Top 10 Must Read Books of All Time
All of us love to read a good book, but could you name the top 10 most read books of all time? Over the last years hundreds of thousands of books have been produced, but only a few have become the most read books of All Time. Here you will find some of the best novels by highly talented authors who are no longer with us, but the majorities are still producing their masterpieces for our ongoing delight. This is a list of the Top 10 Must Read Books of All Time. Whether they’re written for children, sci-fi lovers, mathematicians, or fiction aficionados, certain stories transcend their genre and should be read by everyone.
Top 10 Must Read Books of All Time
- Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy:
Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, published in serial installments from 1873 to 1877 in the periodical The Russian Messenger. Tolstoy clashed with Editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final installment; therefore, the novel’s first complete appearance was in book form in 1878. Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction, Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first true novel, after he came to consider War and Peace to be more than a novel.
- Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert:
Madame Bovary is the novel written by French writer Gustave Flaubert in 1856. The story centered on a doctor’s wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to flee the banalities and blankness of unsophisticated life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel’s true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Long recognized as one of the greatest novels, the book has been explained as a “perfect” work of fiction. Madam Bovary is one of the most perfectly written and influential books of all time. After this book there were many dealing with the fall of an adulterous woman. But this is the original and best one.
- War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy:
War and Peace, a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, first published in 1869. Epic in scale, it is regarded as one of the central works of world literature. War and Peace describe in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Newsweek in 2009 ranked it first in its list of the Top 100 Books. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 20 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.
- Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov:
Lolita is a novel by Vladimir Nabokov, written in English and published in 1955 in Paris, in 1958 in New York City, and in 1959 in London. It was later translated by its Russian-native author into Russian. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, a 37-to-38-year-old literature professor called Humbert Humbert, who is obsessed with the 12-year-old Dolores Haze, with whom he becomes sexually intimated after he becomes her stepfather.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the UK in year 1884 and in year 1885 in US. Usually named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. The book is famous for its colorful portrayal of people and places along the Mississippi River.
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare:
The Tragedy of Hamlet generally known by name Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying his deceased brother’s widow. Hamlet is one of the most quoted works in the English language, and is often included on lists of the world’s greatest literature
- The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald:
Written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, The Great Gatsby is a novel that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. By 1960, the book was progressively selling 50,000 units per year, and renewed interest led The New York Times editorialist Arthur Mizener to proclaim the novel “a classic of twentieth-century American fiction”. The Great Gatsby has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, annually sells an additional 500,000 copies, and is Scribner’s most popular title; in 2013, the e-book alone sold 185,000 copies
- In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust:
‘In Search of Lost Time’ also translated as Remembrance of Things Past is a novel in 7 volumes by Marcel Proust. His most prominent work, it is known both for its length and its theme of involuntary memory, the most famous example being the “episode of the madeleine” which occurs early in the first volume. The novel began to take shape in 1909. Proust continued to work on it until his final illness in the autumn of 1922 forced him to break off. Proust established the structure early on, but even after volumes were originally finished he kept adding fresh material and edited one volume after another for publication. The last three of the seven volumes contain oversights and incomplete or unpolished passages, as they existed only in draft form at the death of the author; the publication of these parts was supervised by his brother Robert.
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning is like nothing you’ve ever read before. The first half of the book depicts Dr. Frankl’s four years losing everything in concentration camps, an explanation so hellish, it leaves you deserted. Horrified by his Holocaust experiences, Frankl struggles to survive after he is freed. In the second half of the book, Frankl shows how that period of his life informs and develops his theory of “logotherapy” — he asserts that life is about finding meaning, what is meaningful to each individual. As painful as his experiences are, Frankl’s theory is full of love; he is able to discover redemption for himself and others. This book is wonderfull life-changing.
- Middlemarch, by George Eliot:
Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by English author George Eliot, first published in eight installments during 1871–2. The novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829–32, and it includes many distinct stories and a large cast of characters. Momentous themes include the status of women, the nature of marriage, idealism, self-interest, religion, hypocrisy, political reform, and education.
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