Reading, you either love it or don’t. We’re assuming that if you have clicked on this link then you too are a book worm, or perhaps you would like to turn a new page and pick up a new hobby in reading. We know it can be difficult to start a new book and even harder to decide which book to pick up and start. And with so many books out there you don’t want to waste your time on an average read.
So, either use this list as a good place to start or as a spot to guide you if you are stuck on which adventure to take next. Whether it’s Fantasy, Romance, Action, or Thriller that you enjoy, our list has something for everyone.
Here is Frenchie Wear’s Top 10 Must Read Books.
1. Harry Potter Series
We are kicking off our list with none other than the Harry Potter Books. Now I know technically I’m giving you seven books in one listing, however once you read HP and the Philosopher’s Stone, you will be reaching for the next six books in no time. So, if you have been living under a rock and aren’t familiar with JK Rowling’s magical fantasy books of the late ninties- early noughties, I’ll give you a quick run-down. We follow Harry Potter as he enters the unknown world of magic, where he makes lifelong friendships at Hogwarts and navigates growing up as the famous Boy Who Lived.
2. Pride and Prejudice
You will find Pride and Prejudice on a good many must read book lists, and for good reason. Jane Austin’s 18 th century romance drama will have you speedily turning page after page. Following protagonist Elizabeth Bennet as she discovers the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness amongst love and other things.
3. The Lord of The Rings
J.R.R Tolkien has been written in history as one of the best to ever write fantasy, his genius Middle Earth is enthralling, exciting and amazingly extensive. This epic trilogy fits into one epic, impossibly seeming journey of friendship, adventure and triumph. Follow Frodo, Sam,Pippin and Merry as they embark on a once in a lifetime mission to save life as they know it.
4. The Great Gatsby
Immerse yourself in this age-old classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald, allow yourself to be
transported back to the 1920’s raving Jazz age where you will meet the mysterious Mr Gatsby. The 1925 novel is filled with all good things - mystery, extravagance and drama.
5. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web may seem like something we should put on the children’s must-read book list, and while it is family friendly and notoriously cutesy, Charlotte’s Web is an easy and light-hearted read. It is a sweet reminder to enjoy the simple things in life and to be kind to all living creatures, as we follow the spider Charlotte and Wilbur the piglet through some of life’s challenges.
6. The Shining
Now, if cute little spiders aren’t your thing perhaps haunted hotels are? Stephen King’s 1970’s cult horror classic is a must read if you enjoy a good thriller. Now this novel is not only good -but one of the greats. Filled with scary twins and axe wielding husbands, guaranteed to make you glad you’re not caretaker of this historic hotel.
7. Little Women
This coming-of-age novel written by Louisa May Alcott follows the lives of four sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as they find themselves growing from children into young women. This 18th century novel has been said to capture young women and the young-at-heart for decades, a book that will leave you yearning for more on the little women.
8. The Help
A recent read about a historical moment in time, 2009’s The Help written by Kathryn Stockett follows the difficult story of African Americans working in white households in the 1960’s. This deeply moving novel while fictious is based on real life events, so if you enjoy reading books with truth to them The Help might be what you’ve been looking for.
9. Gone Girl
Crime-thriller novels will always have a place on must-read book lists, engrossing, exciting and perfectly mysterious. Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel has all the right amount of each, earning its spot on the New York times best seller list. Become filled with suspense as you read about the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne and whether or not her husband Nick is involved.
10. The Color Purple
The Color Purple is the only epistolary novel we have on this list- epistolary meaning (literary work) in the form of letters. The letters are written to and from Celie and Nettie-Two African American sisters who are separated as girls but sustain their hope and love in each other across time, distance and silence. Written in 1982, Alice Walker’s novel will have you learning the meaning of staying strong and to keep fighting.
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