There are millions of books out there and we will be unable to read even one percent of those books. That means we must choose what we read carefully. Harper’s Bazaar has their recommendations. Keep reading to find out what made Harper’s Bazaar’s 10 books to read in your lifetime list!
What we love about lists is that you don’t find two that are identical. While there are consensus picks, somehow, a surprising book or two make the list. That is also true for Harper’s Bazaar’s list. Keep reading to see which ten books they chose!
Harper’s Bazaar’s 10 Books to Read in Your Lifetime
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
- The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Classics and a Few Surprises
The list starts off well by choosing some great classics. Everything looked great and then they just had to include The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This book does not belong on this list and is not must-read. A few sentences can summarize the whole story and you won’t have to read pages on pages about the meaning of the scarlet letter.
A book I never heard of made this list which surprised me. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence is a book that I have never come across before today. It was released in the 1928 in Italy and was even banned in some places because of the sexual content in the 1960’s. It even received an obscenity trial. The 1960’s was a different time to say the least.
It is hard to argue against the classics chosen by Harper’s Bazaar. Everything except The Scarlet Letter sits well with me and I do not know much about Lady Chatterley’s Lover to give much of an opinion.
That is all for Harper’s Bazaar’s 10 books to read in your lifetime list. What did you think of their list and their two surprising picks? Let us know in the comments below!