Reading is not just a pastime, it’s a way to escape from the drooling monotonous strain of reality and enter a world or worlds that rise in us feelings and emotions that we didn’t think possible. Here is a list of 10 great books that I think all of us must read once in our lives and no, I will not bore you with many classics.
The most dangerous game by Richard Connell
A short, but thrilling book by Richard Connell. The story follows a big game hunter from New York that falls of a yacht and is hunted for sport by a mad Russian aristocrat.
A movable feast by Ernest Hemingway
If you wish to see the real 20th century Paris, you must see it through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway. The author pens his memoirs as he struggles with being an aspiring writer and husband to his first wife. The way Hemingway writes makes you feel that you are right there next to him as he describes the oysters he is eating for dinner.
The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
Brazilian novelist Paolo Coelho brings an amazing adventure to life in this amazing bestseller, following a young shepherd boy that sets to find a hidden treasure in a faraway land. You will love the ending. I guarantee it.
Diary of a mad man by Nikolai Gogol
Considered Gogol’s greatest short story, it follows the descent into madness of a minor civil servant during the era of Nicholas I of Russia.
River God by Wilbur Smith
Wilbur Smith brings us ancient Egypt through the eyes of a genius slave named Taita. The story unfolds in ancient Egypt as a mysterious people from the east called the Hyksos (People of Aryan descent) invade the kingdom and bring into Egypt the invention of the wheel.
The man in the high castle by Philip K. Dick
Probably the best alternate history novel ever made. Philip K. Dicks novel raises the question “what if the allies lost the war against Nazi Germany”? Germany and Japan rule the world and have split the U.S.A into two territories controlled by them. Will they stay allies, or will they clash for supreme world dominance?
And The Mountains Echoed
Rare are the writers that capture the unpredictability of real life, but Khaled Hosseini achives this perfectly. From the man that brought you the “Kite Runner” come the amazing stories of a group of characters that all intertwine harmoniously like a beautiful and sad symphony. A must read.
I, Robot by Cory Doctorow
Yes I know it sounds familiar. That is because you have seen the movie with Will Smith, but the movie does not do the book justice. The movie basically took the entire point of the book and threw it out of the window. If you truly want to know why the title is I, Robot, then you must read Doctorow’s masterpiece.
Before Adam by Jack London
What if you could dream the life of your earliest ancestor? What if you could see in vivid detail their life? That is what happens to the hero of this story by Jack London. Transported back in time through his dreams, he lives the life of an early Homo sapiens, his ancient ancestor. A very unique and ahead of its time.
Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
If you are a horror novel fan then you can’t skip this Lovcraftian masterpiece. H.P. Lovecraft writes in such a way that keeps you in suspense and wonder. It transports you millions of years into the past to zip you back on the next page into the presence. Read the horrific tale of his most famous creation, Cthulhu and descent into the madness.
These are just a few masterpieces that I suggest you read. Have you read any of them? Tell us about your favourite ones.