Maybe movies are better at visual representation of a story, but when it comes to the imagination aspect of the mind, nothing digs as deep as a book. With that in mind, here is the list of Top 15 books you can never put down.
1. The Fault in Our Stars
Let’s start with something heartbreaking. The Fault in our Stars, often abbreviated as TFIOS, is a near genius work of the author John Green. The book revolves around the lives of two teenagers, both of whom are medically diagnosed with cancer of a kind and how their lives are intertwined with each other.
The story takes its reader on a roller coaster ride under the lights of romantic first love and ever shifting emotions. Reading the lives of these two teenagers named Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters keep the reader involved with the story so much that it becomes incredibly tough to keep oneself from reading more. The novel has also been adapted into a motion picture which was well received on the box office as well as by the critics.
2. The Catcher in the Rye
Taking the transition to the classics, the number second on our list is the acclaimed book ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by ‘J. D. Salinger’. J. D. Salinger, the author of the aforementioned book served in World War II. But against the natural instinct to write about war, he wrote about a teenage boy named Holden Caulfield, who is (to put it bluntly) a strange, rebellious person.
The book is talked about with a lot of debate and controversy and so is not everyone’s choice to read. But that is the very reason it makes the book so interesting and hard to put away. The reader gets into the head of the protagonist which makes them want to continue the journey.
Taking some more time in the department of classics, we have Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The story can be categorized under the horror genre and is very popular even though it was first published in the year 1818. Shelley was 18 years old when she started to work on the story and completed the book in an astounding two years of time. Frankenstein is the very earlier work in the genre.
4. The Great Gatsby
In the world of literature, there are so many books with their stories which claim to be the greatest love stories of all time. But this book holds true to that claim. The Great Gatsby written by the brilliant F. Scott Fitzgerald is a story which primarily focuses on the complicated relationship between the protagonist Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.
Daisy Buchanan, being the unlikable character, pulls in the attention of the reader as she provides outlook on the subject that humans are complicated. Even though the book is a love story, it focuses on other things too. One example being it brilliantly portrays how the life of leisure is hollow without meaning in it. The Great Gatsby is definitely a page turner!
5. I’ll Give You the Sun
Bringing the attention back to the modern literature, ‘I’ll give you the sun’ written by ‘Jandy Nelson’ is an incredible tale of a brother and a sister and the love story that plays a part in both of their lives. The book is very well written with amazing word choices. Reading the story feels like reading a poem, delicately handcrafted. Reader cannot help but get emotionally involved in the story and root for the characters in the book which makes it very tough to not want to read further. The story involves plenty of heartbreaks paired with enough humor to keep the reader balanced and the time invested in reading is without a doubt, worth it!
6. The Book Thief
The Book Thief is written by Markus Zusak. It is a beautiful play of words that one needs to have more of. The book has a unique style of writing. The story is narrator by death itself and that is one of the many reasons that keeps the reader by the edge till the end of the story. The story is set during the height of Nazi regime and focuses on the girl named Liesel who lives with her foster parents and a Jewish friend. One can’t help but read the book in a single sitting. Yes! It is that good!
7. Looking for Alaska
Going back to the king of Young Adult fiction – John Green, his debut novel Looking for Alaska is one of the favorite books of many teenagers but surely not limited to teenagers. Looking for Alaska revolves around the protagonist Miles Halter and Alaska Young. It thrives upon the idea of how one person can have a great influence on you. It also deals with grief and love. The book, being divided into two parts namely – BEFORE and AFTER leaves traces of mystery elements making the book more compelling to read. The book was published in the year 2005 and now is in the process of being turned into a Hulu series.
8. The Harry Potter Series
Everyone loves Harry Potter and for a good reason. As good as the movies are, the books engraved with details that haven’t made themselves into movies due to the budget or the time duration restrictions or some other reasons. Needless to say, J. K. Rowling has brilliantly written the books and successfully created a wizarding world where readers can make themselves a part of it. All the characters feel so real and made out of flesh and with there being so many parts to the series, more specifically, SEVEN! readers have so much treasure to consume that one just cannot bring himself/herself to put them down.
9. A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a novel published in the year 2007 and is written by Khaled Hosseini. The story is set in Afghanistan and it depicts lives of two women and how their fates are intertwined with each other. The book is highly emotional and is not recommended for the faint of heart. It portrays the hard situations in Afghanistan and the brutal reality of some of the families living there. It covers hard subjects as women abuse, war crisis and much more. The detail oriented story and the emotional involvement keeps the reader at the edge of his seat not wanting to withdraw himself/herself from the book.
10. The Alchemist
The Alchemist is a novel written by a Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. It was first published in the year 1988. First being published in Portuguese, later it was translated into several other languages and quickly became an International Bestseller. Alchemist follows a young shepherd boy who has a dream about a treasure and sets off his journey to find the treasure. Being a short read, it is compelling to read even for people who are starting to get into habit of reading. The Alchemist is a very interesting novel and the story flows like a water. The author, Paulo Coelho was at first reluctant to sell the rights for the story to be adapted into a movie but later sold it to Warner Bros. in 2003 and were later purchased by Harvey Weinstein.
11. House of night (Series)
House of the night is a series of vampire-themed fantasy novels which might be categorized under the Young Adult genre. The book is written by American author Phyllis Christine Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast. The story keeps readers hooked and is a real page-turner. The books in the series have been on New York Bestseller list for 63 weeks. The story involves the story of a fifteen-year-old teenager, Zoey Redbird. This is a must read for fantasy lovers.
12. One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude is written by a Columbian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The book follows the story of the Buendia family along its seven generations. Its major themes include magic realism, the fluidity of time, solitude, incest among others. One Hundred Years of Solitude lets the reader connect themselves into its core and get involved in the story being told. The book, in its entirety, is a very interesting read and would make you want to read some more every time you decide for a little break.
13. Killing Floor
Love a good mystery? Well, you are in for a great journey. Killing Floor is the debut novel by Lee Child. It tells a story of protagonist named Jack Reacher who is falsely accused of a murder. What involves is a very suspenseful and well-paced adventure which will keep the reader glued to the book. One cannot help but turn one more page every time to get to know what happens next.
14. The Little Prince
The Little Prince is a novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and was published in the early 1943. It is one of the famous work by the author and for a very good reason. The book is a very short read and on a first glance could be mistaken as book only meant for children. But once the reader gets to read and understands the depth of the text, the deeper meaning behind it is realized. The Little Prince tells a story which focuses on the nature of grownups and their inability to observe the really important things which matter. The book is emotional as well as humorous and is well balanced.
15. Fifty Shades Series
Fifty Shades Series is a trilogy written by E. L. James. It follows the relationship as it deepens between a college student Anastasia Steele and a young businessman Christian Grey. The books have an intended audience of adults as it includes highly erotic scenes and BDSM. The story keeps the reader wanting to know more and more as the story unfolds and each secret is revealed. The books have been adapted into movies which are available to watch on the streaming services.