Books Everyone should Definitely Read
"There are Books and then there are Amazing Books."
Most of us have a goal to read a particular number of books every year and we all want those to be really good books. After all there are so many books and so little time, so the selection should be definitely top-notch. This will also ensure that you don't hit the dreaded reader's slump. To help you out in selecting amazing books for your 'To-be-read' list we decided to ask Elves which are their must read books. Since our Elves are very well read, you can expect the list to be amazing. Read on to find out.
10 Books Everyone should Definitely Read
1. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
One of the favorite contemporary novels of all time, this is a story of Jude and her twin brother Noahwho are inseparable. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways. The early years are Noah's to tell; the later years are Jude's. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
An amazing story about Love, identity and family, this is a book everyone should definitely read. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This novel has something of a cult following and the quotes from the book are almost everywhere on the internet. It offer its readers a sense of connection, understanding, honesty and many things that are left unspoken. Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
“For you a Thousand times over”
This quote brilliantly sums up the entire book. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
5. Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward
An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing examines the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power – and limitations – of family bonds. This is a story of thirteen years old Jojo who is trying to understand what it means to be a man and his mother Leonie who is in constant conflict with herself and those around her. Jojo meet another boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love. Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America and is a strong candidate for top ten books on our list.
6. The Subtle Art of not giving a f*ck! By Mark Manson
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The book is exquisite, an investigation into the human soul, exploring shallowness, selfishness, morality and flaws of life and being human. It is a deeply moving and inspired novel centering on the defining power of art and is definitely not an easy novel to read with its dark elements. But once you have read it, you shall know it was definitely worth.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A hugely popular classic personified in an equally popular movie. This is a story of Jay Gatsby, a man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach. Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing, and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby---young, handsome, and fabulously rich---always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird is rightly called the book of the Century. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. This regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal and is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The book that shows the ability of books to feed the soul. It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, this is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. The book will leave you teary and emotionally shaken as you go through the last page of this masterpiece. Many books will come and find a place in your bookshelves, but this is the one you will have a place for in your heart.
Did we miss any amazing book you think we should have included in the list. Tell us in comments and we will let the Elves know about it.