Can a book full of carefully woven words, narrating you episodes of love, bravery, intellect, technology, revolution, beauty, knowledge, war, inspire you to your deepest core? Well, ardent book lovers do have many reasons to believe so. Here I have compiled a list of my top 10 such books, which hopefully would make you believe in the magical capability of reading books.
1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho- How can probably even start listing books without first mentioning Paolo’s The Alchemist? People all over have not just appreciated but rather celebrated this work by Paolo. It’s being translated in more than 67 languages and according to AFP it has sold about 65 million copies across countries. The book follows a young shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. There are a million profound quotes in the book, but I guess this one shall suffice “Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you´ll find your treasure".
2. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez- Marquez was considered to be one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, who brought ‘Magical Realism’ into his powerful crisp writings. 100 Years of solitude, was his one of the most successful novel and here is a glimpse-“Things have a life of their own," the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. "It's simply a matter of waking up their souls.”
3. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson- Ken Robinson is one of those scholars who have dedicated their life in bringing about a revolution in the way people see education and its institution. He believes that every single child has a creative capacity and world can become a wonderful place if everyone is able to locate in themselves their creative skills and exhaust them to its fullest. For Robinson, The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people finally arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels.
4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White- Ok let me ask you, who doesn't love a novel about talking not humans but animals? E.B. White’s this book is a true classic and beloved novel, in which he tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbours. His novel is a moral lesson for children and a reminder for adults about the beauty of nature, the cycle of life, and the importance of remembering that every creature has its place on this earth.
5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett- A adored children’s favourite book about little Mary, who goes on to live in the English manor house of her antisocial uncle after her parents die of Cholera. The Secret Garden is a abiding classic about the beauty of nature, the healing power of love, and a belief in magic. As the Yorkshire sunshine softens Mary’s hard little heart and she befriends the animal coquette Dicken, her invalid cousin Colin, and a host of gentle creatures. She learns how to love, how to trust, and how to reach outside herself to nurture the world around her.
6. The Color Purple by Alice Walker- Alice Walker is known majorly for her novel “The Color Purple”. It revolves around Celie, who shares her story with God by scribbling letters. Her tone of writing those letters, changes from trembling one to a strong and sorted one by the end. She is raped as a child, married young and separated from her sister. Yet, she doesn't give-up rather picks up courage and empowers herself.
7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger- J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the rye, is observed to be a controversial one which was originally published for adults, but, it gained popularity among adolescents, for it daringly explored themes of teenage angst and alienation. Which is it has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages and around 250,000 copies were sold. So much so that the novel's protagonist Holden Coalfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion.
8. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley- The book was published back in 1965, as the result of collaboration between human rights activist Malcolm X and journalist Alex Haley. Haley co-authored the autobiography based on a series of in-depth interviews which he conducted between 1963 and Malcolm X's 1965 assassination. The book is a spiritual conversion narrative that outlines Malcolm X's philosophy of Black Pride, Black Nationalism, and Pan-Africanism. One of the famous quotes from the book is “Hence I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.”
9. The Stranger by Albert Camus- If just in case you find sync with the philosophy of absurdity and existentialism, this novel by Albert Camus would totally make sense to you. The book was published back in 1942. “I looked up at the mass of signs and stars in the night sky and laid myself open for the first time to the benign indifference of the world.”
10. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf- Is basically an extension of a series of lectures delivered by Virginia Woolf back in Newnham College back in 1929. It gave altogether a new meaning to feminism. Virginia always wanted to break away from Victorian day & age stereotypes. One of the famous quotes from the book perhaps is ““A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
So, what are you still waiting for? Go dig the book and sniff through the pages, clasping a warm cup of coffee. Happy Reading!