Books open doors in our minds, allowing us to live an entire lifetime and travel the world without even leaving the comfort of our chairs. When we read a book, we step into someone else’s shoes, see the world through someone else’s eyes, and visit places we might never otherwise go. Books teach us about love, heartbreak, friendship, war, social injustice, and the resilience of the human spirit. 

The greatest books are defined as classics for a reason. Written by the greatest literary minds of their time, they have universal themes, characters, experiences, emotions, and perspectives that are still relevant today. Some of them are the very inspiration from which entire modern genres of literary fiction have sprung up from. If you love reading, here’s a perfect reading list for you. Even if you aren’t so much into reading,

Here are some books you should read at least once in your life.

Never let me go

Written by the Kazuo Ishiguro

Why I Love This Novel. Never Let Me Go is outstanding in almost every way, a riveting and thought-provoking read from beginning to end that works as coming-of-age, as dystopian science fiction, and as dread-inducing horror. It also works beautifully as a literary novel.

The Alchemist 

Written by the Paulo Coelho

It focuses on the individual and the pursuit of individual dreams as making a positive contribution to the “Soul of the World”. It shows that obstacles to one's personal legend are merely obstacles, not blockades. It challenges you to think about your own personal legend. It explores the meaning of “living the dream”.

The Power of Moments 

Written by the Dan Heath, Chip Heath

Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

Forty Rules of Love 

Written by the Elif Shafak

The Forty Rules of Love is a novel written by Turkish author Elif Shafak, The book was published in March 2009. It is about Maulana Jalal-Ud-Din, known as Rumi, and his companion Shams Tabrizi. This book explains how Shams transformed a scholar into a Sufi (mystic) through love.

The Hidden Brain

Written by the Shankar Vedantam

The hidden brain is the voice in our ear when we make the most important decisions in our lives but we’re never aware of it. The hidden brain decides whom we fall in love with and whom we hate. It tells us to vote for the white candidate and convict the dark-skinned defendant, to hire the thin woman but pay her less than the man doing the same job. It can direct us to safety when disaster strikes and move us to extraordinary acts of altruism. But it can also be manipulated to turn an ordinary person into a suicide terrorist or a group of bystanders into a mob.

Man's Search For Meaning

Written by the Viktor Frankl

(Frankl, 1984) is a helpful book during such times: it is highly probable that one would find a solution to their depressed feelings if the book is read actively. He descriptively illustrates his personal experiences and observations of minute human changes which infuses hope into the reader.

The Art of Loving 

Written by the Erich Fromm

“Love is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise. If love were only a feeling, there would be no basis for the promise to love each other forever. A feeling comes and it may go. How can I judge that it will stay forever when my act does not involve judgment and decision?” This book shows how love is harder to achieve in the modern world. It helps the reader to understand how love can conquer loneliness and make one a more magnanimous person.

All About Love

Written by the Bell hooks

This book will really set you free, but first, it will ask you to practice deep and honest reflection about how you love and if it really loves at all. Though it can be read like a self-help book, it's written like a memoir and an academic text, with Hooks' distinctly sharp style and analytical approach. She delves into the ways we learn how to love by example, and what happens to those who don't have examples of love in their own lives. She unpacks cultural paradigms and dynamics about relationships, respect, and sex to ultimately forge a path toward love that is a verb, not a noun, that is sacred and true, both on a personal and collective, societal level.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Written by the Mark Manson

Self-help books can be downright painful for a lot of us because they’re usually written in ways that are sappy, sentimental, and honestly cringe-worthy. This book is so perfectly real in that it leaves all that “Eat, Pray, Love” BS at the door. Author Mark Manson doesn’t sugarcoat anything, and his approach is completely counterintuitive to most of the self-help stuff with which we’re typically familiar. He encourages failing, giving up, not believing in oneself, and getting knocked to the ground every once in a while. Why? Because life shouldn’t be about staying positive all the time and pretending everything is okay when the world is spinning and the room is on fire; it’s about accepting that sometimes, even by no fault of our own, life places us in bad spots, and about learning how to properly handle life’s hurdles and rogue waves. Not only is it prolific and incredibly useful, but The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is also an excellent and hilarious read. It’s a page-turner that puts life and all of its magnificent bull shit into a perspective that has helped countless readers live better, more fulfilling lives.