There are plenty of books to read before you die, but everyone has a different opinion of which books make the list. It all depends on what you like to read and what you consider as ‘worthwhile’ literature.
The Color Purple
As one of the books you should read before you die, this one is a must. Celie’s story of abuse and hardship is inspirational to a lot of people.
Plenty of books talk about the eternal struggle between good and evil. But Stephen King creates a struggle that captivates the imagination in several ways.
It’s a tough read for some folks thanks to Melville’s grammar, which was normal at the time. But in terms of the story, this book is one that many should read.
The Sun Also Rises
To some, this book is kind of dull since it follows several individuals who are kind of vapid. But digging deeper into this story gives one a new perspective on what it’s about.
The 1619 Project
Some call this revisionist history, some call it important history. The truth is, it’s about factual history, and it’s something that brings up a subject that we should not forget.
The battle between good and evil is a classic tale that rarely gets old. But McCammon brings to life a new way to tell such a story by incorporating what lies beneath the skin.
Dean Koontz is always good for an entertaining story. Odd Thomas eventually went on as a series, but the initial book about the titular character was interesting enough to keep reading.
Those who have taken an advanced English course are likely to know this story quite well. Despite the dated writing, it’s quite interesting considering that it does bring the Trojan War to life.
The Divine Comedy
All a person needs to do is say the name Dante and a lot of folks will know what they’re talking about. The descent into hell, then purgatory, and finally paradise are interesting concepts to think about.
It’s a fairly simple story, but there’s a lot to it. In all seriousness, grade schoolers can read this book and understand it, while some adults might grasp at the meaning.
As one of the most classic tales of all time, The Hobbit is one that many people should read just to say they did. Tolkien knew how to tell a story, but also knew how to integrate real-life concepts into his fantasy.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
People have tried to cancel this book for their own reasons. The truth is that it’s something that should be read and remembered.
The loss of individuality and personal control is terrifying to a lot of folks. Orwell had a good point to make with this book, which is why people should read it and form their own opinion.
Sure, it’s a kid’s book. But it’s still one of the best tales of life, death, and morality that people can enjoy from cover to cover.
To Kill a Mockingbird
A lot of us read this book in high school because it was assigned. Those of us who remember it fondly are those who tell our peers that they should read it at least once.