100 Greatest Novels of All Time

 

Some wise man once rightly said, “Books are a man’s best friend,” for there is no better escape than a good book and a cup of coffee. Reading is one of the most pleasurable indulgences which humans have created. Fiction, adventure, comedy, romance and other emotions come alive with the help of a sentence written by someone a stranger far away, perhaps dead for a century now.

 

The Lord Of The Rings

This is a series of books about the world of Middle Earth, magical and mysterious with a vast number of imaginary creatures and armies with sides good and bad. This is the most popular book series on mysterious creatures and still continues to be a franchise for generations of fans. The books were first published in 1954.

Read it For:
Contrary to popular belief, this book is not overrated. The plot keeps the reader hooked to the very last page.
Don't Read it For:
You can really enjoy magic and fiction in this book. For readers who enjoy creative fiction writing only.
What makes this book stand out?:
The books have a world of their own in them which makes you wonder how creative the writer must have been to have written this book.

To Kill A Mockingbird

The story is set in Alabama in the 1930s. Atticus Finch is a defense attorney for an innocent black man. He has to win a case despite the man’s color, in the America when the white men controlled everything

Read it For:
The book has moral values it teaches to its readers. That makes it noteworthy.
Don't Read it For:
The children in the book appear to be too mature for their age, which is a bit unrealistic.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has apparently moved millions of readers despite the author herself insisting it is a simple story of love

The Home and the World

Written by the first Indian Nobel prize winner for literature, this is a simple love story where Bimala is stuck in a love triangle between her husband Nikhil, a landlord and Sandip, a rebellious leader. The story itself is set in 1908 India, still under the control of princes and British colonizers.

Read it For:
The author, Tagore, is one of the highly respected authors of our country and after reading this, you will know why. The story is also good as it applies to even some of today’s situations.
Don't Read it For:
There aren’t any major reasons not to read this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This combination of a story appeals to many people. It also expresses the situation of life at that time in India.

The Kite Runner

Kite Runner is a story on the unconventional friendship between Amir, the son of a rich merchant and Hazara, a poor servant’s son set in Afghanistan when it was still in control by a monarchy which was falling apart. In that situation, this story is set.

Read it For:
A story on friendship along with the history of the Afghan monarchy at the time.
Don't Read it For:
The predictability of the story which makes it so appealing and likable. On one end, the story is kind of obvious.
What makes this book stand out?:
it has a wide range of opinions but all can agree that the story was moving, even if it was predictable all readers would enjoy reading it in their own way.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

An enjoyable science fiction book. Arthur Dent is taken off planet Earth by Ford Prefect, his friend right before it is destroyed to make way for a freeway for the galaxy. You get to go through space in this novel.

Read it For:
This fun book on space travel and adventures through the galaxy.
Don't Read it For:
There are probably better science fiction books out there than this. It is still enjoyable.
What makes this book stand out?:
Enjoying it in its simplicity.

Midnight’s Children

Story of Saleem Sinai who was born in the midnight of India’s independence. The story is set during Partition and is a fictional work with various characters along with the narrator being unreliable in this book.

Read it For:
There are a lot of pointers in this book that it is quite difficult to summarize. The storytelling makes it a worthy read.
Don't Read it For:
reasons unknown. Almost everybody enjoys this book exceptionally.
What makes this book stand out?:
being controversial because it addressed the topic of the partition of India.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

George Smiley is given the responsibility of finding the double agent working in British Intelligence, who has access to important documents and files leading to failure of operations and the removal of secure communications. Once George finds the Soviet spy, he must be destroyed.

Read it For:
A modern spy classic book.
Don't Read it For:
There are many positive reviews in this book. Not many let downs.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a thrilling book on the world of espionage.

Cold Comfort Farm

This is a humorous book on the rural Brit life during the early days of the 1930s. The story is about Flora Poste, who moves to the countryside and wants to set things straight.

Read it For:
The major reason for it being a funny novel
Don't Read it For:
Some ridiculous features of the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has a comfortable and funny feel to it.

Memoirs of a Geisha

A geisha is a woman trained to please men the best way possible. This book takes us through the personal fictional account of the geisha and the process of being one.

Read it For:
Learning along with enjoying a good story of Japanese culture.
Don't Read it For:
Being stereotypical and clichéd.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a highly rated novel for the story of the girl – Chiyo and her sister Satsu

The Great Gatsby

the Great Gatsby is a story about a mysteriously successful businessman Gatsby who is the neighbor of a stockbroker, the person from whose perspective this book is written. It takes us through the story of Gatsby and his love, along with the story of his sudden uprising and success.

Read it For:
The book is very well written from the point of view of Gatsby’s neighbor. The story itself is quite interesting which makes the movie all the more enjoyable too.
Don't Read it For:
There are no cons to this book. The uniqueness of the story and how it keeps you interested until the very end is one of the reasons it is highly rated.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel is really entertaining.

The Color Purple

Celie is a young black girl in America. This book is the story of her life from being raped and having her children taken away from her to meeting Shug Avery who is an ideal free woman.

Read it For:
This story of survival and living through scarring and life-changing events.
Don't Read it For:
the language might be a bit insensitive to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is quite successful and for the story alone.

The Help

This great book is about three women who show the life of being a black maid in the 1960s. Aibileen, the black maid who lost her own child, Minny, her best friend who cooks very well and Skeeter who returns after graduating college.

Read it For:
The story and the writing style of the author.
Don't Read it For:
Stereotyping of the characters and situations.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story is enjoyable, and people have highly rated it because of it.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Story is about a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She works in the house of the Commander, and everything that was a good and perfect life was taken away from her. Her only hope of survival is to be able to carry a child in a time when there are declining numbers of viable and fertile women.

Read it For:
A book that can change your views on life itself. There are a lot of emotions that run to and fro in this book that can have you fluctuating too.
Don't Read it For:
there are no major disappointments in this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an eye-opener to many, and it makes you feel emotions all throughout the way.

The Tale of Genji

It is a Japanese novel and might be the very first novel of the world (written in the 11th century). This is a love story and describes the life of Japan from the 10th to 11th century through 54 chapters.

Read it For:
Enjoying Japanese literature, as it is one of the greatest novels not just for being one of the first ones. It is an epic book.
Don't Read it For:
For Genji as a character and if you do not like Japanese literature.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is amazing for the time when it was written.

