These days, with all the modern technologies, virtual reality, computer games, social media, and other things, reading books is not as popular as it used to be when we were younger. However, there is still no denying the fact that books can be incredibly powerful and influential. A well-written book has the unique ability to suck you into its plot and expose you to views you might not have considered. Books can take you to amazing foreign lands; they allow you to travel in time; they let you meet interesting people ranging from fictional superheroes to actual personalities who have shaped the world we live in. Books also have the ability to teach us, entertain us, scare us, even make us laugh or cry. The most powerful books can even change our lives forever. For today’s post, we did a bit of a research and compiled a list of books that might have this power. As we are limited to just 25 items per post, you will probably miss some other books on this list. However, we are pretty positive that reading any of these 25 books will have a great influence on your life. From iconic novels by George Orwell to the Bible, these are 25 life-changing books you need to add to your library.
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For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
One of Hemingway’s best works, For Whom The Bell Tolls is a novel published in 1940. The book tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American dynamiter in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War (1939 – 1939). It explores a number of themes such as death, love, and bigotry.
Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
William Golding’s masterpiece, Lord Of The Flies, is about a group of supposedly well-behaved British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. In the book, Golding deals with the controversial subjects of human nature and individual welfare versus the common good in a remarkable way.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is a novel published in serial installments from 1875 to 1877. Recounting St. Petersburg aristocrat Anna Karenina’s life story, the book masterfully explores a diverse range of topics throughout its approximately thousand pages. A 2007 poll of 125 contemporary authors in Time declared this novel “the greatest book ever written.”
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Written by French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince is a popular 1943 novella and the fourth most-translated book in the world. The book tenderly describes loneliness, friendship, love, and loss experienced by a young prince fallen to Earth.
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
An 1848 political pamphlet by German philosophers Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto is now recognized as one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. It presents a unique analytical approach to the class struggle, the problems of capitalism, and the nature of society and politics.