Books you must read…

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2009 by Vikas

I think that there has been none greater invention for mankind than books. Among books there is a special breed of books which people ought to read. These are called “classics”.   I have read quite a few of them and still reading more (yeah I want to read them all). Whatever good I have read so far has been talked (written) about in this post. This post is just a small section of books I advocate that all and sundry should read. The books in this list are too good to be ranked (in short there is no sequence in the books mentioned). Many of you have must have read most of the books and if you have not then you should (that you must have got by the title)

1.You must be joking Mr. Feynman082509_0500_Booksyoumus1.jpg

The books is about great Feynman (if you studied science and don’t know him sorry I can’t do anything about you). It is a sort of a biography where he explains his adventurous journey from being a MIT graduate to los Alamos and then to Caltech. This book is a narrative of a journey of amusing physicist who his whole life is on a quest of merriment/exubernece. If you have read this read What do you care what other people think.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


A must read this is the greatest of the works by Fitzgerald. It is a great book about a wealthy whose whole life is surrounded by mystery.

3. Hamlet by Shakespeare


The greatest work of Shakespeare in my eyes. This tragedy play has prince Hamlet who is in a predicament to avenge his treacherous uncle for his father’s death or to follow superior morality that leads to mercy. May be the longest but sure is the best.

4. 1984 by George Orwell


If you throw your laptop in trash don’t blame me. I am right. This book can make you think so. This classic piece of literature talks about your volitions to protect your privacy.

5. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky


This books has been praised Sigmund Freud and Franz Kafka as the greatest piece of literature (do I really need to say something else if yes then read). This is the last piece of work by Dostoevsky. This epic talks about who we are and what we do.

6. Ulysses by James Joyce


People have created careers about reading this book. This is a masterpiece (in true sense). Everything in the book is just so perfect. Keeping the book is an honor. Don’t get embarrassed if you don’t understand it all.(i haven’t met single person who understands it fully )

7. A Separate Peace by John Knowles


A classic story of two boys set during WW2. Dealing with one of the boy’s jealousy about another and tragedy resulting from it this book can stir your soul up.(damn serious novel)

8. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


This book influenced terminology. This does means it has to be read. But as the book says read it and you will never be the same. (yep it is that good)Now about the book, it is a satirical historical novel set near the end of WW2.

9. All Quiet on The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarq


A classic war novel that depicts how war can destroy a man. The book begins with young, idealistic German men, going of to fight in WWI believing their cause is just. After experiencing the horrors of trench warfare and shell shock these young men leave the war disillusioned and numb. There is also a great movie based on the book.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Touted as the best book of the century this is a must read.

“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

11. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand


A gargantuan book with a great story is worth reading through. . The fundamental concept is that our world falls apart when individuals stop seeking their own satisfaction through personal achievement and feel a sense of entitlement to the accomplishments and work of others.

Now all being said, such a list is never over and done with. there can be many additions to this list or some removals(but I will not change my post ). I would very much like to know which titles are in your must read or maybe the best book you read. You may agree with the list or may not agree but if you don’t, tell us what should be there.


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