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Best Books To Read

We explore the best books to read at least once before you die!

Looking for something interesting to read? We’ve compiled a list of more than 15 recommendations that once you pick it up, putting it down will be very hard!

Reading helps you grow mentally. It is true that one can't express what they feel in words but they can through sentences. Moreover, reading will also help you digest information and synthesize. When you read a book, you absorb the language and the culture.

Here are some of our top recommendations:

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
You have probably seen the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and were wondering how does it compare to the books? It is Harry Potter's 3rd year at Hogwarts and Sirius Black, the convicted murderer, has broken out of Azkaban prison. Read the tragic revelations in this magical adventure on how the boy wizard overcome the obstacles and be enchanted all over again.
2. I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away
This book is an account of an American with his family returning to America, going back to the country that he once called home. He encounters challenges along the way, both personal and cultural. The spiritual character of the book presents a powerful call to find out who we really are in this world. The author offers hope for those who are looking for direction in their lives and can be a point of guidance to people who are lost.

3. Of Mice and Men
This story of 2 friends - George and Lennie, striving to achieve their dream in an environment that will test their friendship to the max. In search of work in California, they find jobs in a ranch where Lennie becomes a victim of his own strength, displaying jealousy, cruelty and misunderstanding that eventually dooms their hopes. This successful novel by John Stenbeck as inspired a broadway play and 3 acclaimed films.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee which is one of the bestsellers in the United States. It is not only a powerful story about life but it's also a beautifully written novel that captures the roots of human behaviour - kindness, cruelty, hatred, humour, innocence. It's a heartbreaking story of how tragedy is often overshadowed by a life of happiness. The book won Harper a 1961 Pulitzer price and spun off an academy award winning film.

5. Moby-Dick or, the Whale
When one hears the name Moby-Dick one is almost guaranteed to recall the great Herman Melville, an author of such classics who one of the most acclaimed writers in history. Amongst the many famous works he has written, Moby-Dick ranks high. Moby-Dick is a story about a white whale, we are told how men chase a beast that they can never see or touch. This epic journey is filled with danger and peril, about the brutality of war and how it changed the world.

6. 1984
The novel is set in a dystopian world, the reason behind its title. In this world, the population is divided into two groups: the citizens and the others. The citizens do not have freedom of speech, they are forced to wear distinctive clothing, the others, the workers, are allowed to speak freely, however, they must stick to their assigned roles and to an assigned location, where they are supposed to follow the instructions of the authorities. All those who have betrayed the government are executed without trial, the others are sent to a camp. These camps are collectively called "bureaucratic institutions" because, the book implies, they are places where people are treated like machines. In this system, there is no place for individuality, no places for the personality. 

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter returns to his home school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry after his summer holiday. J.K. Rowling's story remains complex and enjoyable, as she juggles with Harry's thoughts about death, as well as the fact that he's traveling to his childhood home, and having fun. As the plot twists and turns, so does the character of Harry.

8. The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy. It follows the tale of the three hobbits, Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee as they search for the one ring and destroy the evil One Ring in the process. The Lord of the Rings is noted for its intricate plot and highly imaginative, high-quality artwork. It is also one of the first stories to use "continuity" (where two or more elements of a story are retained in different versions). Tolkien wrote the tale from beginning to end over a period of two years, which makes the writing style somewhat archaic. J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the greatest authors in English history. His stories are known around the world and are considered classics. 

9. The Great Gatsby
There are many great books that focus on the political world of America and other countries around the world. We have some great political novels that allow you to view the world from the point of view of politicians and the point of view of those who want things done in a certain way. In The Great Gatsby, we are able to read the story of a rich young man and also learn about the life of a beautiful woman who is trapped in poverty and wants to escape from it.

10. Pride & Prejudice (Wordsworth Classics)

Jane Austen has written a best-selling novel that has fascinated the minds of every reader since its release. Pride and Prejudice tells of a story revolving around the love between Mr. Darcy and the Princess Elizabeth Bennet. The novel explores all the emotions, motives, and situations that one can face when they fall in love with the right person.Pride and Prejudice have a lot of entertaining moments that can be read from the first page to the last, having a vivid description of the country life and every detail is described in an easy and clear manner. 

