Books are man’s best friend and the true companion throughout life. There are so many books that enlighten life and knowledge as well. In fact, there are several books available that have been published in the history of humanity and more are published each year. Reading books will help you to simplify your lives and will let you learn and gain knowledge along with experience. If you want to take out some time from your busy routine and want to read some amazing books, then you are at the right place.
Here we have got you covered with the top 15 books to read before you die.
1. Pride and Prejudice
If you are talking about that one book that none should miss out on reading before dying, then Pride and Prejudice is the book. It is written by Jane Austen and I am sure you would love to read it over and over again. Reading this book will let you expose to the world of the marriage market of Georgian England.
You can say that the book has a satire on the shallow and rigid class structures. It talks about the travails of marriage and you will see that most of the things haven’t changed in recent days.
2. The Last Girl
Yet another epic book that one must read before anything is The Last Girl. It is written by Nadia Murad and is a real-life experience where she narrates the Islamic State’s brutality. In this book, you will read about how she has survived as a refugee, a Yazidi, rape, and has forced the world to ensure paying due attention to whatever genocide is taking place.
This book is actually a call to action, a testament o the human will as well as the struggles to survive. In fact, if taken deep, then you will see that this book is a love letter to the lost country, a family torn apart by war, and a fragile community.
3. Things Fall Apart
If you want to have a clear picture of how African culture and literature works and want details regarding that, then you can’t afford to miss out on reading the book- Things Fall Apart. It is written by a very famous Nigerian author named Chinua Achebe. Even if you are someone who is interested in reading about different cultures and traditions, then this book will sure worth giving a try. It gives you an understanding of how the shifting power dynamics in a colonized Africa country works. This book basically talks about the community and civilization and then going forward explains what it means too.
4. All About Love
When we are talking about some good books to read before anything- we can’t miss out on the very lovely book called All About Love. As we all know that love is something that happens to us automatically. It gives you some kind of magical yet passive experience altogether. Bell hooks in her book All About Love, says that love is a choice and we should all make it at least once.
Reading this book you will be able to know what is the role of love in our lives and the ways our culture has distorted the meaning of the same. You will have a clear idea and examples so that you can have a better understanding of what Love is.
If you want to read a book that is a must-read, then you shouldn’t miss out on Disgrace. This book is a finely crafted, very sharp knife resting gently against your skin. There are this uneasiness and suspense from the very beginning. This book is written by J. M. Coetzee and made it all the more powerful by the use and control of the spare language. Trust me, you won’t be able to take a deep breath until it’s all over. The book basically talks about how it feels to confront deep prejudices.
There are prejudices of sexuality, gender, race, and class. This book is far from the politically right diatribe but talks about how to deal and survive as humans and forces the reader to reflect upon what seems at first a very twisted reality.
6. To Kill a Mocking Bird
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee is yet another great book that one shouldn’t miss out on. It is a timeless American classic book that is pretty much educational. Reading this book will give you a fair idea of how the oppressive power structure in America works. Even though the book was written in the 20th century, it seems that American society still represents the same.
7. The Great Gatsby
If you want to talk more about American society and how it was steeped in indulgence and decadence, then you must read the book- The Great Gatsby. The author of this book is F. Scott Fitzgerald where he talks about the fragility of the American dream and the length to which people can go in order to achieve the same.
8. The God of Small Things
One of the finest books that a book lover shouldn’t miss out on is The God of Small Things. It is written by the very talented author Arundhati Roy. The book talks about the beautiful tale of caste taboos and what exactly it means in orthodox and rigid society to break the taboos. In fact, for this book, she won the Booker Prize in the year 1997.
Americanah is yet another amazing book and a must-read for book lovers. It is written by a very popular Nigerian author named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her book talks about the story of a charismatic, young Nigerian woman who has left the comfort of her home in Lagos to face a world of struggles in the United States. The book captures the hard life of US immigrants and the divisions of a rising Nigeria.
10. Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies is yet another amazing book and is a must-read for everyone before dying. It is written by William Golding that talks about a bunch of school boys on an island. Well! The story basically talks about those boys and how their decent behavior falls away through the trails of their journey.
11. Born a Crime
If you are a book lover and looking for something interesting yet knowledgeable to read before you die, then you can’t miss out on the book- Born a Crime. It is written by Trevor Noah who is a very popular author and has written this book with all his passion. This book talks about the apartheid in South Africa. It is all about a young boy who grows into a young and restless man who finds it difficult to survive in a world where he is not meant to be.
The more you will read, you will see that the book talks about the young man’s relation with a fearless, religious mother, a rebellious, woman determined to save her son from poverty, abuse, and violence. And all of these must-have threaten her own life. Noah highlights his curious world with the incisive wit along with the unflinching honesty. You will feel that the story portrays a young boy suffering to survive through the damaged world in a funny way armed with his mother’s unconditional love and a keen sense of humor.
Middlemarch is written by the very popular author George Eliot. This books basically follows the loves and lives of the inhabitants of a small town located in England. It has the acerbic wit as well as the timeless truth that comes with the observations mark. The book is a work of a genius and is a must-read book before you die.
13. 100 Years of Solitude
Another book that you shouldn’t miss out on is the 100 Years of Solitude. This book is written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It talks about the story of seven generations of the Buendia family that is located in a small town in Colombia. This book will give you all the details you need and the author is in fact very much poetic while writing this book.
14. Before We Were Yours
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is a great book to read before you die. It encompasses the notorious real-life scandals that happen in America. With the children getting kidnapped and then sold to wealthy families, this book talks about the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Rill Foss along with her four younger siblings. They lived with their parents but their father one day had to rush her mother to the hospital and Rill was having the responsibility to look after her siblings.
And then came the strangers to kidnap them with force. All of them were thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society Orphanage and was assured to be released soon. However, they learn the dark truth and Rill fights to keep her brother and sisters together in the world of uncertainty and danger.
15. Looking for Alaska
Looking for Alaska is written by John Green and is a very popular book, so we couldn’t afford to miss out. It is the story of Miles Halter who is tired of his safe life at home. And a result, he left for the boarding school in order to have a different experience of life and be safe yet exposed. Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, a young lady pulls Miles into her labyrinth.