Have you noticed how today there is an extreme lack of physical evidence? For instance, you often hear about things that people have read on the internet, but very rarely do you hear about the information that others have read in books. This is very sad to me, as someone who loves to read, I have read many books in my lifetime. Books of all different types from adventure novels to mysterious whodunnit novels, technical writings on the inner workings of a certain natural event or on how something works, even a couple of romance stories. So, I have comprised a list of 6 books or book series that I believe should be read by anyone who loves to read. Hope you enjoy!
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Not 1, not 2, but 7 books in total, it is a definitely a great way to start our list. One of the most epic stories of all time, The Chronicles of Narnia are about the magical land of Narnia which is full of talking beasts and mythical creatures. This world is seemingly constantly under attack from some evil force, to combat these forces the higher power of the land calls upon human children from our world, to take the place as kings and queens and lead the “people” through the turmoil safely. The Chronicles of Narnia are as follows.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
- Prince Caspian (1951)
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
- The Silver Chair (1953)
- The Horse and His Boy (1954)
- The Magicians Nephew (1955)
- The Last Battle (1956)
2. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A wonderful albeit violent story about a boys (Ponyboy) struggle in a world where all the matters is the gang you are with. Because of his family and friends, also because of the natural way of things in his home town the main character is pulled into a violent and eventually deadly battle between the Greasers gang and the Socs gang. It is a powerful message to children I believe because it shows what can come of singling people out. You know the “shes popular, he’s not” thing that most kids are into in school. Anyway its a great and short story, it really gets the point across without too much delay.
…Stay Gold Ponyboy
3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
Honestly who doesn’t at least know about this illustrious trilogy? About a band of “people” who go on a quest to destroy a magical ring. This ring is the source of power for an all-powerful evil that once threatened the world, and must be destroyed in the evil volcanic fire of Mount Doom, the Centerpiece to the land of the Orcs, Mordor. The Lord of the Rings has been adapted into at least 39 different languages. It has been adapted to film and many other products have spun from the series, from shirts to action figures LOTR took the world by storm, and is still a fan favorite. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is as follows.
- The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
- The Two Towers (1954)
- The Return of the King (1955)
4. The Odyssey by Homer
The Odyssey is one of two major Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other great work also written by Homer. It is ancient, it has been adapted in hundreds of languages and thousands of ways. The story of the Greek king Odysseus king of Ithaca, who travels on a journey to fight the Trojans in the battle of Troy. On his way he angers the Greek god Poseidon the god of the sea and is doomed to wander the seas with his men. After thwarting the Trojans with the Trojan Horse he wanders the seas trying to get back home only to meet a witch that traps him for years on her island, another island where the fruit makes you forget your identity, and even sails against a giant beast that swallows all. All in all its an amazing book, with a wonderful story.
5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code is a detective/mystery novel that follows symbologist Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu after a murder in the Louvre in Paris. The two of them are pulled into a battle between Opus Dei and The Priory of Sion, two religious groups that are battling over the possibility that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus Christ. It is an amazingly suspenseful book that leads the characters down harrowing paths that eventually to a historic discovery.
6. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Everyone knows this one, because of the movies and the fact that it is still going strong Harry Potter has been one of the biggest phenomenons in history. Following the story of a young wizard that has never known of the magic he possesses and of the terrible events that surrounded his mother and fathers deaths. He discovers that he is of magical blood and is whisked off to the magical wizarding world, to attend school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At 7 books it is an impressive set, but definitely worth it. The books differ from the movies in many ways although the general story is still there. In this instance I believe that it is better as a book than a movie. The Harry Potter books are as follows if you didn’t know.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (June 26, 1997) (*titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (July 2, 1998)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (July 8, 1999)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (July 8, 2000)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (June 21, 2003)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 16, 2005)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scheduled for July 21, 2007)
Okay so maybe my list of must see books is a little nerdy, but they are all in my opinion amazing books that really merit the credit that they have been given. There are a lot of books that I didn’t put on the list, that’s because if I started now I don’t think that I would ever finish writing. There are just so many great books out there. So the next time you are bored maybe try to pick up a nice book, there is nothing like getting in bed with a drink or glass of wine and a good book.