The Golden Notebook

Anna, a writer, has four separate notebooks for different types of events in her life. A black book for her experiences in Africa, a red book for her life in politics, a yellow one where she has written a novel and blue book which is her personal book. She falls in love and is also driven to insanity, and finally decides to compile the four books into one – The Golden Notebook.

Read it For:
The four books are like the four parts of a person’s life and suddenly the protagonist decides to combine them. All four parts answer so many questions of life.
Don't Read it For:
It is a book for higher questions and thoughts.
What makes this book stand out?:
Addressing major issues and being a classic book for feminists out there.

Eugene Onegin

This Russian book is set in the 1820s, around the life of Onegin, Lensky, and Pushkin along with the three women, Tatyana, Olga, and Other characters are also present in this book, and they all speak on social and philosophical issues in that era.

Read it For:
The fact that this is one of the most popular Russian books. It has something for all readers and is written by a prominent poet himself.
Don't Read it For:
You will enjoy literature in this book. Must read
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is unique for the verses of the author who is also a poet. They are old but are quite intense and a literary treat.

On the Road

The title tells you a bit about the book. Jack accounts his time traveling North America with Neal Cassady, his friend and the things he learned during his travel which gave him the experience to write this book.

Read it For:
The traveling account of Jack through America and Mexico and his different writing style which takes in the details of the places he visited and more.
Don't Read it For:
The book is one-sided, and that side doesn’t really agree with many readers. He is mostly describing himself in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a travel book and account of the author. He sees places and meets people and has a small description of each event like that.

The Three Musketeers

One of the most popular stories in the world, it is about three musketeers Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. Set in France in the 1620s, the classic takes you on adventures of the three musketeers while in service of the then King Louis XVIII.

Read it For:
The story of chivalry and friendship which is shown here by the bond that the Musketeers have with each other. That is just a highlight of this book. You will enjoy the tales of their adventures too.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t enjoy classics, this is not for you. Plus it has some drama in it too. Some other features are prevalent that don’t appeal to the readers of today. As a book itself, it is great and highly rated for a good reason.
What makes this book stand out?:
For being consistently timeless throughout these years.

Germinal

Germinal is the 13th book in a twenty part series Rougon- Macquart by Emile Zola. Etienne Lantier works in Le Voreux mine because he cannot find work anywhere else. There, upon realizing that the working conditions are inhuman for his co-workers, he decides to rebel against it. It is one last stand for all of them.

Read it For:
The book, as a whole, comes highly reviewed and rated by readers. It is a detailed story of the living conditions of miners working at that time, and the rebellion led by Etienne so that they fight for what they believe in and what they deserve
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t have an interest in history along with a twist of a story, then you won’t enjoy this.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being detailed and realistic to the time period of the story.

The Plague

In this novel, Camus tells the tale of the people of Oran, who was happy and joyful in their lives until they are hit by the plague. The disease spreads throughout the city, and there is no way of escaping. Only surviving through it.

Read it For:
The disease addresses death and suffering. You have to choose whether you want to live and how you want to live your life today
Don't Read it For:
You have something to learn from this book. That is how to live and the fact that you can choose how you wish to live your life, ignorant and blissful like the people of Oran or accept and grateful to the gifts of life that you have now.
What makes this book stand out?:
It makes the reader question higher issues like life and death, how to live our lives etc.

The Name Of The Rose

Brother William of Baskerville investigates the suspected heresy in a rich abbey of Italy in the year of 1327. William turns into a detective with the mixed skills of different remarkable characters to unearth the truth.

Read it For:
The mystery set in medieval times alone is a highlight of this book. Apart from that, you also have the main character William and his skills to solve the case surrounding the events of the abbey in Italy.
Don't Read it For:
The plot is variable not that as good as the description.
What makes this book stand out?:
The mystery that takes us throughout the book along with Brother William who solves it.

The Interpretation of Murder

A murder mystery where the killer is hunting the richest heiresses in Manhattan. Sigmund Freud is compelled on finding this killer as the author takes us through all parts of Manhattan on the search for him.

Read it For:
The murder mystery in itself is a reason to read this book. Apart from that, you also have the hunt for this killer which is descriptive.
Don't Read it For:
Some loopholes in the book will leave you confused.
What makes this book stand out?:
Being a great story. The book is great as it leads to the predictable yet craving capture of the killer by Freud and Jung. Enjoy this book for all it is.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Jean- Baptiste Grenouille is born with the gift of smell, where he can detect the faintest of smells. So he becomes a perfumer by working as an apprentice to various veteran perfumers before making his own fragrances. It goes up to the extent where he is determined by extracting the perfume of a beautiful virgin.

Read it For:
The description of Grenouille and his obsession with perfumes that is simply captivating.
Don't Read it For:
The book has too much violence, which may be disturbing for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
Everything in this book is interesting, and the storyline is capturing while also living up to the description given in the back.

The Stranger

An ordinary man is brought into a murder on a beach in Algeria, and it is written in the first person of this man, Monsieur Meursault. Initially, the narrator’s mother dies, and he is a person who lives in the present. This book takes us across the events of his life and his personality.

Read it For:
A short yet interesting story of this man and his everyday life, where he is more keen on living the moment more than anything else.
Don't Read it For:
The odd and boring character of this book along with the length of the book making it surprising.
What makes this book stand out?:
The character is one of a kind. He manages to ignore all emotions, even at a time of being accused of murder.

Wide Sargasso Sea

Published in 1966, the book is about Antoinette Cosway, a Creole heiress who has lived through her youth in Jamaica and has a bad marriage with an Englishman. She is renamed as Bertha by her husband and is declared insane by him. She is left to the limits of the attic of Thornfield Hall.

Read it For:
the continuation of Jane Eyre, of sorts. The main character is the first wife of Rochester.
Don't Read it For:
Without reading Jane Eyre, this book becomes difficult to understand alone.
What makes this book stand out?:
Another great classic book where the woman plays the lead character.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

These are a series of books on the adventures of Alice in the mysterious world called Wonderland where it has all sorts of imaginary creatures like the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Caterpillar and much more. All of them are a part of Alice’s imagination.

Read it For:
The beautiful world created by the girl where she could escape whenever she wanted to. Apart from that, the story takes people on a deeper level. Some parts of it go beyond logic so do not try to interpret. Instead just enjoy it.
Don't Read it For:
The senseless enjoyment where nothing makes sense yet, it is also wonderful.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a one of a kind book, and the story is of a girl who goes off disappearing to her wonderland, an escape from the real world. The second point is a dream for most people today.

