The must

It’s not easy recommend a novel to read, also because, given the large number of authors to read, the rest of our lives would not be enough to read them all. But which ones are so special that they are considered gods must-read books in life?

A good book to read has the ability to stick in the reader’s mind in a way that no other book has managed to do before. Good books to read don’t necessarily have to deal with universal themes, or tell an unusual aspect of human experience, we just have to feel them ours. Also because, sometimes, we choose what to read based on the world around us or our past experiences.

5 books to read at least once in a lifetime

With the collaboration of the editorial staff of we selected a short list of books that you absolutely must read at least once in your life. You can consult this list when you have to choose a book to read or are looking for new books to buy.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

A title to be included without a doubt among the must-read books is the Don Quixote of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Written by the Spanish writer in the seventeenth century, Don Quixote is one of the best examples of great parody as well the best-selling novel in history, with over 500 million copies sold all over the world over the years.

The story tells of a man who, bored with his ordinary life as a middle-aged country gentleman, starts reading about chivalry, adventure and all kinds of romantic tales of the Middle Ages. He becomes so obsessed that he decides to become a knight errantbattling imaginary enemies and rescuing imaginary damsels in distress.

He also decides to travel with a “squire”, Sancho Panzaa very realistic and skeptical character, who throughout the novel tries to make his master understand that his adventures are not real.

It is a humorous and satirical book that pokes fun at many things, including the love of honor and chivalry that were so prominent in the Middle Ages.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

When it comes to love storiesyou can hardly find a more beautiful one than Pride and Prejudice. It is one of the essential books to read which has enthralled readers for ages and has been adapted countless times for television and the big screen.

The story is about a man named Mr. Bennet who has been married for many years and has no children. He has five daughters who, as was the custom at the time, are not considered of great value. One day, a stranger, Mr. Darcy, arrives in the village and meets one of his daughters, Elizabeth.

Their meeting is not the most pleasant, as Elizabeth has a prejudice against him, because he is rich and haughty. But when their paths cross again and again, their feelings are strengthened.

It is a timeless novel which talks about love, prejudice, social class and all the other issues that can make love difficult.

JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Many must-see books have since become famous films, but there are very few that can match the notoriety achieved by the Lord of the Rings saga. Thanks to the feature films of Peter Jackson this work has become one of the classics of the small screen loved by millions of fans.

JRR Tolkien wrote this fantasy novel in the thirties which became a cult classic when it was published as a book in the 1950s.

It is the story of a group of people in the Middle Eartha region of the fictional universe created by Tolkien that is under the rule of Sauron, a powerful and evil sorcerer who is trying to take over the whole world. Some heroes, including the innocent and pure Frodo, accompanied by the wizard Gandalf and the dwarf Gimli, try to stop the evil plans of Sauron. Along the way, they encounter an assortment of other creatures and strange characters who are part of this fantasy world.

It is a story that clearly takes inspiration from mythology and fantasy storiesbut it is written very beautifully and with great psychological depth.

The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Another must-read book is without a doubt the Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgeraldone of the best-to-read novels ever that has managed to capture the imagination of millions of readers for nearly 100 years since it was first published on April 10, 1925.

Set in the 1920s, explores the idea of ​​decadence and the difference between appearance and reality, showing how even a seemingly perfect world is not as wonderful as one might believe. It is above all a novel about love focused on failed relationships and the marks they leave in many people’s lives.

Over the years it has been adapted into films and playsbut picking up the book and reading the words written by Francis Scott Fitzgerald is the only way to know the story from its creator’s perspective.

The Diary of Anne Frank: A Classic of Literature

Among the books to read in life can not miss a classic of literature like the Diary of Anne Franka book that has become almost synonymous with the concept of living as if every day were your last.

The book shows the reader what it means live in hidingunder the constant threat of being discovered and killed, but also how the helpless can find ways to retain one’s humanity even in the most dire circumstances.

This novel deals with the difficult daily life of a Jewish teenager during the time Holland was occupied by the Nazis. Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank will in fact be forced to live for more than 2 years a clandestine life in cramped and squalid conditions with all the load of hopes, fears and frustrations that this situation can bring.

Unfortunately, the book does not have a happy ending as on August 4, 1944 the Gestapo arrested the Frank family, and the other Jews in the secret accommodation, and then deported them to concentration camps. Anne Frank died in March 1945shortly before the arrival of the British army.

This is one of the most important testimonies of the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis During the Second World War.

Manuel Marchetti, author
Manuel Marchetti

Co-founder of and passionate about music, books and anime. He sees the project as a chance to try something different from what has been done up to now to better understand the world and contemporary society.

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