Books are a gateways to different worlds. They offer a glimpse into the mind of the author, and bring about a connection even if you’re separated by culture, tradition, time and even language. A well written book is like having a conversation with the author. What’s more is the atmosphere books conjure up. It’s like dipping into another world for a while. It’s a brilliant habit to have, and books are also capable of teaching some amazing lessons. With all that in mind, here are a list of books that are must reads for various reasons.
- Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
This is book responsible for bringing back Hemingway into the limelight after a brief stump. In very simple language, it tells the story of one old fisherman who is down on his luck, and his struggle to capture a particular swordfish. The descriptions of the sea, the occupation of fishing and the fisherman himself are brilliant. It’s a tale that’s inspiring and powerful.
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach
This is definitely one of the most inspiring things ever written. Simply put, it tells the story of a seagull trying to fly. What’s interesting is that seagulls can barely fly. Their bodies are just not suited for it. It tells the story of one bird’s attempts to find something more important in life than just meaningless squabbles over food. It’s a small book, a novella, and will definitely leave you a better person than you were.
- Who moved my cheese – Spencer Johnson
Change is something that no one can avoid, and is something that is always going to happen. As they say, change is the only constant. In the form of a parable, Spencer Johnson delivers a wonderful story that helps people deal with change. The setting is rather whimsical, with little people, rats and cheese, but the message behind the story is very powerful.
- On the Road – Jack Kerouac
For anyone who’s ever wanted to just forget the world and travel, this book is a bible. Set in 1950s America, this book tells the tale of two men’s cross country trip and the people and experiences they get along the way. It’s semi-autobiographical, and is credited with bringing the Beat Generation into popular consciousness. It’s a must read for anyone who wishes to go on a road trip.
- 1984 – George Orwell
Set in a dystopian world where every move is watched and recorded, this book, interestingly, is a love story. It talks of how one person, who is slightly different from others, tries to deal with his difference in such a world. It makes use of some powerful metaphors, and brilliantly drives the point home. It’s a depressing tale, but we can take solace in the fact that a situation as is described in the book will probably never happen in real life. Another book which is a satire on power is Animal Farm by the same author.