Novels are stories, the imagination of people, characters of real life, and feelings of love, emotion, and grief. A book gives us the opportunity to relate these stories with real life. Books teach us about love, war, friendship, and human nature.
Reading these stories with life and character create a whole new existing world in our mind. Whatever people say about books, but losing yourself in the story of imagination is one of the greatest experiences of joy and satisfaction.
So here we have an amazing collection of best novels to read once in your lifetime.
I have read some of these and on a set to complete the list soon. Haven’t you started yet? Don’t take yourself away from these exciting pieces of imagination, love, grief, and reality.
- The Kite Runner
- Pride and Prejudice
- Great Expectations
- On the Road
- All quiet on the Western Front
- All About Love
- A Good Man is Hard to Find
- Man’s search for Meaning
- Charlotte’s Web
- Little Woman
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The story of the kite runner is about the friendship between a son of a wealthy father, Amir, and another who is the son of a servant, Hassan. The Kite Runner is a story based in pre-war Afghanistan to the modern-day US. Whatever the differences between classes, these two people are the best of friends. The novel is rich in the Afghan culture as well as universal themes that can be visualized with — childhood friendship, regret, and redemption, father and son’s love. Every character in this book has its own strength and builds up very briefly. It also shows what a man can do for redemption, to get out of guilt done by him in the past. Ultimately, this is the best novel about relationships the complexities in our life that makes us what we are today. Hosseini’s use of foreshadowing and symbolism makes this book one that can be reread many times.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The story dates to the 19th century rural England, why this novel is one of the best reads in literature because the author captures every essence and beauty of human characters. This novel is more about diminishing the difference between caste and class. The novel depicts the character of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. Pride and Prejudice have consistently appeared near the top of lists of “most-loved novels” among literary readers. Pride and prejudice cover all the essentials events an ideal loving relationship can experience and the importance of marrying for love to make a good match. One gets to learn deeply about the lifestyle & perception of the people that time especially females, being devoid of higher education & career opportunities.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great expectations, is a tale of an ambitious orphan boy, Pip. Pip’s desire to learn, self-improve, and achieve better is what the expectations of this book. The story of Pip is based on 3 basic improvements of life: social, moral, and educational. He had the passion and ambition to achieve his goals to become a wealthy businessman. This novel definitely is a set above his other works in complex human relationships and undying love. It shows how human attitude and beliefs changes with time. Dickens has sketched a number of diverse characters, both good and bad….these are interesting to read. Diverse human natures though some characters have been exposed. Poetic Justice has also been dispensed to them. A picture of contemporary Victorian life is also available from this novel. Since the system of the class is slightly less significant today but still, this book holds the best spots on novels to read.
So it is a novel worth reading.
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The novel is based on the journey of a young boy with his father when catastrophic has struck the world. What they faced during these during the entire destruction of life and property. The two alone struggles to survive until their life. Every event in the novel is inspired by real-life and creates situations of faith and belief. Kerouac’s novel is an ecstatic literary masterpiece, in which nearly every sentence is worth reading over and over. The novel is meant for mature readers with a love of language On the Road is a must-read eye-opener. A modern classic On the road will remain a thrilling story ever written.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque
All quiet on the western front is the first novel to describe the life of a German soldier. The horrifying breakout in the war and this German soldier and his companions scavenging for food, enduring the screams of wounded men and deadly horses. This novel helps us understand the effects of war in Germany and how theses soldiers still shines with hope in this extremity. The way that the book builds and describes scenes is incredible and visceral in away. This book is truly a work of art but is horrifying as well.
All about Love by bell hooks
All about love clears and brings the true factors of love in one’s life. She brings out the question of what actually love is and her answers are the most striking to the mind and heart. She totally refines the definitions of love, and says, “to truly love, we must learn to mix various ingredients — care, affection, recognition, respect, commitment, and trust, as well as honest and open communication.” Hooks shows how love heals and has the power of forgiveness to overcome difficulties. All about love is an amazing book that will change how we think of love. Definitely worth your time and it’s really easy to read and inspiring to get you the real meaning of love!
Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
Set in South Africa, this is the best novel to read when are struggling to confront deep prejudices. This novel is about we feel, survive, and explore as humans. The story of David Lurie, a twice-divorced, 52-year-old professor, whose desires about love has made him feel disgraced at the end. Self-control is a virtue that is still elusive to find. Coetzee was able to elucidate very well on the pertinent part.
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
A good man is hard to find is one of the most discussed stories. This is the book with which Flannery O’Connor made her mark on American letters. First published in 1955, it is a collection of ten short stories of American fiction. The story of a family sets on a road trip, the main character the grandmother. The author shows grace in Christianity that is one of the issues. How difficult it is to find a certain and good man in this world of full of people. The author made a successful attempt through this story to convey the element of literature and religion.
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Man’s search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl’s
Man’s search for meaning is the biography of Frankl as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration, and in his book shows that suffering cannot be avoided. But we need to choose how to cope up with these situations. Frankl’s experience and struggle in the camps are beautifully portrait. However, the situations and events of the author are far more than our reality but still one can learn to find the true meaning and purpose of life. Finding our purpose on this earth is such a complicated mystery but if we find the reality in our living, humans get the strength to survive the severe hardships and trials.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This is a wonderful novel by Emily Bronte, reading it will completely change your atmosphere, you feel like beyond the skies, where peace hath its taste and beauty endeavor the blossoms. The flow is nice and if you like reading gothic novels and horror comics then you will love it. This book is heavily read so need to have proper concentration and interest in the story. If you love reading about intense emotions, then read Wuthering Heights to know what suppressed love can become.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
An autobiography of Louisa and her three sisters living in a warm, comfortable home in the 19th century. A little look into the lives of four sisters childhood to womanhood, you will be inspired at each moment how these women with love find their place in the world. With their father fighting in the civil war their mother couraged to give her daughters a life they deserve. One of the most popular books written on demand, this is really one of the best novels to read.
Our list of best novels to read ends here. Whatever we are reading, it is important that we read any novel with desire, love, and pleasure. These are the masterpieces that had made a huge spot in the life of readers. So what are you waiting for, pick one of the choices of novels to read at bedtime, and travel the whole new world of imagination and discovery?