30 Books Everyone Should Read

catkins-bookshelf-literatureOne of the most common questions young readers ask is: what books should I read? You could recommend literary critic Harold Bloom’s Western Canon — an comprehensive list of the most important and influential books, ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Containing more than 800 works, that list may prove to be a bit intimidating. Fortunately, the editors of Lifehack, dedicated to improving all aspects of your life, have developed a list of the 30 books that everyone should read to increase your LI (literary intelligence):

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. 1984 by George Orwell
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
7. The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
9. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
13. Animal Farm by George Orwell
14. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
15. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
17. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
19. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
20. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
21. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
22. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
23. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
24. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
25. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
26. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
27. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
28. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
30. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Read related posts: 50 Books That Will Change Your Life
The Books That Shaped America
The Books that Influence Us
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For further reading: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/30-books-that-everyone-should-read-least-once-their-lives.html

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