Catch-22

This book is set during World War 2 and is the story of Captain Yossarian, a B-25 bombardier. The story goes around the struggles of the captain and his men of the 256th squadron while on the island of Pianosa, trying to keep their minds stable.

Read it For:
The book stands out on being about the war despite being a novel. The author very well describes the events of that time, and the story itself is intense.
Don't Read it For:
The confusion in the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
Its story is fictional, but the author is also able to address the issues of the war in this book.

Jane Eyre

Jane is left orphaned as a child and has the feeling of an outsider her entire life. She is hired to work at Thornfield Hall by Edward Rochester to take care of Adele. She ends up having feelings for Edward.

Read it For:
A classic novel where a woman is the lead character in the book.
Don't Read it For:
The book is before our time. Classics are harder to read because people generally do not relate to the situation of today.
What makes this book stand out?:
Jane the character, her personality that is given in the book, descriptive story and other factors that make it a true novel of before.

Animal Farm

Here is a book that takes on a satirical view of animals living on an Animal Farm in England and rebels against being oppressed by their Captor, the farmer Mr. Jones. The animals play the roles of different types of leaders that we see in leaders of today, i.e., they are personified.

Read it For:
This unique perspective where the author explains socialism through animal politics and oppression.
Don't Read it For:
You shouldn’t ignore this. There aren’t any letdowns here.
What makes this book stand out?:
The method of writing and explaining by the author through the use of animals.

The Trial

The novel is writing in a way that certainly makes us think twice about some of our perceptions. The thought-provoking lot of the story showcases a scenario of a village that is being constantly under the observation of local police, anyone from anywhere can arrest anytime even for the meager mistakes.

Read it For:
The plot and the theme of the story are just enough for anyone to make them want to read this novel. Kafka has certainly raised a concept that is important as well as interesting
Don't Read it For:
The story seems to be a little too slow paced that sometimes make the readers a little bored.
What makes this book stand out?:
For the ultimate fiction fans, the story could be something very different.

Cider with ROSIE

the first edition of the book came in 1959. The book has an intense plot that focuses on the after-effects of World War 1. It describes the unimaginable outcome of the development that was happening after the World War 1. The development has affected the lives of villagers in just so many ways.

Read it For:
the intense scenario has been written in a very flowery way that it is hard to put the book down
Don't Read it For:
If you are not really fond of detailed writings, this is not the one for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
Unlike other novels on those days, Rosie has divided chapters into thematic chapters.

All Quiet On the Western Front

The story revolves around the World War 1. It showcases the war conditions between Germany and France. The author is one among the group of 13 students that get influenced by a teacher’s speech and decides to be a part of the military, but the realization hit them really soon.

Read it For:
The author is severely critical about the damages a war cause to every country that goes through it.
Don't Read it For:
The story anyway fails to impress some of the readers as they acclaimed that the story lost its plots certainly in the few of the pages.
What makes this book stand out?:
Earlier those days the war was romanticized, but unlike every other novel, the author focused on the disastrous effects of war on both life and country.

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

It is always impressive to read about some realistic issue in a literary novel. This work by Anne Tyler showcases something just like that, pearl, the protagonist, after being abandoned by her husband deals with all the ups and downs of life with all of her strength.

Read it For:
It makes us change our perception towards the problem of life.
Don't Read it For:
The plot certainly revolves just around the problems of Pearl which in the end is quite disappointing.
What makes this book stand out?:
The inch of wickedness in between the novel anyhow makes it just different.

Dream of the Red Chamber

the book can be called as Chinese Romeo and Juliet. It has a very good demonstration of the greatest civilizations happening at that time in China. It is a classic Chinese fiction story with very smooth descriptions. It can be said that it is a retelling of mid-18th century,

Read it For:
The detailed novel captures the essence of life and love of a rich Chinese household.
Don't Read it For:
If you really want to know about the Chinese culture and history, this book would not be of any use to you as it is quite dissimilar from the Chinese culture.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book educational and interesting at the same time with a pinch of humor, intense situations and many more.

The Leopard

The story is about a Prince of Salina, Fabrizio, who rules over thousands of people including his family members. It is certainly cannot be categorized as a historical novel. But we can surely say that the plot is all set in history.

Read it For:
the reading gives an exciting image of royalty, opulence, and love.
Don't Read it For:
the plot has way too many characters that make it difficult for the readers to keep everyone in mind.
What makes this book stand out?:
the story is flow, and the sarcasm in between the intense situation makes it much more interesting.

If On A Winter’s Night a Traveller

the book is innovatively written, which offers a different story every time you read. The plot seems just something different from what you’ve been reading since long. It has action, romance , thriller, etc

Read it For:
the book is an absolute experience, the changing plots keep the interest going and going.
Don't Read it For:
the continuous fluctuation of the story makes it a little complex and not so easy to understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
the plot is unique enough to make it stand out from many other books.

Three Men In A Boat

The book is absolute entertainment. It revolves around 3 friends who gather around to share the lows they are facing in life. A boat trip is what they decided as the rejuvenating solution, but they hardly knew that this trip could be no less than trouble itself. Three men in a boat with all the twists and turns does not fail to entertain us at any level, with every changing climatic condition a new problem arises.

Read it For:
So apart from all the adventure and humorous turns the story has an interesting end which makes it a must-read for all.
Don't Read it For:
The plot has more of past incidents than recent incidents.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story has more of a realistic and adventurous plot.

Mobi Dick

Mobi Dick is a book that wouldn’t make you lose your interest at any of point of the book. It is indeed a great classic novel of all time and has a psychological plot as well. It is one of the best picks for the readers of Whaling industry as it certainly provides with a lot of information regarding such industry.

Read it For:
In spite of being an informative book, the plot is fascinating and historic as well.
Don't Read it For:
the language seems to be a hurdle here.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book can be said as a literary treasure, and it does not stop there it has excellent geographical, historical and other interesting turns.

Crash

The book gives an absolute vision of the future in the present. The story is about the narrator’s car crash, after a little while he feels that he is surrounded by a huge of amount of car crasher’s , every next person who narrates his story is a sinner than the previous one.

Read it For:
The novel is a mixture of a lot of genres, it has shocks of violence , aggression and a nice blend of eroticism
Don't Read it For:
the book seems to be a tiring read and has way too many car crash stories.
What makes this book stand out?:
The blend of characters and genres, an easily adaptable novel.

Lolita

its first edition was published and printed long back. Lolita is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.  The story is about a middle-aged professor who falls for his land lady’s 12-year daughter, weird right? Sort of. He secretly calls him Lolita.

