By Aabiya Noman Baqai
These are some of the most brilliant literary pieces to have ‘walked’ this Earth, these are just 20 of them that a modern day reader can relate to. *Note: this list has not been made in any particular order.
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This one is obvious. It is about an orphan boy who finds out he’s a wizard and survived a killing spell as a baby. A journey of self-discovery, friendships, sacrifices and countless other life lessons that we can all take away from. If you haven’t read this book, you are missing out on life.
2. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
One of the many epic books written by Dan Brown, this is about Robert Langdon, a Harvard Professor who is absorbed into one of Europe’s most enthralling mysteries.
3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
About a girl who has been brought to this world to help cure her sister’s cancer. It has a plot twist in the end that makes it worth the read.
4. Animal Farm by George Orwell
One of those books every English/Literature teacher assigns. It is very fascinating look into how the world works.
5. Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
Though Roald Dahl is mostly known for stories for kids, this particular collection of short stories is for older readers that are full of mysteries and unusual plots.
6. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A twisted glimpse of what the future might be like if we continue like this.
7. Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein
These books really take the world of fantasy and adventure to a whole new level. Full of epic fights, magic and dialogues, these books are bound to have you addicted to the world of ‘Middle Earth’.
8. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
This one’s a more philosophical one that follows a young Andalusian shepherd on his journey to Egypt as he keeps having dreams about finding treasure there.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Published in 1960, this book covers some important issues found in our societies till today.
10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A classic of its own kind, this book covers themes such as wealth, poverty, love, rejection and good vs evil.
11. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Based on the themes of teenage angst and alienation, this novel deals with some complex issues such as identity, belonging, loss and connection.
12. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Another adventurous series that takes us on a journey of 4 siblings who fall upon a secret land called Narnia.
13. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This one is also a coming of age story but focuses on an introverted teenager who his quite intelligent and an unconventional thinker.
14. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
An insight into what the future may hold in terms of defining citizens of society and putting them in certain categories that they can’t really deviate from.
15. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Recently turned into a movie, this story revolves around a teenage boy who goes onto look for a girl who suddenly disappears after a night of revenge-taking adventures.
16. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Another novel about young people in a different sort of world, forcing them to make sacrifices and fighting things they never thought they’d be fighting.
17. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A story about family, friendships, loyalty and redemption. Requires the reader to be a bit courageous to deal with some of the sad plot twists.
18. 1984 by George Orwell
Like most of Orwell’s themes, this book talks about governments, politics and cults.
19. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
An insight into another future American society where books are outlawed and firemen have to burn any books they may find. It represents themes of the consequences of suppressing ideas and creativity.
20. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Set in Victorian society, this book’s about a family that brings home an orphan from Liverpool. It also happens to talk about an accident and a curious supernatural encounter.