Top 6 books that you got to read before you die

I’ll be honest with you – I will not include the philosophical novels of Russian authors with unpronounceable names or cult books in this list simply because they are just that, books of worship. Let’s face it: novels like The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri cannot be read. I am absolutely convinced that the three-quarters of people who recommend such readings without being professors in the field do so only to pose as “intellectuals”. I can come and say that I’ve read the Divine Comedy in Italian and I understood each metaphor, each context, and each dialogue … but no, I do not think it is a must-read before you die. I tried to read Dante’s work a million times, but there is no way to understand it in its entirety. Even having studied philosophy, it is very difficult to understand all the depth of that work.

Something similar happens with the famous Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Will I recommend you to read it? Am I going to be the first one to do so? It is a book in old Castilian, famous for its length and very dense. It is not for amateurs. Now that Miguel de Cervantes is probably the best writer in the Spanish-speaking world, it is not going to discuss anyone. Don Quixote is to read loose passages, to savor and enjoy. It is not recommended that you read such books like you usually read a normal novel because you end up exhausted. A similar feeling is experienced with Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. And then there are those legendary works you must already know about such as One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Odyssey by Homer.

It is also added that although it is a list of books that you should read before you die, they are a part of my blog and therefore, my opinion. I have not based this list on any study or any compilation citing these as the best books. Plain and simple, I like these works a lot and I want to share them with you. And by the way, this is not a TOP 6 list. The order is irrelevant.

One criterion I followed to make this list has been the variety. The grace of such listings is to encourage those who dare to read new styles and to favor all books alike. So, here you will find fantasy, science fiction, horror, romance, adventure, classics and all this time, obeying a broad spectrum, from modern to ancient sagas.

I leave you with the list and hopefully, it will be to your liking.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Although the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings is much better known and significant than The Hobbit, the latter becomes much more enjoyable and readable. I admire Tolkien, but it is true that if you’re not used to this kind of literature, the descriptions can ruin your reading. The Hobbit, however, is aimed at a younger audience with a more entertaining story and a much simpler story while still being epic and exciting. It is very enjoyable and a compulsory read for fantasy lovers.

1984 by George Orwell

The perfect dystopia is 1984. Without a doubt, it is my favorite book. All that passes in its pages, everything it stands for, everything it says and above all … everything it does not say. I do not want to spoil the surprise, just read it. You will definitely like it but it will probably leave a sour taste on your palate.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

If 1984 is my favorite novel, Hamlet is the second. There are many who believe that Macbeth is superior to Hamlet, but I disagree. The characters in Hamlet are simply perfect, so human and real that they lend astonishing fear to see them die. The story itself, dialogues, philosophical meaning and the political background of Hamlet is impeccable. It is Shakespeare … what more reasons do you need to read it?

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

If you have not heard of the name Harry Potter, you must have been living the last 20 years in a cave. This legendary saga of books has not only shaped a whole generation of readers but for many, it is more than a literary saga. It is something almost spiritual. Even if you do not get very excited with young adult literature and fantasy of this style, you should at least read the first part of the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It just about represents everything that Harry Potter stands for.

Bram Stoker’s by Dracula

A world famous horror novel and the father of one of the most iconic figures of fear: the vampire. The format of this novel is great and one gets hooked to its pages with astonishing ease. If you consider yourself a die-hard fan of vampires, you need to read this book. All that has sparked Bram Stoker for his novel, with an authentic and pure image of the vampire, makes him worthy of any praise. All the famous novels of Anne Rice and all movies and video games sagas about vampires exist thanks to this book.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Austen marked a before and after in literature and society of her time and that is why her most famous book is on this list. Pride and Prejudice have excellent characters so vivid that they seem real and they have unwrapped one of the best romantic plots of the History of World Literature. If you’re not fond of romantic literature, you’ll still love this book and if you are fond of the genre, it is a mandatory title on your shelf.

The world is full of some very amazing books that must be read. Honestly, there is no end to reading but if you have read these 6 books in your lifetime, you can consider your life to be a successful one.

I have compiled a list of some 50 books that you may find interesting

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  5. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  9. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  11. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  12. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  13. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  14. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  15. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  16. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  17. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  18. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  19. Emma by Jane Austen
  20. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  21. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  22. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  23. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  24. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  25. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
  26. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  27. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
  28. The Shining by Stephen King
  29. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  30. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  31. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  32. The Bible
  33. The Quran
  34. The Tao Te Ching
  35. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  36. The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  38. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  39. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  40. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
  41. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  42. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  43. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  44. 1984 by George Orwell
  45. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  46. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  47. The Children of Men by P.D. James
  48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  49. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  50. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth