Whether you are an avid reader or not, there are few classic books you have to read at least once in your lifetime. Be it in a sunny day of vacation or cold winters of January with hot cocoa in your hand, you need to get your hands on these books and discover what you are missing out.
- To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee – The unforgettable novel of a childhood became both a bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. It was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. This book takes readers to the human roots, to experience innocence in the midst of cruelty and hatred and racism.
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – It is one of the best known Russian historical novels and best written work of Leo. It is a story of love and adultery and war and death and gives insight into war driven Russia and human behavior during times of war as well as peace.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – This famous book has been adapted on screens many times depicting the story of March sisters who are all different with unique attributes. Even though they are poor due to circumstances of war they fill their life with richness playing games, putting theatricals and making new friends. They go through happiness and sickness and growth all together.
- Great expectations by Charles Dickens – targeted towards the teenagers in high school it’s a story of young Pip. His yearning to be loved and to succeed. It’s his journey through different stages of his expectations and discovery of human values.
- Midnight’s children by Salman Rushdie – This book is about a child being born at midnight on 15th August, 1947, when India achieved Independence from British colonial rule. It narrates the story of Saleem Siana and is divided in in three parts following story of his family and various events that lead to India’s independence and partition. Born precisely at the midnight, Saleem was born with telepathic powers and later discovers that all the kids born in India between 12 A.M. and 1 A.M have special power. Using his telepathic powers, he assembles a conference with all kids to reflect upon the issues like culture, linguistic, religion and political differences to shape the nation.
- A passage to India by E.M Forster – this book is about prejudice between British and Indian people in 1920s. Set in pre-Independence India, it questions whether a friendship between a British person and an Indian would have been possible in those times. It was featured by Times in 100 Best English-language novels published from 1923 to 2005.
- Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare – This famous tragedy remains one of the most overused trope in culture. Be it in films or books or plays this work keeps on inspiring stories till date. Written at an early stage of Shakespeare’s literary career, it is a story about naivety and passion and cruelty filled with lots of symbolism and lines which are still quoted till date.