Top Ten Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once In Their Lives

The Top Ten
1 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

I really love this book as well as the movie which was made from this great, beautiful book that one can't ignore. It's a story of true friendship, bringing tears to my eyes.

The story of Amir, as he tries to find his best friend he's ever had, despite abandoning him due to ethnic and religious differences that were prominent in Kabul, Afghanistan.

We watched the movie in class last year. It's a really heartfelt story. You need to at least watch the movie to understand.

2 Prisoner of Zenda - Anthony Hope

It is the first novel which I read in 2009. I just love it!

3 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

I read this in 9th-10th grade. I even saw the movie.

Pulitzer-winning book, a masterpiece of Lee. Humor entwines the strands of hypocrisy, hatred, prejudice, love, and innocence to create one of the best novels ever written.

4 1984 - George Orwell

Delve into the life of Smith as he struggles with the developing human nature in a world where individuality, free will, and love are forbidden.

5 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

While I love the Harry Potter series, they are not a one-time read. You read them over and over again and feel the exact same emotions. But with this, I knew instantly I could never read it again. I had gone numb reading it and felt a whole wave of new and intense emotions the following day.

I had cried the hardest reading this book, not because some people died, but because I knew this happened to real people. I got so connected and acquainted with the character, who felt so real and true to me. It was so unexpected, so sudden when, you know. How the author described it. I could feel everything. I knew exactly what he was intending to say and how beautifully written this was, how finely cut and trimmed this story was. All I can say is read it. If you don't, you'll never know what real writing is. But, if you can't, read Harry Potter, which includes half of the feels this book has.

Also, I read this fairly young (before my teens, even), so you can just imagine the emotional wreck I was in (and I still am not a teen, believe it or not).

6 The End of the Affair - Graham Greene

It tells the story of the adulterous relationship between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles, set in the past against the turmoil of World War II. The personal battles of love, guilt, hate, and the search for truth and redemption are all made more poignant.

7 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
8 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
9 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
10 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is one of the most influential pieces of fantasy fiction of the 20th century.

Do I even need to tell anything about it?

The Contenders
11 Of Mice & Men - John Steinbeck
12 Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
13 Renegades - Marissa Meyer

Most people haven't heard of this book, but it's an amazing book series. It's about superheroes.

14 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
15 The Stranger - Albert Camus
16 No Country for Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
17 Once - Morris Gleitzman
18 The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
19 The Stand - Stephen King
20 The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
21 Memnoch the Devil - Anne Rice
22 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
23 Emma - Jane Austen
24 Scythe - Neal Shusterman

A lot of people probably don't know much about this series, but it's a truly wonderful read. It's set in a world that seems so utopian on the surface, but when you go deeper, you see how trying to create a perfect world will result in one more flawed than the original.

There are three books in this series, and I totally recommend them. Admittedly, the last one is a little messy and rushed at times, and the second one can be occasionally messy as well, but the first is beautifully written.

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