The purpose of this list is to give you an idea of what kinds of books I enjoy reading and what I think are the best books ever written. I’m not saying that these are the only books worth reading or even the best ones, but they are the ones that have had the greatest impact on me as a person and as a writer. I’ve also included books that are well worth reading but that are not necessarily the best of the best. I’ll also give you some background information about the books I chose, which I hope will help you to decide whether or not you’d like to read them.
Some books are timeless classics that continue to be read and loved by generations across the ages. This list is a list of the ten best books of all time, which people from all over the world continue to read and love. The 10 Best Books of All Time are so many that it would be impossible to decide what are the best. These books are in no particular order because they are all good in their own ways.
“Books are the most powerful drugs in the world.” -J.R.R. Tolkien This has always been a truism, but in our hyper-connected world of social media, video games, and smartphones, the power of a good book is more apparent than ever. Books can transport us to different places and times, they can help us learn, they can console us when we are sad, and they can entertain us when we are bored. They have the ability to change our lives and to help us become the person we want to be.
Would you like to read books that change your life? If so, then you’ll want to add these ten titles to your must-read list. These books have inspired some of the world’s most influential and successful individuals, helped solve challenging problems, and changed the way we view the world as we know it—and they can do the same for you. Be sure to get your hands on one (or all) of these best books of all time!
Malcolm X was a human rights activist and an African-American Muslim minister. He is considered one of most important and influential leaders in modern history, but his life was cut short by assassination at age 39. His autobiography gives us a detailed look into what shaped him, what made him transform from criminal to Muslim leader, and it challenges some stereotypes about Islam. Anyone interested in American history or civil rights will find Malcolm’s story inspiring and unforgettable.
Let’s begin with a little history. George R.R. Martin began writing what would become A Song of Ice and Fire in 1991, and originally intended for it to be a trilogy—and just one book long (the titular Ice, in particular). Yet as he kept writing and his story began to become more intricate, GRRM realized that three books would not be enough. The first novel, A Game of Thrones, hit shelves in 1996; there is still no confirmed release date for its sequel, The Winds of Winter (née A Dream of Spring). And while it is often noted that GRRM works on multiple books at once (and he has confirmed as much), it does mean that he takes an excruciatingly long time to finish them.
In her own words, I wanted to write a book that would make readers laugh, but also one that would make them see how sometimes common people do uncommon things. And Lee did just that, with her iconic novel following a young girl named Scout as she navigates her coming-of-age in a small Southern town riddled with prejudice and inequality. Since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than forty languages. It was voted Best Novel of the Century by librarians across America and was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Gregory Peck.
The Lord of The Rings books by J.R.R Tolkien is a series that has received great accolades and high praise from critics and readers alike. They are widely regarded as some of, if not, the best fantasy books ever written. Their rich narrative, complex characters and memorable dialogue have given them lasting appeal to both children and adults all over. The journey may have begun in The Hobbit but it reached its peak with Lord Of The Rings. Reading these books will take time but they will be some of your most cherished memories forever; you’ll find yourself returning to them again and again for joyous re-readings.
Because these books shaped so many people’s childhood, we wanted to make sure to include them in our list. From any book series that you read over and over as a child, it shows how great stories have stayed with us forever. So what makes Harry Potter such a great story? Is it because he lives in an orphanage and doesn’t know he is a wizard until he goes off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Or is it because of his big adventures at school, fighting evil with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger? There are so many reasons why J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books are just that: great stories.
Dale Carnegie was an American writer, trainer, and public speaking coach. How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold 15 million copies worldwide since its publication in 1936. It is said to be one of the top-five bestselling books of all time. The book discusses principles that Carnegie had developed as a young man and which he claimed were essential for success in life and work.
Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon and writer, was 36 years old when he learned that he had terminal cancer. What followed was a deep dive into facing death: how to make sense of it, what to say about it. When Breath Becomes Air is Kalanithi’s memoir about living his last months in lucid, thoughtful reflection. It will inspire you to redefine your own approach to life and death.
In Man’s Search for Meaning, Holocaust survivor and renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl shares his ideas on finding meaning in one’s life. Even in the darkest times, Frankl argues that it is possible to find meaning and to create a purpose-driven life. Frankl offers an insightful theory on finding meaning in any situation, even those as bleak as a Nazi concentration camp. In today’s fast-paced world where it can be difficult to find focus or make time for personal growth, Frankl’s timeless ideas are more relevant than ever. Reading Man’s Search for Meaning is like having your own personal therapist at your fingertips—and it may be just what you need to get through hard times or make major life changes.
Khaled Hosseini’s powerful first novel will grab you and not let go. Set in post-Taliban Afghanistan, it tells a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, violence and redemption—all embedded in a captivating tale that unfolds against a richly imagined cultural backdrop. It’s hard to read The Kite Runner without gaining new insight into Islam, the Middle East and life itself. This book is frequently assigned reading for senior English classes at high schools across America—and for good reason. It’s an epic tale that demonstrates an incredible grasp of human nature: it is truly one of a kind.
10) The Kite Runner
Many consider The Kite Runner to be one of Khalafalla’s best novels. A semi-autobiographical work, it follows Amir from his happy childhood in Kabul to his experiences as a man living in America. Most notably, however, it follows him after he returns to Afghanistan and finds himself unable to help a friend as needed. Whether or not you’ve read any other Khalafalla works, The Kite Runner is an easy choice for your next read. It’s been adapted into both a graphic novel and movie (the latter starring Omar Homayouni). It also won numerous awards including the 2007 Pultizer Prize for Fiction and British Book Awards Book of Year in 2004.
There are so many great books with amazing characters and plots. I could never pick just ten. But here are some of the ones that have resonated with me and stuck with me.
When you think of the greatest books of all time, classics like The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice probably come to mind. But there are also some modern classics that are just as good, if not better, than the classics. These are books that have stood the test of time, and have become modern classics. Some of these books are even required reading in high school and college literature classes.
The books I read when I was a teenager shaped the person I am today. They gave me a foundation of knowledge and a passion for storytelling. They introduced me to new genres, authors, and styles of writing. The books I read as an adult have expanded my world and enriched my life.