A book lover? Here is the perfect list to keep you company. 10 books written by the greatest literary minds of their time. Very inspirational and open up your mind to many worlds and fill your BookShulf with the perfect collection from novels to insightful guides to science.
Coming in at number 10 is, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak published in 2005.
The Book Thief is a story narrated by a compassionate Death who tells us about Liesel, a girl growing up in Germany during World War II. She steals books, learns to read, and finds comfort in words. She and Max, the Jew her family protects, are the only main characters that survive the war.
Coming in at number 9 is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, published in 1925.
The Great Gatsby is a story told by Nick Carraway, who was once Gatsby’s neighbor, and he tells the story sometime after 1922, when the incidents that fill the book take place. As the story opens, Nick has just moved from the Midwest to West Egg, Long Island, seeking his fortune as a bond salesman.
Coming in at number 8 is Drop The Ball by Tiffany Dufu, published in 2017.
A bold and inspiring memoir and manifesto from a renowned voice in the women’s leadership movement who shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go.
In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others—freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.
Coming in at number 7 is Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg, published in 2015.
Thanks to social media, smartphones and online dating, our abilities to connect with these options are staggering. Yet we also have to face new and absurd dilemmas, such as what to think when someone doesn’t reply to your text but has time to post a photo of a pizza on Instagram. But this transformation of our romantic lives cannot be explained by technology alone. Whereas once most people would find a decent person who probably lived in their neighborhood and marry by the age of 23, today we spend years of our lives on a quest to find our soulmate. While Ansari has long aimed his comedic insight at modern relationships, here he teamed up with award-winning sociologist Eric Klinenberg to research dating cultures from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Paris, crunch the quantitative data and interview some of the world’s leading social scientists.
Coming in at number 6 is Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, published in 1946.
“Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedom- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psycho-therapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome.
Coming in at number 5 is A Short Story of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, published in 2003.
A journey into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer. A Short History of Nearly Everything offers an enlightening summary of contemporary scientific thinking relating to all aspects of life, from the creation of the universe to our relationship with the tiniest of bacteria.
Coming at number 4 is All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, published in 1974.
It began with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington DC, on 17 June 1972. Bob Woodward, a journalist for the Washington Post, was called into the office on a Saturday morning to cover the story. Carl Bernstein, a political reporter on the Post, was also assigned. They soon learned this was no ordinary burglary. Following lead after lead, Woodward and Bernstein picked up a trail of money, conspiracy and high-level pressure that ultimately led to the doors of the Oval Office.
Coming in at number 3 is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, published in 1962.
A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
Coming in at number 2 is A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beath, published in 2007.
A Long Way Gone is the true story of Ishmael Beah, who becomes an unwilling boy soldier during a civil war in Sierra Leone. When he is twelve years old, Beah’s village is attacked while he is away performing in a rap group with friends.
Coming in 1st is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, published in 2000.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is a memoir by magazine editor Dave Eggers. The book tells the story of how Dave’s parents died of cancer within five weeks of each other and left Dave and his siblings custody of their seven year old brother, Toph.September 20, 2019