Top 10 Books You Must Read Before You are 30

1. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Top ten books you must read before you’re 30
This is a book that everyone should read at least once and more than once, if possible. Every student must read this book before deciding on a career. Though Howard Roark, we realize that what is most important is that you should follow your heart – the rest will fall in place.

2. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Any praise or recommendation for this book would be an understatement. Though it is written for kids and sounds like a simple tale, the hidden philosophy of life beneath the simplistic narration of a child, teach new lessons every time you read it. This a book that should be read again and again, so that you do not forget what it means to be a child.

3. Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bacha


This is the best self-help book out there. It is the parable of a seagull who is not happy with the simple life and wants something more. This will teach youngsters to follow their hearts, no matter what everyone else says and make their own rules as they go along.

4. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

This is a story of a unique bond shared by two migrant laborers, George Milton and Lennie Small. This heart rending tale coupled with Steinbeck’s clear prose makes for a lovely read – a book that will touch your soul and leave you emotionally drained.

5. The Diary of a young girl – Anne Frank


A testament of the horrors of holocaust and Nazi Germany written by a thirteen year old girl, this book should be read to serve as a reminder that the human spirit survives despite all odds.

6. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee


This book is a classic that addresses several critical issues such as inequality and racism and yet retains a warmth and humor – a combination that is hard to find. This is based on the authors’ observation regarding her friends and family.

7. Animal Farm – George Orwell


A satire on the Russian Revolution, this book is a gem that everyone should read. This book explains the dynamics of power struggle thorough a powerful allegory of a farm where animals revolt and set up their own rule and get caught up in an even worse situation as they get betrayed by their own leaders.

8. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald


A critique on The American Dream, this book is set in a time immediately after the World War One. This book has earned a place in many university courses and its brilliant plot and story line will not fail to amaze you. The trials and tribulations of a wealthy but modest, Nick Carraway as he is trying to find his place in New York will keep you engrossed till the end.

9. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley


This is a story of a time where science has evolved and everything is possible. Miracles are merely scientific achievements – a book describing a future that seems likely yet unlikely at the same time.

10. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse


This is a narrative of the journey of self-discovery of Siddhartha and it will lead you to contemplate on the meaning and purpose of your life and existence.

 

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