Read it For:
The story is an absolute piece of fine art, the plot, the characters; they all just blend into the story perfectly.
Don't Read it For:
The story has a controversial plot, and it could be offending too many.
What makes this book stand out?:
Lolita has extents where it can be very shocking. The fine piece of work is passionate and humorous at the same time.

Under The Volcano

The idea behind the novel is just too interesting to make it counted as the best reads from the 20th century. The book is written in the context of liquor and its effect on a person’s life, health, and relationship. The story has 4 main characters- a British Consul and his wife, a half-brother and his childhood friend.

Read it For:
It is one of the best classic novels and an entirely amazing plot.
Don't Read it For:
after certain pages the story seems to go out of the plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
Apart from being a classic fiction, it has an educational background as well.

Anna Karenina

The author has tried to showcase the lifestyle and society of Old Russian times. It shows a different way of living life. it defines that the emotions , doubts and everything we feel today is not new, it has been coming through a way too long journey to be expressed

Read it For:
The book just defines perfectly the word good literature.
Don't Read it For:
The protagonist of the book is not given a satisfying amount of attention. The story seems to focus less on her and more on others.
What makes this book stand out?:
The length of the novel may make you a little conscious before reading the plot doesn’t make want to leave reading even for a while.

The Sellout

The narrator has been brought up in extremely unusual social conditions, the very first line depicts that he has been a victim of racism as well. He believes that his father’s work would one day make him financially strong but contrary to his beliefs, his father was killed in police encounter and he discovered there was nothing left with him other than livestock.

Read it For:
The book is beautifully written with astonishing depths and imagination at various parts
Don't Read it For:
A lot of cuss words are used by author.
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot is amazingly thought-provoking.

Ebony Tower

Ebony Tower is a novella and has different stories of which is beautifully written and with all the possible imagination. It is an exploration of nature of art; the protagonist is a very fine painter. The plot is more like a debate between the journalist and the painter on facts and fiction.

Read it For:
the Story has profound characterization doing justice to the plot of the story.
Don't Read it For:
The book seems to become quite difficult to get through as we proceed reading it but yet can be a good read.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story has everything from mystery to love. It is indeed a journey through various emotions.

A Brief History Of Seven Killings

The novel leaves you astonished for many days, the characters seem to be appealing to you about their different issue. This beautiful piece of work is worth giving a look. The story revolves around Bob Marley and the assault on his house being the central attention of the story, he is still not the part of the story.

Read it For:
A great exploration journey focusing on exploring the identity.
Don't Read it For:
The writing style is a bit confusing and fails to impress a percentage of its audience
What makes this book stand out?:
An intelligent description of the partial history and the struggles between Jamaica and singers.

The Narrow Road To The Deep North

The novel showcase aftermath of the war, the protagonist, is struggling hard to save as many lives as he can. The plot of the story is no different but has an immensely affect over our thoughts. He receives a letter from a source; a letter is a life-changing event in the protagonist’s life.

Read it For:
the story has an intense plot which moves deeply as we proceed with the story.
Don't Read it For:
the book lacks excitement and the reader may lose interest in the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
a nice factual description of pain and struggles of the war devastated the country.

War And Peace

The book War and Peace is a great representation of the War condition and aftermath of a war that Russia faced. It has given a detailed description of lives of families, considering probably 5, how they entangled their lives after the war.

Read it For:
The book is written beautifully and the detailed description allows to the reader feels every detail sprawled out in the story.
Don't Read it For:
The entire volume has hardly any flaw but the length of the book can be a setback for many.
What makes this book stand out?:
With an intense base plot, the story is equally about love and adultery.

Brave New World

Brave New world is science fiction written long back in context with far future – 2540 AD. The introduction of the books starts with author’s viewpoint regarding the future world mainly about the functioning and how it is going to be to live in such a world.

Read it For:
The book depicts the modern world with an image of utopian society.
Don't Read it For:
The plot isn’t properly convincing but yet it feels amazing to read about future that is written in the past.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is mainly to create awareness among the people to stay concerned about the hazardous effects of technological changes which are constantly happening.

1984

1984 is easily relatable to the dystopian literature. The world was watching the destruction that World War II has created. No place was considered safe; no person felt safe or free, they were all ruled by a gang named Big brother.

Read it For:
One of the classics that explains the fear of life and makes us change our perception towards every difficult situation we’ve ever been in.
Don't Read it For:
The work was somewhat repetitive at many places
What makes this book stand out?:
A vintage classic which states the importance of the right to freedom.

The Catcher In The Rye

the protagonist of the story is a lazy and a secluded boy. The frustrated state of mind of the protagonist makes him take a step and ended up leaving the house and moved to New York City. In his entire journey, he faced prostitutes, drugs, flirtatious middle-aged women, etc. his sister was a great support to him at every level.

Read it For:
The plot has been created in a way that you won’t mind completing the book in one go.
Don't Read it For:
The book has again some repetitive dialogues other than that it is absolutely perfect.
What makes this book stand out?:
The buildup of the story is strong and has a moral in the end.

Wuthering Heights

The book is a saga of love, betrayal, and revenge. Two of the main leads of the story goes through a wind of emotions that eventually destroys them as well as everyone around them.

Read it For:
The author has worked beautifully and has touched the nodes of emotions successfully.
Don't Read it For:
The language becomes a barrier for many
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is an amazing blend of classic literature and a beautifully constructed love story

Great Expectations

A timeless classic that still holds some relevance from the present modern world. With the Dickens’s most memorable characters, he curates a story that is loved by all. A story that has crime and guilt, revenge and punishments, a truly classic tale.

Read it For:
It is a blend of the intense and quirky situation, the book becomes intense at one point and funny on the on the other
Don't Read it For:
The plot seems to be a little fizzled out somewhere in the middle book.
What makes this book stand out?:
A fine classic that eventually builds up a story that has relevant thought-provoking impacts on the readers. Eventually a life guide.

The Importance Of Being Earnest

An extremely worthy read. Every line, every paragraph brings up a new twist. The plot is that two women fall for the same man name Earnest, but is there someone really named as earnest? The suspense is successfully maintained until the end chapters.

Read it For:
The fine thriller will certainly tickle you to not to stop reading even a bit
Don't Read it For:
It would be an okay-ish read and best for one time read.
What makes this book stand out?:
A satire that seems amusing and charming at the same time

The Alchemist

An Andalusian shepherd boy who travels from Spain to the deserts of Egypt in search of some treasure that is buried somewhere in the desert. In his entire journey, the author gives us the example of various lives as inspiration so that we all can believe in our dreams. It is a story of converting dreams into reality.

