With the increase in technological advancements and a sudden digital surge, students often find themselves lost in the whirlwind of misinformation. However, it has become really hard for them to dissociate their authentic self from their virtual representation. Literature has always been in the midst of all this chaos, providing us with a sense of semblance and reminding us that there’s still hope. Reading a good book urges us to focus on the endless possibilities and explore the varying points of view. Below-mentioned is a comprehensive list of books that every student should read.
There are a lot of classic books that can help students improve their thinking ability; below-mentioned are some of the best books of all time that every adult must read:
1. Catch 22
Joseph Heller’s anti-war satirical novel is especially important in today’s time, given the political turmoil. The book follows a non-linear narrative that describes the lethal repercussions of futile wars through the gruesome deaths.
2. One hundred years of solitude
Gabriel García Márquez, one of the most well-known Latin American authors, wrote this book. The book is written in a style of fiction known as magical realism, which combines reality and magic, thus making the writing even more interesting. The writer seeks to explore the connections between different families through the Buendía family in the novel. With the help of complex characters, the novel presents to us the cyclical nature of time and teaches us how to differentiate between true love and unhealthy obsession.
This book by Mary Shelley is an interesting read and explores the stereotypical ‘monster’ idea. The vivid descriptions and Shelley’s prolific writing style make the book very engaging and shocking at the same time. It also explores the repercussions of technological advancements and the havoc they can create if left unchecked.
4. The colour purple
This novel sheds light on the hardships of African-American women by confronting complex realities of their being like objectification, sexism, racism, and sexual and emotional abuse. The writer’s head-on approach to subjects considered taboos like homosexuality and incest is one of the prominent features of the book. In addition, the story simultaneously focuses on how women build each other up and the innate feeling of sisterhood. The book might be considered a tough read, but it’s both shattering and inspiring at the same time, which makes it worth the effort.
George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel that is a must-read not only because of its highly quotable statements, which are pertinent in today’s time, but because it focuses on the role of the government. It focuses on the class divide and how the government obstructs free thought if we give them too much power.
6. Mrs Dalloway
Virginia Woolf is one of the groundbreaking modernist writers of the twentieth century. She is well known for using a writing technique known as stream of consciousness. The novel characters are very peculiar, and the readers can relate to them on some level. You’d be surprised to know how interesting the description of a single day in Clarissa Dalloway’s life is. The novel is an important read in today’s time as it focuses on the independence of the female mind and the wonders it can do once it’s free from the patriarchal shackles.
7. The second sex
This is a novel that should be at the top of the reading list of all the students. The book is as relevant in today’s time as it was in the 19th century. It highlights how the very structure of our society was built around the ‘man’ and how women were treated as secondary citizens. Simone De Beauvoir’s famous line “one is not born but becomes a woman” is an apt representation of the identity politics that the book seeks to explore.
8. Things Fall apart
Chinua Achebe’s novel is one of the finest works of literature of all time. It examines the idea of clan solidarity and kinship through the Igbo tribe. It describes the story of a tragic hero, and the writer has described the life of the Nigerian people most authentically.
Toni Morrison is known for her compelling writing style, which urges the reader to take her words as the solemn truth. Beloved ventures into the hardships faced by the black women and how it becomes essential for them to rehash the past to forget it completely. It also highlights how trauma is capable of being transferred from one generation to the next. Students must read this novel to realize the impact of literature produced by white people on the erasure of black female voices. It highlights the importance of being given a chance to tell your own story in an unforgiving manner.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
This is one of the most famous works in American literature. It explores sensitive subjects subtly with the lightness of childlike conversations. It’s easy to read the book and can be read by students or adults, irrespective of where they are in their life at the moment.
Once you start reading any of the books mentioned above, you’ll realize how literature transports you to an imaginary realm and helps us comprehend the perspective of someone who has had a different upbringing than us. It still keeps you rooted in reality as it draws parallels between the world of its characters and the world that we live in. You’ll soon realize the fundamental responsibility of books in shaping the way we think and approach certain situations. Reading a good book has a lingering effect; it evokes emotions and thoughts that stay with you even after reading.