10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Updated on 4 Apr, 2018 at 8:17 pm


Books listed here on this page of TopYaps have withstood the long passage of time to captivate unnumerable readers across the world. However, with such a wealth of bang-up literature, it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t fire! Go through this list of ten books to read before you die and suggest us if you think that something is missing.

1. The Stand (Stephen King)

It is said that Stephen King has got real problems with sophisticated endings. It’s about 1985, and a deadly plague has struck the world, killing off a lot of the population. But for the survivors, it’s not over yet. For there is an evil that is present. And it will all come down to a battle between the good and the evil. A final stand. Good read!!!



2. The Loved One (Evelyn Waugh)

How brilliant an author can be when he doesn’t give the slightest hoot about any of the characters he breathes life into! “The Loved One” is a brutal read, but those who read it will uncover a fabulous entertainment precisely because of its total lack of sentiment. “The Loved One” derives its title from the only word used to describe the dead at Whispering Glades. The evasive phrase is symbolical of the false view of life which Mr. Waugh finds so utterly repellent.


3. 1984 (George Orwell)

1984 is possibly the definitive dystopian novel, set in a world beyond our imagining. A world where totalitarianism really is total, all power split into three roughly equal groups–Eastasia, Eurasia, and Oceania. The novel follows Winston Smith, an average member of the ruling Party in Oceania trying to make his way through a world which offers little back.


4. A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)

Dicken’s was, without any doubt whatsoever, the finest writer of historical literature/romance fiction of the 19th century. In this book, he presents the story of a rogue who redeems his character by giving his life to the Tyrants that ran the French Revolution in exchange for the life of the husband of the woman he loves.


5. And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)

Throughout the book, Agatha Christie maintains the suspense so that readers want to keep reading. In this book, ten people were invited to Indian Island. When they are all gathered together, there is a recording of each one of the guests. The recording mentions the crime that each person has committed. They are all found guilty.


6. Hamlet (William Shakespeare)


The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, or more simply Hamlet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare and is believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother.


7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

Widely considered one of the greatest American novels ever written The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follow on Mark Twain’s earlier novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book inspired controversy with its rich local color and often scathing examinations of racism. The story of Huckleberry Finn abounds with enduring lessons and images and is one of Mark Twain’s greatest novels.


8. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway opens the novel with this quote from Gertrud Stein. “You are the lost generation” and a passage from Ecclesiastes in which the title “the sun also rises” appears and the view that life goes on even though we individual humans pass What follows is the brilliantly written story of a group of those lost generation folks in the 1920s, ex-pats living in Paris, then visiting Spain.


9. Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)

Anna Karenina, considered by many critics to be Tolstoy’s finest achievement, is one of the most important novels of the nineteenth century. Tolstoy imbues the simple tale of a love affair with rich portraits of Russian high society, politics, and religion. More than a story about the joys and sorrows of human relationships, ‘Anna Karenina’ brings 19th-century upper-class Russia to life.


10. To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)

It needs your time. Give it an hour with no interruptions. Get a bag of pistachios and read. Unplug the phone, turn off the TV. Read and don’t stop. Then you’ll discover the joy of Virginia Woolf — for while her prose is tough, it is haunting, beautiful, and real. This book is at least as many poems as a tale, as much music as prose. It will certainly change your idea about limitations of expression.