Top Ten Books that Can Change Your Life

The Top Ten

1 Animal Farm - George Orwell

One of the most important books in the history of literature, it discusses Russian history, and shows the hypocrisies and flaws of both capitalism and communism. A must-read for all. - Alpha101

2 Slaughterhouse - Five

Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and this was my introduction to him. You won't be able to put this book down. - Alpha101

3 Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Another one of my all-time favorite books by one of my all-time favorite offers. The book deals with the concept of innocence perfectly, and will change how you view the world. - Alpha101

4 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

My first and favorite Hemingway novel, this book deals with war and the horrors and injustice that it may bring. This book has one of the best yet depressing endings of all time. - Alpha101

5 As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

It took me a while to fully comprehend the significance of this book, because Faulkner has a very complex writing style. Parts of the book are told from the perspective of a retarded boy. The book is incredibly unique, and haunting in the way. - Alpha101

6 A People's History of the United States - Howard Zinn

For all the history geeks, this is a necessity. It talks about the things that are not really taught in U.S. textbooks, such as the slaughter of Indians by Columbus, the atrocities commited by U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, the oppression of socialists and feminists in the 20th century, etc. This book will change your life. - Alpha101

Many of Zinn's "facts" are gross exaggerations, which, of course, renders them invalid. His text is clearly designed to induce in the reader feelings of antipathy if not hatred for America.

Like I said, it is heavily biased and he does exaggerate sometimes, but it's still a very interesting read. - Alpha101

This is the most biased and blatantly inaccurate "history" text ever foisted on young American minds. But Zinn was a hard leftist, so what would you expect?

Actually, most of it is fact. Sure, he is clearly biased and the book shows that, but it's still an interesting read. - Alpha101

7 Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs

This entire book is a heroin addict's dream. It makes absolutely no sense, but it's incredibly unique and ahead of its time. - Alpha101

8 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

It deals with capitalism, profit, loss of the sanctity of life, etc. It's one of my favorites. - Alpha101

9 The Giver - Lois Lowry
10 The Dice Man - George Cockcroft

One if the most underrated books that I've ever read. It deals with chance, free-will, fate, morals, etc. - Alpha101

The Contenders

11 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey

It deals with power, authoritarianism, anarchism, mental health, etc. The movie is even better. - Alpha101

13 Legend - David Gemmell

Such an uplifting story never fails to inspire

14 1985 - Anthony Burgess
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