The world is filled with thousands of amazing books. Unfortunately, reading most of them is impossible. That is why we made a list of seven books that you should read once in your life. Keep reading to find out which books made the list!
These seven books were chosen because they have a lot to offer. All of them are classics and while a book doesn’t have to be a classic to make this list, they are amazing works of fiction that should be read.
Whether you like sci-fi, comedy, or horror; this list has something for you. These are just some the many amazing books out there. You can see the full list below!
Seven Books That You Must Read Once in Your Life
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Catcher in the Rye by S.D. Salinger
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The first novel on the list is 1984 by George Orwell. It is a dystopian novel that imagines a totalitarianism world where mass surveillance is the norm and people’s freedom is limited. It was a cautionary tale by Orwell and when parts of the novel became reality, people said Orwell was right.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Not every novel has to be a heavy read. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a sci-fi comedy that will have you laughing throughout the series. The writing is brilliant, the plot is wild, and you will forget everything else. Books like this one remind you how fun reading can be.
A novel that everyone should read once is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Many people have heard of it but few have actually picked it up and read it. It is considered to be the first sci-fi book written. The novel has elements of philosophy and makes the reader ask questions that are not easy to answer.
One of the novels on the list is the classic sci-fi novel is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. You may have watched the movie that was based off the novel called Bladerunner. The novel follows protagonist Rick Deckard as he must kill six androids who rebelled that resemble humans.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Like most readers, I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in school and couldn’t put the novel down. The story is told by the viewpoint of Jean Louise Finch and tells the story of Atticus Finch defending Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman in Maycomb Alabama.
The novel was an instant success and went on to win a Pulitzer prize the following year. It is considered one of the best works of fiction. The writing, plot, characters, and storytelling make this a must read and a story unlike any other.
The Catcher in the Rye
Another novel taught in schools is The Catcher in the Rye. This novel also tackles the loss of innocence like To Kill a Mockingbird in its own way. Holden Caulfield has been suspended from school and instead of going home, he stays in a hotel in New York City and navigates the city as he meets old and new acquaintances.
There are a lot of themes in this novel that Salinger explores that many readers relate to. The novel was intended for adults but ended up being consumed mostly by adolescents. It is also considered one of the best novels of all time.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
When thinking about novels that I think about often to this day, it is hard not to include The Grapes of Wrath. The novel takes place during the Great Depression and follows the Joads, a poor family that has to leave their home because of a multitude of reasons. Like thousands of other people, they head to California for jobs and a future.
Steinbeck’s novel captured an important moment in history that gives us a vivid look at what millions of people who experienced the Great Depression. The novel went on to win the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
These are the seven books that you must read once in your life. Once you read them, you will see why they appear on many lists. Have you read any of these books? Let us know in the comments below!