Read it For:
A piece on inspiring life theories that would a perfect push for anyone.
Don't Read it For:
The fictional plot has not really impressed a lot of readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is highly motivating, extremely captivating at times.

The God Of Small Things

The plot is real and refreshing. The story is just a single piece work beautifully constructed which gives it a look that there are many stories running the novel. It is an amazing story showcasing the estranged twins. A complete paradise for all the classic lovers.

Read it For:
The narrative technique adapted by the author just makes it much more fun to read.
Don't Read it For:
The plot seems to be inappropriately wicked and certainly fails to impress a lot of audiences
What makes this book stand out?:
An incredible story that showcases fraternal twins

Dracula

Another beautiful work of classic. It is mesmerizing and meaningful at the same time, it is written like series of the document, this form is known as an epistolary format. It an absolute classic Dracula tale. Fiction lovers absolutely love this piece.

Read it For:
It is more like a dark fantasy novel; it raises the excitement at every subsequent level.
Don't Read it For:
The language in classic novels just seems a little too problematic.
What makes this book stand out?:
It has an amazing thriller that successfully makes us curious at every level.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

A complete example of classic gothic fiction. This book is a story about a man who turns from pure good soul to an entirely evil person. The story starts with a description of the beauty and charms of the young Dorian gray whose friend painted a portrait of him, where comes the plot changing twist.

Read it For:
An entirely moral promoting classic novel that teaches us certain values of life.
Don't Read it For:
The story feels lengthy, and the characters aren’t justified enough. The end becomes a little predictable after quite a moment.
What makes this book stand out?:
It reaches the depth of emotions which makes it more like a portrait on canvas.

Fahrenheit

The book is divided into 3 parts. The story is set in times when book lovers were not really appreciated, and printed books were burnt in mass. The story is about a fireman, he along with his mates burnt printed books. The protagonist is a book lover and made a collection by stealing from the burning house, he was caught one day and ran to save his life. Meanwhile, he discovers a society having similar interest as his.

Read it For:
The dystopian work is very much engaging and captivating
Don't Read it For:
The plot is a bit weak and the writing is not convincing enough
What makes this book stand out?:
this is one of the most interesting tales on totalitarianism.

Crime And Punishment

The story is around a destitute and desperate student who unwillingly yet knowingly commits a murder in a slum in St. Petersburg. A realization hit him really hard, and the guilt of the murder starts killing him inside successively. A cat and mouse tale starts as the protagonist encounters a suspicious police inspector.

Read it For:
This is a magnificent version of the vintage classic that is not really difficult to understand.
Don't Read it For:
The entire book is a way too descriptive and roaming just around a single crime activity which doesn’t seem captivating at all.
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot is different; the redemption twist for the sin makes it completely different

Dr. Zhivago

the story revolves around a man named Yury Zhivago’s life, who suffers from extreme anguish when his mother passes away while he was young which leaves a perpetual void in his heart. Later, his loving uncle takes him along and raises him. The boy decides to pursue his studies of medicine, from a university in Moscow. While doing that, he falls in love with a woman and marries her later. He meets another lady, while he was on duty and dated her for a brief period of time until he realized that he wasn't fair to his wife. He encounters a lot of women throughout his lifetime, and the story ends when it is clear that a girl named Tanya, was narrating her story.

Read it For:
if you can keep up with a lot of characters, then you will like this book.
Don't Read it For:
the story is quite complex, and it takes a lot of time and understanding to figure out what is going on so if you are a light reader, do not pick this one
What makes this book stand out?:
despite being very multifaceted, this book keeps you hooked, and the revelations at the end will leave you in deep thoughts?

Life and Fate

the book was written in 1960 and is a political fiction largely. It is written from the time of World War 2 and leaves you with a deep sense of empathy at the end of it.it narrates the history of a Shaposhnikov family and the hardships they faced during the time of war. They live on eastern front when Viktor Shtrum (the protagonist), receives a letter from his mother that she is about to get killed by Germans. The lady, however, gets killed while she was on her way to meet another son. Viktor is seen relating every situation of the war to his physics theory. He has solid data on the conditions during the world war, and that is seen throughout the novel.

Read it For:
if you are into the political history of World War 2 and wish to know about it through a writer’s eye, then this is a good read.
Don't Read it For:
the book it generally philosophical and holds a lot of facts, so it is not liked by people who are into story reading.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book is complex but yet very clear with its plot.

A Farewell To Arms

it is about a boy Frederic Henry, who is a young ambulance driver. The story is from the time World War 1. He falls in love with a nurse, Catherine who is engaged to someone. They start exchanging glances, and it becomes obvious that they are attracted. Her fiancé dies, and she mourns over it for a while. Later, Frederic gets incapacitated and hence gets some time to spend with Catherine. Slowly, they start falling for each other. The story is about their struggles to stay together and how they go above and beyond to do so. In the end, Catherine divulges that she is pregnant but the baby is born still, and she dies too.

Read it For:
if you are into love stories and like having different themes and plots to it, then this book is recommended.
Don't Read it For:
This book is much appreciated amongst readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book has various twists and turns with a very sad yet engaging ending.

East of Eden

the book is about a man who shifts to Ireland with his wife. He isn’t wealthy, but he has 9 children anyway. The drama is based on two families, who are neighbors and the deceitful nature of a wife. She flees away at the right time and tries to cut ties with her ex-husband by aborting her child but fails. Later she gives birth to twins but is not interested in raising them up. The neighbored men continue to fight, and in the end, one of their sons dies.

Read it For:
it is an intense novel about love, vengeance, and fate so if you like that kind of theme get yourself a copy.
Don't Read it For:
it is a long elaborated story
What makes this book stand out?:
it is written boldly and is very intriguing.

East of Eden

the book is about a man who shifts to Ireland with his wife. He isn’t wealthy, but he has 9 children anyway. The drama is based on two families, who are neighbors and the deceitful nature of a wife. She flees away at the right time and tries to cut ties with her ex-husband by aborting her child but fails. Later she gives birth to twins but is not interested in raising them up. The neighbored men continue to fight, and in the end, one of their sons dies.

Read it For:
it is an intense novel about love, vengeance, and fate so if you like that kind of theme get yourself a copy.
Don't Read it For:
it is a long elaborated story.
What makes this book stand out?:
it is written boldly and is very intriguing.

