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“Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home”- Anna Quindlen
Endless pages and infinite words have been written on how reading can transform the way you look at the world. Books inform, educate, inspire, transport you to a different era, unfurl countless fantasies, excite your imagination and are something that can never grow old. Of the countless pieces of literature that you can pick, there are a few masterpieces that you simply cannot afford to miss.
Whether you are a novice looking for some suggestions or already an avid reader, here are 20 books that you should read before you die:
Unquestionably the greatest piece of literature one could lay hands on.Storytelling simply cannot get better than this.
A compelling story written in Melvile’s poetic style of writing, it’s considered a masterpiece worldwide.
Containing elements of social criticism, sexuality and religion, this is one novel admired for being way ahead of its time.
A perfect balance between comedy and romance, it sums up everything from flirtation to courtship in its pages.
Offering a delightful satire on the Victorian British society and an insight into the hypocrisy of men, this is one book you simply cannot put down.
A favorite book among many booklovers, this classic never ceases to amuse, even today.
Receiving universal acclaim, this story is complete with delightful characters and has been translated, read and re-read umpteen number of times.
A political and science fiction, the book has a rich plot and unique style. This coveted piece of fiction is a marvel in itself.
A far exciting tale, laced with tragedy and amusement, than Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, this book manages to capture the reader’s attention from start to finish.
This tantalizing tale of passion and tragedy is something that’s a must on every book lover’s shelf.
A masterpiece of epic proportions, this is one book that demands to be read to know what all the hype is about.
Introducing a character so iconic that it’s used almost everywhere, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a horror story one simply cannot forget.
A beautiful tale of childhood, freedom and rebellion, this classic page-turner is a must-read.
Although a controversial novel, it has since become popular among adolescents owing to its theme of teenage rebellion.
A popular science-fiction novel, this is one of the earliest books to introduce extra-terrestrials, and keeps the readers amused to the end.
A fictional first person account of a Geisha working in Japan, this book incorporates a style that’s unique in its own right
It is no literary marvel, but this series is what made several non-readers to take up reading in the first place.
Perhaps the best adventure of Sherlock Holmes, this tale of thrills and mystery will leave you befuddled.
Easily Agatha Christie’s best work, a mystery book with a baffling ending, it far outsmarts other books in the same genre.
An epic fantasy with thrilling action, this tale needs to be lived rather than read.
Now that you have the list, why not get one and start reading. You will definitely be in love with all.