Once again this is a pretty self-explanatory post. These are the 10 books I think everyone should read in their lifetime. It was a difficult list to compile, I had trouble cutting it down to ten, but after much internal debate I have final settled on the following ten books:
Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally: Just like its film adaptation Schindler’s List, this book is not to be missed. It is haunting, heartbreaking and honestly unforgettable. As hard as this book is to read, I truly believe it should be read by everyone.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: As much I as would love everyone to read this book in their lifetime, I would be happy if every female read it at least once. I wasnt expecting to love this book as much as I did. I remember having to read it in School and everyone was moaning about how boring required reading was, so I was over joyed when I fell in love with this book. I’m not sure if it is still require reading but if it isn’t, it really should be. This book will teach you something different every time you read it.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: This heartbreaking book is usually read by High School students, with good reason. Readers can connect with Anne and see a young girls take on a horrendous situation. I know that most teenagers read this at School, but I think adults should pick this book up again and experience this haunting book at different times in their lives.
Les Miserable by Victor Hugo: Taking on this book can be a daunting experience. Its sheer size will turn many people off it, but I believe this book should definatly be a book you read in your lifetime. Covering decades of people’s lives, life, death, socioeconomic problems, wealth disparity issues and the human experience. Set before and during the French Revolution, this amazing book is perfectly crafted and completely emotionally relevent to the world we live in, I honestly think it is a shame that more people havent read this book.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm: Well what can I say about Grimm’s fairy tales. I love fairy tales, I have since I was a child. A few years ago I picked up a complete collection of Grimm’s fairy tales and started to immerse myself in the magic. Reading these stories as an adult made me realise that every adult should read these tales. Filled with interesting anecdotes and extremely relevent morales these stories aren’t just for children.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This amazing book is told through the eyes of Death and a Teenage Liesel, during World War Two. This hauntingly beautiful book will drag you over hot coal emotionally. I love seeing the War through Liesel and Death’s very different perspectives. This book can be read many times and each time you will take something different from it, yet it will still leave you emotionally wrecked.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: This book is a must read for me every year at Christmas. It gives me hope, empathy and compassion in a time of year when stress can leave us all a little on edge and selfish. I have yet to meet someone who didn’t feel just a little better and a little more compassionate after reading this book.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint- Exupery: I adore this book. I remember when I first decided to read it I wasnt sure I would like it, I am so glad I was wrong. This beautiful book always leaves me feeling inspired. I know some people can find this book hard to read, with its multi-layered storylines, but if you give it a chance I truly believe we can all take something away for this amazing book.
Holding the Man by Timothy Conigrave: This heartbreaking memoire follows Tim and his partner of 15 Years John. From their meeting at Catholic school through to adulthood. Dealing with homophobia, sex, affairs and the AIDS crisis, this book is must read for everybody with a heart. A truly moving story that will stay with you long after the final page.
The Bible: I am not a religious person, I grew up going to Sunday School and as I got older I choose to go to Youth Group for a few years. I have read the Bible many times in my life and I think every adult should read the Bible at least once in their lives. Considering how much western society references the Bible in social debates I think it is a book that everyone should have a thorough understand of.
Well that’s it from me, I hope you enjoyed my list, let me no what books you think people should read in their lifetime. Untill next time…