While there are millions of books worthy of praise, these six books make up the top of our list.
While deciding the books in this article we have kept in mind only one criterion – its impact on an individual’s life. Today, let’s make it a habit to read. Because reading grows us in ways we cannot even imagine.
1. & 2. THE FOUNTAINHEAD AND ATLAS SHRUGGED
– AYN RAND
Both these books are novel in their plot and idea. They reflect a person’s individuality, willpower and conscience. Every character in both these books can be found in real life, be it the protagonists or the antagonists. While The Fountainhead is about an architect, Howard Roark who wants to live life on his own terms. He refuses to imitate the works of the architects before him and the problems unfold in his life.
Atlas Shrugged revolves around one question, “Who is John Galt?” and to find that answer you have to read the book. The book highlights the current plight of the society, the hypocrisy in it and the obstacles faced by those who refuse to conform to the normal ideas of life. The characters of John Galt, Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart stand out.
3. THE ALCHEMIST
– PAULO COELHO
In this masterful storytelling about a boy chasing his dreams, Coelho colourfully describes different aspects of our lives. It teaches one to believe in themselves and to go beyond their set boundaries. The book is the journey of an Andalusian shepherd named Santiago, to Egypt when he gets a dream about finding treasure there.
4. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
– MITCH ALBOM
This book is a memoir about a newspaper sports columnist spending time with his 78-year old teacher, Morrie, who is on the deathbed. When Mitch decides to visit his professor on every Tuesday after seeing him once after a gap of 16 years, his life begins to change. The book approaches the subject of death and deals with it beautifully. It also talks about the dying professor’s past experiences and teaches something in every chapter.
– ELEANOR PORTER
A little-orphaned girl, Pollyanna goes to live with her aunt after both her parents pass away. Struggling with life, the girl starts playing a game taught to her by her father called “The Glad Game”. This game involves being glad about something even in the most negative situation. Soon her charm spreads to all the other people living around her and a beautiful story filled with innocence and emotions unfolds.
6. CHARLOTTE’S WEB
This is a tale of friendship and sacrifices. Often considered to be children’s fiction this book has a lot to teach to the adults as well. Charlotte, a spider helps save the life of Wilbur, the pig by preventing him from getting slaughtered. She weaves a word in her web praising the pig, thereby saving his life. The story continues with funny and interesting occurrences that leave an impact on the mind.
These five books are a must-read. While this list certainly misses out on a lot of books, you can watch this space for more such lists.