I was talking to a friend of mine about a particular topic and I quoted from Wuthering height, just like everyone does, right? He asked what it was and when I told him, he was clueless! The quote was “honest people don’t hide their deeds.” Everyone knows it right?
After further discussions I told him about the 5 books that everyone and anyone should have read, because not reading these books is like saying you’ve never watched superman, batman, Spiderman and likes.
I thought about it a bit longer and I decide to share with you the 5 five books that I think you really have to read, just in case you are like he who shall not be named.
- Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte: It’s really a no brainer why this book is number one on my list. It is easily one of the best classics out there. Apart from being a great source for quotes, the storyline is captivating.
Wuthering height is narrated through Mr. Lockwood’s diary. It follows the life of Heathcliff strange and mysterious gypsy- like person. Heathcliff rises in his adopted family and then is reduced to the position of a mere servant. He runs away when the woman he loves marries another. After a few years, he returns rich educated and out to seek revenge against the two families that he believed ruined his life.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: The novel follows the story of Jane, as she battles through life. She has many obstacles through life – her abusive and cruel aunt Reed, the grim conditions at Lockwood school, Mr. Brocklehurst (the headmaster), her love for Rochester and his marriage to Bertha. She overcomes all the obstacles through determination, courage, will and sharp wit.
- The hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien and Gene Dietch: The hobbit is considered a classic in children’s literature. The story centers around Bilbo Baggins who is the hobbit and has lived a quiet life in Hobbiton until the visit from a wizard named Gandalf and 13 dwarves whose leader is named Thorin Oakanshield. They want him to accompany and help them to bugler the mountains in order to get their wealth back. Not surprisingly the hobbit initially refuses and the dwarves leave without him. He later changes his mind and runs after them and joins their quest.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: this is a novel that requires deep insight. At first glance, it’s seen as a novel about a journey towards love (like every other romance novel out there) but however it also has a lot to say about social class and women during the regency England. It centers on the Bennett family, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kathy and Lydia. It centers between choosing to either marry for love or for economic reasons. None of the girls can inherit their father’s estate, so they are pressured to find security in “good marriages”. Elizabeth the main character struggles with this and refuses Mr. Darcy’s proposal. She later finds out that she’s in love with him and marries him for that.
- 1984 by George Orwel: 1984 tells us futuristic stories of a totalitarian dystopian world were free will and love is forbidden. Can you even imagine if that was the actual case? The main character Winston smith works for the government in place known as the ministry of truth, where his job is to alter the past to change history to how best it suits the government. Though he works for the government he not so secretly hates them……….
Although the year 1984 has long since passed the prophecy of a society controlled by fear and lies is arguably more relevant now than ever before.
So diary people these are my five must-read books. If you haven’t read any of them then you are a dork, but if you have then tell me what you think in the comments.