Reading books is our escape from the harsh realities that exist in front of our eyes or sometimes the reflection of the same. You and I, we both have read books in our lives, it might not be the same number of books or written by the same author or even of the same genre, but we are connected. What binds us together is the invisible thread that runs through the spine of the books that we read and our own.
Hence books without a doubt hold a lot of importance in our lives. Owing to all these reasons that make reading books so important it is not always possible for people to read all the books that exist on the face of the earth. However there are a few books that are just so special that people are recommended to read them at least once in their lives. Let us look at 5 such books which you should read before you die.
1984 by George Orwell
One of the foremost choices for the readers is the novel ‘1984’ authored by George Orwell in the year 1949. This dystopian novel is based around the life of Winston Smith. This character who works in the Party which falls under the ultimate ruler Big Brother is thoroughly frustrated and disgruntled with the life he is leading. The complete rule of a totalitarian power is shown brilliantly throughout this novel. This twisted, cruel world that exists between the pages of this book is quite scary and unreal and almost as cruel as living under King Joffrey was, from the famous book series A Song of Ice and Fire. This is one novel that is a ride everyone should get on at least once in their lives.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The accolades that this book received is evidence enough of the genius of the writer Alice Walker. When literary ingenuity meets the realities of the everyday cruel life that people live and these two things get woven with the raw emotions and the aspect of complex human relationships; a stunning book is born. Revolving around the life of Celie, an uneducated African American woman and the struggles she goes through in life, the narration of the book becomes hauntingly gripping. One of the best books about feminism and what it truly stands for, this is a must read for people.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Mr. Darcy the hero of many romantic dreams of young girls is a character from this classic novel that was the creation of one of the most if not the most famous women writers of the nineteenth century. Set in rural England and following the life story of the Bennett family, who could have ever imagined that this novel would become one of the best romantic books of all time, but it is. The love that is shown between the protagonist Elizabeth Bennett who is the rebel of rebels and Mr. Darcy, a snooty rich man, is so pure and organic that the heart of the readers melts every time they read this book, everytime because reading this book once is never enough. This novel has also been turned into a successful movie starring the gorgeous Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden which is also a good watch.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A journalist turned writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez penned down this novel in a duration of nine months. He won the greatest honour an author could possibly receive, the Nobel Prize for Literature for this book. This novella written in his original language, Spanish, is a tale which talks about the seven generations of the Buendia family of Macondo. A book about the dysfunctional sometimes incestuous family is completely random and insane representing the true spirit of this novel. Any avid reader should definitely go through this book at least once in their lives.
After enlisting these special books that hold a lot of significance in the lives of many readers it is imperative to mention that these books are must reads not just due to the popularity that they received but due to the personal interpretations that people reach while reading them. What these books mean to each individual is different and unique, which further solidifies the point of reading being such a personal activity. So anyone who is looking for ways to relax on a nice warm evening can either read these books or take their favorite gummies and retire for the night all rolled up on their cozy beds.