When it comes to reading books, whether they be fiction or nonfiction, there are multiple stories to demonstrate that reading can expand one’s perception of the society and the world. People who read are noted to have brains that are more finely tuned when compared to others who indulge in more laid back activities. Therefore, people who want to give their mind a psychological and cognitive edge should pick up the reading habit.
Both for the young, and adults alike, books are an exemplary treasure trove of learning. Books opens the mind to a vast amount of information and research in a relatively short period of time. It is an acknowledged fact that regular readers often display a much more accurate understanding of the way society works and a better judgement of people in general. A research by Mindlab International, a consultancy firm, showed that just 6 minutes of reading helped ease the amount of tension in an individual by slowing down the heart rate and tension in the muscles.
Now that we have touched upon the benefits of reading, here are a few top books you should have alrady read, or should read in the near future:
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – Set in the 1920s, this story has a heady mix of obsession, love, money and ambition in a world that would be set to disappear in the Great Depression
- To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee – This famous novel was published in 1960 and has been a worldwide success with over 40 million copies sold. The theme of the book focuses on racial injustice of a defined place and time. However, it can also be viewed as a book about general right and wrong and kindness and malice.
- On the Road, Jack Kerouac – This book was ultimately published in 1957 and is written in a fast paced style that had a deep connection with the young generation that was largely irritated by the Cold War environment.
- Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen – Olsen’s story collection was published in 1961 and focused on the ways of life of working class women. This book opened a door into an aspect of literature not seen before in America and influenced a number of women authors.
- Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – Great Expectations is a story about the journey of an ambitious orphan from childhood to adult. It reflects Dickens’ style of writing – a fast paced page turner with humorous observations on human nature.
- All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque – Set in World War I, the book gives readers an insight into the trials of German soldiers and civilians of the time.
- War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy – Set in the preceding, during and post years of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, the author accurately documents the crumbling aristocracy both on and off the field, in general society and at home.
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers – This book was first published in 1940 when the author was just 23 years of age. It is the story of a deaf and mute person and the struggles of the various people he comes across.
- Native Son, Richard Wright – First published in 1940, the book is a powerful protest novel that was an exposé on the racial divide and tension in America.
- The Road, Cormac McCarthy – McCarthy, a pulitzer prize winning novelist, writes about a post apocalyptic journey of a father and son duo and their struggle for survival.