London fields

This is a multi-layered funny and complex novel consisting of various tones. The story revolves around a young woman in search of her yet to be killer. The characters of the book are not very discreetly described. Samson Young is the unreliable narrator of this novel and is facing writer’s block. He meets Nicola who is a very dramatic and unusual girl, and things start taking a turn from there. It is known throughout that Nicola will be murdered but there is a terrifying ending to it, and things don’t turn out to be as they were expected.

Read it For:
The story has a very unusually interesting plot and would definitely interest vivid minds.
Don't Read it For:
There is no such reason. The book is widely appreciated.
What makes this book stand out?:
this book is a work of genius and leaves you with a lot of guesses.

One hundred years of solitude

It is the story of an isolated town which has no contact with the outer world, and the people live peacefully. Later, the civil wars start when they try to keep touch with other neighboring towns. The town goes through many phases and portrays various emotions and behavior of humans. The book ends how it started, and the peace of the town is regained after a while.

Read it For:
This book is an emotional roller coaster and how humans don’t realize the things they’ve been doing unconsciously which hurts others.
Don't Read it For:
there is no such reason.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book is written exceptionally well.

Gulliver’s travel

The story is about Gulliver’s adventures. His experiences are separated into four parts. The first part has the story of him when he lands amongst miniatures called Lilliputians and how he helped them to get over their problems. The second part tells the story of Gulliver when he lands amongst giants and feels like a Lilliputian himself. The third part is about when he lands at a floating island, and lastly, he finds himself amongst strange beings like sensibly thinking horses and other figures similar to horses.

Read it For:
the book is very famous amongst young readers, and everyone loved its fantasy world.
Don't Read it For:
there is no reason.
What makes this book stand out?:
the different adventures enlisted in the book makes it very interesting.

My Name Is Red

the book is in sequential order and has a different narrator for every chapter. The book focuses on philosophy and debates about religion. One of the characters, who are murdered in the very beginning, speaks from his spirit world. The book has main characters of miniatures in the Ottoman Empire. The narrator challenges the literary conventions in the most subtle ways.

Read it For:
the book changes the perception of a reader, and the change keeps proceeding with every chapter.
Don't Read it For:
there is no reason
What makes this book stand out?:
the book has different narrators who give distinct qualities and attributes to each and every and this makes it stand out.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

it is a gothic novel by Scottish author, and the story is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John who chooses to investigate the strange encounters of his friend Dr. Jekyll with evil worlds. The instances start occurring after a servant sees Hyde beating up a client and later a police investigation takes place and Hyde vanishes. He later starts behaving strangely which raises many doubts. Later, a serum is revealed in the story which starts distressing the personality of one of the characters.

Read it For:
The book has twists and a much-unexpected ending which makes it worth your while
Don't Read it For:
There is no such reason
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has a very interesting plot and revelations.

The Cairo Trilogy

The trilogy follows the life of a patriarch and his family up to three generations till almost the end of Second World War. They discuss their wisdom about philosophy and how they acquired a degree from the University of Cairo. The theme is very socially progressive, and the questions of faith, love, and other human emotions are mentioned in the book. The book integrates idea both commonly and masterfully citing some of the philosophical theories related to time and human existential crisis.

Read it For:
The book really gets you thinking and gives a new dimension to your perceptions about the topics mentioned.
Don't Read it For:
No such reason.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book is very interesting and thought-provoking

Nausea

Published in 1938 by French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea is considered one of the canonical works on the idea of existentialism. It follows a dejected historian who is convinced about objects and situations limiting his ability to define himself, thus giving him a sense of nausea.

Read it For:
It has a lateral take on the philosophy of existentialism.
Don't Read it For:
Owing to its deeper take on philosophy, some readers may feel alienated from the use of the language in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is considered one of the best works of Sartre. Besides, it laid some of the foundations of modern-day existentialist philosophy.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the time of Cholera is a fairly modern love story for its time. Published in 1985 first in Spanish and then in 1988 in English, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it tells the story of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, Fermina’s arranged marriage to a doctor and her second marriage to Florentino.

Read it For:
Gabriel manages to weave a modern love story set in an antiquated backdrop.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may feel disoriented from the heavy Spanish backdrop if they are unfamiliar with it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It pitches two kinds of love and gives the reader an insight into both, Fermina’s first marriage to Urbino and Florentino’s lifelong love for her.

A life to Die for

A wounded girl is found by someone, brutally beaten and not in the condition to explain things, the only thing she wants is to meet her ‘prince.’ Set in a fictional era and a fictional place, this novel by Nilay Shah is a mystery thriller weaving politics and crime into a sensational plot.

Read it For:
The story starts off exceptionally well, and the general plot is pretty interesting at first glance.
Don't Read it For:
The pace of the story fizzles deeper into the plot, and the author struggles to stick to the main plot with so many things happening.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book manages to arouse the interest of readers in the first half.

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

This book was the debut novel by renowned author Jeffrey Archer. Published in 1976, it is said to have been inspired by the author’s own real-life experience of near bankruptcy as a politician. The power play between two powerful individuals and how even enemies can become friends if their goals align.

Read it For:
It is the ultimate novel of revenge with money as its backdrop. The plot of this exciting novel can only be summed up as, “Don’t get mad, get even!”
Don't Read it For:
It may not be as entertaining to readers who wish for an action thriller.
What makes this book stand out?:
Even though the primary theme is revenge, it has been presented in a light-hearted, upbeat way which leaves the reader in a good mood.

The Savage Detectives

The savage detectives is the story of passionate poets, both men, and women roaming in 1970s Mexico. It is a quasi-autobiographical story of their adventures as they read, write, make love, steal books, and try to get their work published

Read it For:
The presentation of the book is really interesting and keeps the reader hooked throughout its duration.
Don't Read it For:
Some parts of the book dives into the deeper, darker alleys of Mexico with prostitution as part of the plot which may not be suitable for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
Roberto Bolano has a way with words, and he uses that skill to full effect.

The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game is a full-length novel by German author Hermann Hesse, it was coincidentally also his last. The book touches on many different genres throughout the duration of its plot, but a major chunk of the story is on some level, a parody of the biography genre.

Read it For:
The book is an example of bildungsroman, wherein it follows the life of the character from youth to adulthood, where character development is of the essence.
Don't Read it For:
With its attempt to fit in different genres through its biographical plot, the book ends up feeling like a combination of the author’s past work, which may be unappealing.
What makes this book stand out?:
Hesse received a Nobel Prize for literature for the book, which speaks volumes of the book’s literary value.

