A List of Books You Need To Read Before Your Die

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Reading and traveling are undoubtedly two of the things which you spend on only to make you richer. The more books you have read, the more stories you have experienced.

Reading has the magical power to connect us to realities and worlds beyond what we know. Regardless of the author and the genre, each book is a treasure.

Books are also the best companion on our summer holiday or cold winter day at home; they are always around to tell us yet another great story.

There are books that we have to read, like Shakespeare’s Sonnets. We are thought about the masterpieces and classics of the world literature in school. But there are also books we love to read, again and again, no matter the age, Harry Potter for example.

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We have created a selection of books we should read at least once. These are exciting novels, exciting adventure stories, and autobiographies which deserve a special spot in our reading wishlists.

Which one of these have you read already and which ones you would like to add to your reading list next?

1984 by George Orwell

Some say that George Orwell inadvertently invented the popular show Big Brother. Through the story in this novel, the author illustrates the real price of freedom and the dystopian future described in the book was frighteningly accurate.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

There magical realism of Marquez will take the reader on a joyous journey through 100 years of the Buendia family history. They fall in love, fight and fornicate in their mystical jungle home of Macondo.

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The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank 

This book is both a historical document and an insight into the life and incredible circumstances of a teenager during the World War II. Two days after her 13th birthday, when Anne received a blank diary as a gift, her family had to go into hiding from the Nazis.

Love by Elif Shafak

This is a magical and mystical story about the love between Rumi and Shams. A great story, which shows love from a whole new perspective, the one that, became the fundament of the Sufis’ mystical philosophy.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

This is the greatest story of true friendship in the American literature. We follow the two ranch workers George and Lennie, who are searching for the American dream. They are different, but inseparable until one of them has to make a terrible decision.

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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger

After this book had become popular and fruitful, the protagonist Holden Caufield became the icon of the disenfranchised youths across the world. The story is a tale of teenage angst in America in the 1950s.

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

With its witty dialogues and wordplay, this book will inevitably make you laugh. It seems like it is all about describing an absurd, but the conclusion and lessons are quite smart.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This parody of every well-worn sci-fi plot device has transformed this book into a classic in its right. Here readers will find ill-tempered aliens who want to destroy the Earth, an unfortunate hero with a lot of luck and so much more. Even true fans of sci-fi will be charmed by this entertaining story and its sequels.

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

This book is quite controversial because many people think that the obsessive relationship of a pedophile with a little girl is not something they want to read. But for those who love reading and appreciate words, witticism, metaphors and good writing Lolita is a must read. This is not a tale of morality; it is not a love story either, it is a point of view of a different mind written in the most beautiful English.


The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

This is the novel that best represents the jazz age, and it is much more than a story about a shallow bunch of rich people enjoying lavish parties. In this book, the reader will see a portrait of hopeless love, crushed idealism and the elusiveness of the American Dream.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This is a moving novel which is a bridge between cultures and touches the darkest areas within us. The story is a brilliant mix between guilt, redemption, betrayal and many other strong emotions and themes. We also highly recommend another of Hosseini’s novels A Thousand Splendid Suns. Read the books before watching the excellent movie adaptation.

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

This is the story which unfolds on a beautiful Greek island of Cephalonia during the Italian and German in World War II. There are various fascinating explorations of love and tragedy. Beloved actors Penelope Crus and Nicholas Cage bring this love story to live on the big screen.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Reading this book is a magical and transformative experience which will make you read it non-stop everywhere you go, even at work. It is a subtle sci-fi story which will steal your mind and tell you about youth, freedom and much more through an exciting new perspective. This is a book that everyone who wants ever to love another person should read.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is a novel that instantly becomes a favorite of everyone who reads it, even nowadays it continues to challenge the status quo. The book tells the story of a young girl – Scout and her father Atticus and the wealthy men who control the lives of everyone else in their town. Even if some of these powerful people, like Scout’s father, want to do something honorable they cannot stand against the wave of power. This book will remain a required reading for everybody in America.

Each one of these books is an excellent example of brilliant storytelling and how you can create magic using words. No matter which one you choose as your next reading we wish you to enjoy it to the fullest!

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