11. The Hobbit: Or, There and Back Again

The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy epic written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It tells the story of a wizard named Gandalf, a wizard who had lived among the people of Middle Earth for many years before the war started. When he was attacked by Saruman, Gandalf was forced to leave Middle Earth for many years. While he is gone, Bilbo Baggins finds his way to the Lonely Mountain, where he finds the ring of power that is the key to destroying the Dark Lord Sauron.This book is about how Bilbo Baggins and his friends decide to go on a quest for the ring, but when they get there, they find an even bigger problem, a Gollum who also wants to have the ring. Read the book to find out the rest of the tale and enjoy this timeless classic by Tolkien!

12. Jane Eyre (Wordsworth Classics)

This classic romantic tale was first published in 1847 and has remained one of the most popular books for the past century. A young woman, Jane, move to the country to escape the chaos that her rich and privileged parents are trying to escape from. She arrive at Thornfield Hall where she is hired by Edward Rochester to take care of his child. She falls in love deeply with him. But inside Thornfield Hall, there lies a secret that will provide a tale so terrifying and keep a reader glued to its pages.

13. Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

What makes Animal Farm: A Fairy Story a good book? Well, in the first place, the "serious" novel that it is not just funny in form but also in point of view. George Orwell's story, in all probability, came with an agenda: to expose Soviet propaganda by making people think about what they really are. And who can argue with this fact? The book revolves around a group of farm animals who rebels against their farmer, hoping to establish a society where they can be free and happy. But the rebellion is betrayed and the farm ends up under a dictatorship instead.

14. Gone with the Wind

In Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara has her journey of a lifetime, as she meets several interesting people and ends up marrying Henry Hudson. However, the romance of this novel takes a turn when Scarlett's love life begins to develop. Margaret Mitchell was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. She became famous during World War II, writing a series of novels centered on the exploits of Scarlett O'Hara. After the war, she wrote a number of popular novels about two warring families in the South. The novels include The Help, Gone with the Wind, The House of Mirth, and to name a few. With its portrayal of the strength and survival of a person's soul after death, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind remains a classic book. The result is a tale of the beauty of family and the peace of heart, especially in the face of the challenges of the Civil War. It is a tale of strength and determination.

15. The Kite Runner

"The Kite Runner" is a great book about love and friendship and it will be one of the best novels you will ever read. The story is truly inspiring and teaches us about all kinds of love, especially inspiring about love in the face of adversity. A heartbreaking story about a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servent, set against the backdrop of a country in the process of being destroyed.


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3 reasons why you should start reading a book (if you haven't already!)

The reasons to read a book are manifold. However, for some reason, there is a lot of miscommunication regarding these reasons to read a book. One common notion that bothers me is that it is necessary to read a book just to improve your English. Some even argue that if you do not read, you will never improve. 

There are 3 main reasons to learn English. These reasons are: A great communication with your foreign partners, overcoming illiteracy and to enjoy life.

This is one of the reasons to read a book because it helps you learn the English language and improve your essay writing skills. If you need help, you can approach studycrumb for assistance with writing good essays. When you read it, you are more able to read texts in other languages. And with this skill, you will have an advantage in your career.

We always hear about learning English but sometimes we just forget to look for ways to learn. Therefore, it makes sense to read a book and improve your language skills. It is true that there are online courses but at the end of the day, it is not practical to study online.

1. Learn English from books. In order to learn English, you must read a book so that you can increase your vocabulary. This will allow you to understand how the English language works.

2. You can also learn by watching television or reading. This will help you improve the things you learned from the book. Of course, it will not replace the book.

3. You can also learn by doing the exercises or the drills that the book provides. This is a good way to improve your vocabulary. It also gives you a sense of achievement because you already mastered the things.

Reading is a good way to learn a new language and will give you many benefits in your overall quest for knowledge.

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