Tin Drum

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass is set in the Germany of 1920-30s, sitting on the eve of World War 2. It follows the story of an intelligent young boy, Oskar, who sees the crazy world around him and decides to not grow up after his third birthday.

Read it For:
There is a lot of intriguing symbolism within the plot, and it is portrayed beautifully.
Don't Read it For:
It talks about the passive mentality of the people in Nazi Germany at that time, which may be unsettling to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
All said and done, it is a beautiful story about the portrayal of a youngster in denial.

Siddhartha

In this classic novel, Hermann Hesse blends philosophies from the west and the east, with Jungian archetypes thrown in for good measure, into a unique vision of life through the story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off the life of privilege in search of spiritual learning.

Read it For:
The book is so simple in its words; it would leave any reader a little wiser than when they started.
Don't Read it For:
The spiritual theme and philosophical ideas explored in the book may not interest some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a celebrated book by the Nobel prize-winning author.

The House of Mirth

Published in the early years of the 1900s, this novel by Edith Wharton tells the story of Lily Bart, a woman born into an upper-class family. Wharton synthesizes the character of Lily as a remarkably beautiful young lady, who although raised as an upper-class woman is facing dwindling marriage prospects as she grows older, losing her youthful appearance.

Read it For:
The plot is a remarkable one which addresses Lily’s two-year descent from privilege to her lonely existence on the outer margins of society.
Don't Read it For:
The story of Lily is a metaphor for the irresponsible and morally corrupt upper class of the time, and the plot may be depressing to some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The metaphor hinted at through the story is presented outstandingly well through the plot.

Things Fall Apart

It tells the story of a simple man living in an African backdrop. Everything changes when white missionaries set up a base and bring along firepower to control the residents. Being an industrious, hardworking man throughout his life, his inability to adapt may or may not eventually take him to his doom.

Read it For:
An insightful take on life in Africa at the time, and the culture.
Don't Read it For:
The racial overtones in the story may not be suitable for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story has been woven beautifully with great use of language, and the character development is interesting, to say the least.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The hound of the Baskervilles is a tale of an antiquated curse applied in a modern way. This book follows Sherlock Holmes as rationality is pitted against supernatural manifestations.

Read it For:
The telling of the story will surely leave the reader intrigued and wanting for more!
Don't Read it For:
Readers who are not familiar with Sherlock Holmes or detective stories may not enjoy the plot to its fullest.
What makes this book stand out?:
Arthur Conan Doyle’s elegant word placement, which ensures the reader stays hooked to the plot right from the start to the last page of the book!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This classic novel by author Mark Twain was first published in 1884 in the UK and then a year later in 1885. It follows the story of a young boy named Huckleberry Finn who runs away from home and his adventures with a friend he makes along the way.

Read it For:
The book shines in its colorful description of characters and places such as the Mississippi River, where the story is set.
Don't Read it For:
The book has often come under fire for its racial stereotypes and its frequent use of the racial slur “nigger.”
What makes this book stand out?:
It is considered and name as one of the Great American Novels and among the first major American books that are written completely in vernacular English.

Les Misérables

Les Miserables is a historical novel set in the backdrop of historical France. It follows the lives and interpersonal interactions of several characters throughout its plot, commencing in 1815 and ending with the June Rebellion of 1832 in Paris

Read it For:
The author elaborates upon several aspects of the history of France, along with other topics such as moral philosophy, anti-monarchism, justice, love, and religion.
Don't Read it For:
The language in the book may seem all over the place for readers who prefer stories with a single main plot.
What makes this book stand out?:
Les Miserables is considered to be one of the greatest novels of all time for its main thread that revolves around the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes a good man who cannot escape from his past.

Lord Jim

Lord Jim is a story of Jim, a British seaman, and part of the crew of a passenger ship. He is publicly censured for abandoning the ship when it is in distress. The novel follows his attempts at coming to terms with his past. It was published as a serial before its eventual novelization.

Read it For:
The portrayal of Jim and the trials and tribulations he goes through, his emotional trauma and the haunting of the past has been presented really well.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers may find it hard to connect with the characters in the story.
What makes this book stand out?:
Joseph Conrad builds a stunning story with words, wrought with the pain and the past in Jim’s life.

Tristram Shandy

The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, gentleman, or simply called Tristam Shandy, is a novel by author Laurence Sterne. The book is professedly the narration of Tristam’s own narration of his life story. It is one of the apparent jokes in the novel about Tristam’s inability to stay on a plot, as he is often seen diverging during narration to subplots to add context and color to his tale.

Read it For:
The autobiographical theme along with the interesting tale of Tristam makes it for an amusing read.
Don't Read it For:
The plot progression may seem too slow for some readers, and the presence of multiple subplots may seem like the story is all over the place.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author pours a lot of his own understanding of philosophy and metaphysics into Tristam.

The War of Worlds

A gripping science fiction, the story stands out as one of its kinds. It talks about a Martian attack on England in a time before the man could even contemplate flying. The ensuing war between the aliens and humans brings out the uniqueness of mankind leading them to win this war.

Read it For:
Set in a time which was not advanced scientifically, the book should be read for the author’s profound imagination.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t enjoy stellar wars and science adorned literature, the book isn’t for you
What makes this book stand out?:
The author’s imagination and a surprising conclusion that makes us feel good about us to believe in mankind.

David Copperfield

Another classic by Dickens, this novel is the story of a young boy by the name, describing his life tales as he encounters different people in different aspects. Dotted with a lot of characters, the story stands out as warm and ends well for everyone eventually.

Read it For:
The character development and human personalities exhibited in the book are worth reading.
Don't Read it For:
The book can come off as slow paced and predictive for some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The literary brilliance that Dickens is, clearly depicted in the story. With the warmth of humans and relatable situations, the book appeals to the reader and is the reason for being a classic even today.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe is an adventure fiction of a young rebellious son who sets out to sail against his parents’ wishes of pursuing a career in law. It is a story dotted with the adventure of the narrator in different parts of the world and is believed to be a travelogue of the author’s real-life incidents.

Read it For:
the book is considered to be timeless in a sense that the incidents happening with Crusoe would be dealt with in the same manner today. The 18th-century writing style does stand out brilliantly.
Don't Read it For:
The language and the manner of writing of the author can be considered a negative for the readers today.
What makes this book stand out?:
The rich details that the author puts forth as you read is mystifying. Differences of two different worlds and the rebel spirit for adventure stand out in the novel.

