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What are 10 fascinating books worth reading according to you?

I have a lot of favourite books, but here I would like to list 10 books that stand out by being fascinating.  What are your favourite reads??

1984 – George Orwell
In 1984, George Orwell warns of the terrifying dangers that man may create for
himself in his quest for a utopian society.  It warns that people might believe that everyone must become slaves to the government in order to have an orderly society, but at the expense of the freedom of the people.

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society. In their efforts, these “men of the mind” hope to demonstrate that a world in which the individual is not free to create is doomed, that civilization cannot exist where men are slave to society and government, and that the destruction of the profit motive leads to the collapse of society. The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is “the role of man’s mind in existence”.

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll
The book tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world (the Woderland of the title) populated by peculiar and anthromorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre, and its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential, especially in the fantasygenre.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England

Roots – Alex Haley
Alex Haley’s Roots is the monumental two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him. By tracing back his own roots, Haley tells the story of 39 million Americans of African descent.

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to the French invasion of Russis, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families

Great expectations – Charles Dickens
Great Expectations is written in the first person from the point of view of the orphan Pip. The novel, like much of Dickens’ work, draws on his experiences of life and people.

The 7 habits of highly effective people – Stephen Covey
Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.

The Monk who sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma
“The monk who sold his Ferrari” is a tale, which provides an approach to living a simple life with greater balance, strength, courage and abundance of joy.  A wonderfully crafted fable, this story tells the extraordinary story of Julian Mantle, a lawyer forced to confront the spiritual crisis of his out-of-balance life.

The God of small things – Arundhati Roy
It is a story about the childhood experiences of a pair of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the “Love Laws” that lay down “who must be loved, and how, and how much”. The book is a description of how the small things in life affect people’s behavior and their lives.

For further discussion here is an interesting link: http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-potentially-life-changing-books

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  1. pkg
    March 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This is an interesting list. I have read many of these. I feel atlas shrugged and roots are definitely worth the top ten in anybody’s list. Not sure about others though.

  2. March 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    You might also try “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. It’s being made into a movie next year, but it’s usually better to read the book first.

  3. March 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Very interesting and eclectic list! Ever read James Joyce’s Ulysses or Finnegan’s Wake?

    • March 30, 2011 at 1:28 am

      Thanks for your suggestions:-). I have not read these 2 books.

  4. March 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Good List. James Joyce is good but he requires some work. What about ” The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss or “See Under: Love” by David Grossman.

    I do read books that don’t have “love” in the title, BTW.

    • March 30, 2011 at 2:51 am

      Thanks:-) I haven’t read history of love either. thanks for the suggestion.

  5. March 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I love Ayn Rand and Jane Austen!

  6. March 31, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve only read one of those books. I feel ashamed! Although four of them are on my list of books to read.

    For me, one of my most favourite classics is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

    • March 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Hi – Those are just some of my favourites which I could recall. Your favourites may differ. I haven’t read The Picture of Dorian Gray.
      Thanks for your comment:-)

  7. Maureen B. Keane
    April 2, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I’m going to suggest one. I recently had to change my favorite ever scifi book to: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. It has so many layers. I was laughing away reading a chapter when I suddenly came upon a few sentences that hinted the book was about something else entirely and then I almost started to cry. Amazing book.

    • April 2, 2011 at 6:45 am

      Hi Maureen, thanks for the suggestion:-)

  8. June 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Hi. I’ve read only 3 out of your selection. P&P, Great Expectations and God of Small Things. If I made a list, P&P would definitely be on it. Although I’m not sure I could make a list of just 10!! My tastes keep changing. So I guess it would be a top ten every year or something!

    • June 12, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Hi Deepa – thanks for your comment:)

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