Books You Need To Read Before You Die


So after doing my Films To Watch Before You Die post I really wanted to do a book to read before you die list. I love reading, there are so many wonderful books out there that have great stories and ask important questions. These are just a few of mine.

A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens
You can’t escape the influence this books has had on the modern world especially on how Christians is celebrated. Unkind selfish Ebeneezer Scrooge is given a chance of redemption when he is visited by three spirits who show him his past present and future and how his actions have shaped all of them. The spirits attempt to show Scrooge the real meaning of Christmas and how it’s our duty to help those less fortunate than us. This is one of if not my favourite book of all time.

His Dark Materials- Philip Pullman
Though these are often dubbed as children's books, there are so many themes in these three books which means they are must reads for adults too. The series follows a girl named Lyra and her attempts to first save her friend Roger then her journey into other worlds. These books ask questions about religion and it’s influence and free will and what it means to be free.  

The Tin Ring- Zdenka Fantlová
A real story of a woman’s life before and during the holocaust and how the tin ring her fiancĂ©e made for her gave her strength and the courage to survive. This book is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, you will cry just to warn you. 

Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
This is the diary of a young Jewish girl who hid, with her family from the Nazis during the Second World War. The diary details their daily life, their fears and struggles as well as their joys and their laughter. It also gives great insight to a girls going through puberty in the most terrible of circumstances.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time - Mark Haddon
A young boy with Asperger syndrome (though this is never stated, only suggested)  discovers the dead body of a dog in his neighbours garden and sets out to solve the mystery. It is a great look into the lives of those with autism and who struggle with social interactions and situations. The book also beautifully describes the relationship between those with autism and their loved ones.

Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury
In a future where fireman are paid to start fires by burning books as books are believed to be a source of pain and unhappiness. One fireman starts collecting books after meeting a young girl with a passion for life that he has never seen before. The fireman starts to wonder what is in these books and maybe that their is more to the world than the completely materialistic one it has become.

I hope you enjoyed this post. have you read any of these books? What are your book recommendations?

Thanks for reading!

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