Pride and Prejudice

One of Jane Austen’s most popular novels, Pride and Prejudice is a historical romance pointing out the pride of Mr. Darcy and prejudice of Elizabeth Bennet as they both find themselves falling for each other in spite of their differences.

Read it For:
The book is a flawless fiction tale of romance playing with the two highly contrasting characters of both the leads dotted with the terms of the social convention.
Don't Read it For:
There is hardly any reason to not read this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The novel shows the most beautiful kind of romance between a father and a daughter.

Mrs. Dalloway

Mrs. Dalloway is the story of a woman who goes by the same name, Clarissa Dalloway and a tale of the day in her life. The day starts with her preparing for a party but is dotted with the suicide of a young guy she hasn't met.

Read it For:
The book brings out the author’s mind-blowing style of reading through people’s mind as it plays around the outwardly shallow reality with darker deeper depths inside.
Don't Read it For:
The book has been said to disrupt convention and similar to her other novels employing the same disruptive techniques.
What makes this book stand out?:
The literary advances the author uses and puts through her amazing grip on understanding the human nature in matters of life and death

Kafka on the Shore

A story of a teenage boy by the name Kafka Tamura and an aging old Nakata, the novel is a one of Murakami’s another brilliant tales dealing with human aspects driven by circumstances and the conflict against them.

Read it For:
An addictive tale, it cohesively brings together the domestic war of the teenage boy with the wartime afflictions of Nakata putting it hard to put the book down.
Don't Read it For:
The plotline is a dream of talking cats, and if you don’t like or are scared of them, the book isn’t for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
the way the books starts with different beginnings, and their convergence by the end by unfolding an entirely different world of magical realism riddled with reality is something to read!

Heart of Darkness

A psychological fiction tale set in the Congo region of Africa, the novel is a narration of Charles Marlow of his adventure by the river and the meeting and his fascination by a Mr. Kurtz.

Read it For:
The story is a classic blend of adventure with hints of psychology and character developing that makes it Conrad’s most enigmatic tale.
Don't Read it For:
The book has been criticized for its racist point of view of the author via the main character Marlow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The literary prose style that the author employs to bring together mystery, adventure, and human psychology.

The Portrait of a Lady

A 19th-century classic fiction, the book is considered to be the finest of its  author. A tale of a spirited young woman Isabel Archer, the novel points out the differences in the New and the Old world in human aspects

Read it For:
It is recommended for the overwhelming sense of thought the novel sets. The reader is raised with questions as the leading lady confronts and deals with her destiny.
Don't Read it For:
The novel is a popularly long and a little exhausting of a read.
What makes this book stand out?:
The beautiful way the author handles the differences between two worlds in terms of human freedom, responsibility, and betrayal is simply breathtaking.

Middlemarch

Middlemarch is a European classic set in the Victorian era which about the story of a girl Dorothea Brooks in the town of Middlemarch. While she sets high hopes for life, the story sets before her circumstances which don’t help to achieve all her noble deeds.

Read it For:
It should be ready for the 19th-century ornate literature style that the author employs throughout the book.
Don't Read it For:
The book is deemed as boring by some readers, but some also say that it is extremely thought-provoking. The failure to not be able to do something you want grips the reader annoyingly.
What makes this book stand out?:
its ornate language and the author's style of un-wrapping the layers of each character one by one.

Clockwork Orange

This is a science fiction set in the dystopian background telling the story of Alex in an author’s nightmarish version of future when the criminals take over the world after dark.

Read it For:
The story makes both good and bad go hand in hand while developing the plot.
Don't Read it For:
It beautifully but terrifyingly captures the gist in the reader’s minds, which raises some controversial questions. It is also said to be stand out in its ultra-violent style
What makes this book stand out?:
the gripping way the author develops the plot with dark undertones to finally have a grasp on the concept of what human freedom actually is.

Ulysses

This is one of European literature’s outstanding novel that is considered way above life. The novel is a roller coaster ride about the difficulty in interpreting the characters, obscenity, with amazing use of the language.

Read it For:
Read it for the sheer genius that the book is.
Don't Read it For:
The book is considered to be difficult for most of the readers. You will want to read it at least three times before you start understanding it.
What makes this book stand out?:
its deep classical and literary references that deem the reader the educated on if he/she grasps the gist.

Wild Sheep Chase

This contemporary fantasy fiction is the tale of a twenty-something advertising executive who goes on a journey to find a mythological sheep and confronts his own deep demons in the process.

Read it For:
One of Murakami’s international bestseller, this book is a classic blend of mystery and mythology.
Don't Read it For:
There doesn't seem any reason as to why one wouldn't be reading this book. But the book is the third part of a 3 book series so you might want to read the first two.
What makes this book stand out?:
the marvelous writing of the author that not only launched his caliber but for its captivating and quirky storyline.

Dog Years

Dog Years is the third book in a three book series dealing with the story and lives of two friends in the pre and the post-war period in Germany through an apocalyptic period.

Read it For:
The author weaves an intricate storyline which keeps the reader turning the pages for more.
Don't Read it For:
The book explicitly mentions the aftermath of war and comes off as a little inappropriate for children. It is also the longest novel in the series.
What makes this book stand out?:
A distinct feature of Gunter Grass is the chaotic yet informative writing style. He recreates the same in Dog Years, dealing with several ideas, accumulating symbolism, and historical references.

Frankenstein

This horror, science fiction gothic fantasy novel is the story of a science student, Victor Frankenstein, who stumbles upon an amazing discovery of science only to discover its horrors later.

Read it For:
It is highly recommended for a profound nature that the reader gets set in after turning the last page.
Don't Read it For:
It does raise some disturbing questions and changes our understanding of science in a terrifying way.
What makes this book stand out?:
The brilliant style of the writer to put both the sides of the coin of science before the readers and compelling them to think.

Atonement

In this historical romance fiction set in the period starting before the World war II, Atonement is a book written in 3 parts each with a different perspective of the characters. It is a story of a 13-year-old girl living in the year 1934, Briony Tallis’s conflict with trying to understand the adult world and its motives.

Read it For:
This novel has a compelling storyline which defines, love as adults, the war in terms of growing up and guilt and forgiveness.
Don't Read it For:
Some of the parts of the novel have been deemed as inappropriate for children because of the sexual content in it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It stands out for the brilliant portrayal the author puts of children with their own wars as they grow up.

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