I like the books I read to give me something to think about, to challenge me intellectually, and determine me to find answers or look for them. That’s why the books I’m about to present to you are my favorite. They have thought me countless lessons.
The Diary of A Young Girl – Anne Frank
This is one of the few books that really speak to you. Each of the pages of this diary reveals the deepest thoughts of the heart of this Jewish young girl, who experiences the terror of the World War II. She articulately analyzes herself, being utterly honest regarding her fears, weaknesses, abilities, and failures. I believe that everyone should read this book, because it can reveal some truth to anyone, being so enlightening.
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This novel written by one of the most remarkable Russian writers is brilliant, for numerous reasons. It presents the story of an intelligent, witty young man, who commits a crime. The theme explored in the novel is that of redemption through suffering. I am personally absorbed by Dostoyevsky’s outstanding comprehension of the human nature, being a master storyteller, as well.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights is my all-time favorite Victorian novel. It is about the passionate love story, which is almost intoxicating and terrifying, between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Still, this isn’t your typical love story, as the bond between the two is monstrous, malicious, self-absorbed and irrational. But it’s the emotional magnitude of the novel that is sweeping. Plus, Bronte’s writing style is absorbing, as well as the role played by the English natural landscapes – the moors, in particular.
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
This novel represents the testament of Paul Baumer – a German young man who becomes part of the army during World War I. He goes to war as an enthusiastic, lively young man, but as soon as he gets into the fight, he realizes the meaninglessness of the war. I would say that this is one of the best pacifist novels ever written, filled with emotion and palpable feelings.
Gone with The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
In my opinion, Gone with The Wind is one of the most emotionally absorbing, engrossing and compelling novels. Not only that Mitchell builds authentic, remarkable characters, but she portrays the civil war, and the American society at that time impeccably. As for the writing, it is authentic and witty – the best combination.
I’d recommend anyone reading these excellent books. They reveal the human nature in its rawest form, and they are engrossing, allowing you to traverse to a different time and place.