When it comes to finishing a significant book that you know will impact your life, there’s a certain weight and an overpowering excitement. When you read a book that changes your entire outlook on life, it’s a strange and amazing thing. The true page-turners are the works that test your understanding of basic concepts such as family, friendship, love, and fear.
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
This remarkable novel, first published in 1952, depicts a nameless character’s experience growing up in a black community in the South. The themes of racism, loss of innocence, and a hypocritical society are explored in this novel. While written half a century ago, it’s central themes still resonate today.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
This is yet another war movie that will change the way you see the world. Vonnegut introduces Billy Pilgrim, a tale with more fiction than O’Brien’s Vietnam experience. You’ll want to keep this book close to your heart as soon as you finish it.
1984 by George Orwell
Everyone in Oceania, a science-fiction world, is being observed. Winston Smith, who is more than anti-establishment, begins keeping a secret notebook in which he records his rebellious views. This book addresses some of the most pressing concerns that we face today, such as the right to privacy, and is a must-read.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
In The Alchemist, a shepherd boy named Santiago travels around the world in search of a huge and hidden treasure. As the inner treasures of discovering dreams and listening to your heart grow in importance, it becomes evident that the physical treasures become less significant, and that often what you seek so far and wide is often to be found within.
A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking’s seminal treatise on the cosmos is written in a language that almost anybody can understand. Hawking’s emphasis on the creation of everything and everyone will motivate you to think about your place in this huge universe. Prepare for your perspective, as well as your view of the entire universe, to shift.