10 Classic Books You Should Read at Least Once in Your Life
Everyone has that one person in their life who just likes to talk about the classics, whether they’ve read them or not (we know you know someone like this).
Here’s a list of ten classic books you should at least have read once in your life, if not actually read cover-to-cover and enjoyed yourself.
You might not agree with all of these there are lots of opinionated people out there but you won’t be able to argue with any of them.
1) 1984 by George Orwell
This novel will give you a look into an alternative reality that is equal parts frightening and inspirational.
One of Orwell’s best books, it will make you think about what it means to be human and just how hard life can be under a government who seeks control over its citizens.
1984 isn’t just a book worth reading once; it should be one you keep on your shelf as a reminder of why freedom matters.
2) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A book about a pilot that gets stranded in a desert, meets a young prince and learns important lessons from him.
This is one of those stories that’s been around for decades and people are always talking about it.
3) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie isn’t a book about dying; it’s a book about living. This isn’t just a tear-jerker or an inspiring tale of loss and grief, though it is both those things; it’s also simply one of the best books ever written.
4) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Scout Finch and her brother Jem have grown up in a world of innocence, raised by their widowed father Atticus—the lawyer known for defending a black man accused of raping a white woman.
After her brother is attacked by a dog, Scout asks why she can’t shoot Boo Radley, an agoraphobic recluse who lives down the street.
Atticus teaches his children that there is more to people than meets their eye.
5) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
This series is written to be a story for all time, so whether you’re reading it for nostalgia or as a brand new adventure, these books have something for everyone.
The series follows Frodo Baggins on his quest to destroy an evil ring that controls those who wear it; it’s a timeless tale of good versus evil.
Tolkien has created a world that feels vibrant and alive, but also has enough detail to appeal to readers regardless of their interest level.
6) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
If you work in business or sales, it’s a good idea to learn Sun Tzu’s famous text on military strategy. After all, is there a more applicable (and effective) lesson than to win without fighting is best?
This incredibly short text is even recommended by leading authors and CEOs like Jack Welch—but don’t get intimidated by its ancient origins:
The lessons contained within are as valuable today as they were thousands of years ago.
7) How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
A classic from 1936, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People continues to be a global phenomenon.
The book was an instant bestseller that became one of the most influential self-help books ever written. Learn how to win friends and influence people by being a kind person.
8) Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
A Man’s Search for Meaning is an inspiring tale of Viktor Frankl’s time spent imprisoned in concentration camps during World War II.
For three years, he writes, he maintained his will to live by clinging to a single question: Why was I put here on earth?
Frankl believed that his search for meaning was what kept him alive, and many readers have since reported that Frankl’s work encouraged them to reflect upon their own quests for meaning and purpose.
9) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
10) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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