored" by a phantom that hides behind the opera walls. Reading through the book, both feelings of disgust, anger but also pitty and likeness develop towards the phantom and you get to realise how every "monster" is simply a hurt soul with an "ugly" past.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Huge
This beautiful story could not be left out of this list. The moral of this book is the same as that of "Phantom of the opera" : Every monster is a hurt human. Even though the book may become tiring at some points due to the extensive discriptions of Victor Hugo, the story itself is beautiful,capturing and with plot twists, guaranteing to keep you interested throught reading it. In order to appreciate it's meaning and beauty though, you must get rid of every possible expectations of the story- in case of having ever watched the title film- as the 2 stories only share a few common points. More than the story, Victor Hugo succeedfully describes EVERY single aspect of the characters' personality and emotions.
6. Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
The story behind the book: Mary Shelley wrote the book in a contest of"writing the scariest story ever written" between her, her husband "Percy Shelley", the poet lord Byron and a young doctor "J.W. Polidori" . At that same contenst, Polidori wrote "The Vampyre" -even though the book was considered to be written by Lord Byron for many years- but Shelley was the one who won. Even though when Frenkestein was first published , the book was attributed to Mary's husband, it was later on proven that she was the writer.
The moral of the book is the same one as the 2 ones above. The story follows a young scientist who urged by his curiosity , created a human-like creature. He comes to regret his decision as ,because of his scary external, his creation is dummed to loneliness, this way become a scary and dangerous personality as well. Still, the "monster" wins your likeliness as you get to understand the reasons behind his behavior while at the same time you feel compassion for the creator. Being stuck in a gordian knot , the main characters are particular while at the same time ordinary people that allow you to feel compassion for them .
7. My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels) By Elena Ferrante
The story follows the lives of two friends in Italy of 1950 from childhood to adulthood and old age. All of the books are absolutely brilliant as you have get to understand the reasons and thoughts behind the meain characters' decisions and where these decisions led them.A story about the true meaning of friendship but also the beauty and importance of education.
8. Sense and sensibillity
The novel follows the three Dashwood sisters as they must leave the house they grew up with because their father died and move elsewhere with their widowed mother. The sisters experience love, romance but also heartbreak and Jane Austen succeeds in explaining remarkably evry single emotion they experience throught this experience.
8. A Beautiful mind by Sylvia Nasar
The biography of the nobel winner economist John Forbes Nash, Jr. A trully inspiring book, proving that no matter the length and seriousness of the setbacks that come to your way, succeeding in what you love , is ALWAYS an option.
9. Atonement by Ian Mc Ewan
A BEAUTIFUL story about passion, love and growing up: When a young wealthy girl forms a relationship with the housekeeper's son, her sister makes a decision that will change the lives of every single one of them. The way the author writes is poetic and his way with words is absolutely magnificent!!!
10. The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich
On a completely different note than the above books, "the fact of a body" is a book that focuses on the real complexity of the story behind a crime. It's a rawly honest book that shows that many crimes hide a story even worse than the crime itself. The book is well-written and interesting and proves that even though judging someone for their actions is easy, really understanding their story is immensely difficult.
Other recommendations: Anne Frank's Diary, That night by Chevy Stevens, Pride and Prejudice, Emma