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Which books should i read? 30 Must read books of all time!


Unfortunately, the life we have is not long enough to read all the books. And not all books have the quality to devote our time to. Which books should be read?

For book lovers, we have prepared a list of must-read books for you, as a result of our own experiences and research. The most important authors and their books. The most effective books. For those who ask which book should I read, which books should I read, here are 50 must-read books!

While preparing the list of books, we tried to include more historical and proven books than popular novels. Of course there are other books and authors that should be on this list.

You can make the book to be included in the list by commenting together because of the books you believe should be on our list.

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30 must read books

1 Stranger – Albert Camus

Stranger – Albert Camus
Albert Camus Stranger

Despite being labeled as an existential novel, Camus takes issues from a wide range of angles such as politics, philosophy, literature, and religion. In the novel, there is an effort to make sense of the increasingly absurd and soulless events in the life of a murderer.

2 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens a Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities should also be on your must-read book list, especially if you’re curious about world history. Set in Paris and London before the French Revolution, there is a doctor who escaped from the dungeon and a daughter whom he met in London to build a good life again. However, the events in Paris seem to overshadow their plans. London, on the other hand, has bright days compared to Paris.

3 Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club

Let’s get to the end of our compilation of must-read books. Fight Club, also known for a movie starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, focuses radically on the illnesses of modern society. The relentless story of a young man in the consumer world who lives as the system teaches with a young woman who is obsessed. The more you watched the movie and liked it, the more you should hope for the book.

4 Crime And Punishment – Dostoyevsky

Crime And Punishment – Dostoyevsky
Dostoyevsky Crime And Punishment

Crime and Punishment, one of the most striking world classics of all time, is a character that the author pulled out of Russian society and created. Let us cite the subject directly from the presentation: “Former” student Raskolnikov spends penniless days in the narrow room he rented from the “tenant”. Will this creative, intelligent young man of modern times, contemporary science and literature be crushed and crumbled in the dark palm of society that has turned into a reactionary monster? One day, in a cafe where he lives, he overhears the conversations of anarchist-minded young people and comes to his mind with something that will end all his troubles.

5 The old man and the sea – Ernest Hemingway

The old man and the sea – Ernest Hemingway
ernest hemingway the old man and the sea book

Hemingway, the master of short storytelling, seems to have all his talent spoken in this book.

It describes the relentless struggle of an old Cuban fisherman with swordfish while sailing and hunting.

The master pencil Hemingway was able to draw a modern classic from such a story.

6 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

The famous novel, which is an allegory of the jazz age, tells the collapse of the “American Dream” through the sad story of a man who lives a luxurious life.

7 The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis

Transformation is one of the perfect novels based on existentialism. Kafka’s character, Gregor Samsa, wakes up one morning and sees himself as an insect. This insect metaphor offers a discouraging perspective on all social ailments.

8 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez, in his most glamorous work One Hundred Years of Solitude, presents a narrative with reference to his own childhood years, the tale stories told by his grandmother. It tells the story of a cursed big family in a dream town that will become extinct a hundred years later. In this respect, Gabriel García Márquez, one of the greatest representatives of magical realism, fills this understanding properly in his work.

9 1984 – George Orwell

1984 – George Orwell
George Orwell 1984

1984, distopik edebiyatın diğer köşe taşı Cesur Yeni Dünya’dır. Anlatılan çalışmada, Orwell’in romanı 1984 ile baş başa gidiyor, baskıyı gizli bir hareket olarak görüyoruz. Hipnopedi yani uyku eğitim sisteminin istenilen düzeni sağlamak için uygulandığı bir dünyada insanlar makine gibi üretilmektedir. Herkesin uyuşuk bir mutluluğa bırakıldığı ve böylece kimsenin isyan etmediği bu yeni dünyaya bir alternatif de veriliyor.

10 The Kite Runner – Halit Hosseini

The Kite Runner – Halit Hosseini
Halit Hosseini The Kite Runner

The work contains many things that we can learn from the friendship of Emir and Hasan, who grew up together in class differences. Emir is the son of a wealthy businessman and Hasan is the son of a servant father who works for that man. During the Soviet occupation, Emir and his father leave the country, but Emir cannot forget his childhood friend. The work, which tells many notions from childhood to purity, from betrayal to loyalty, from fathers to sons, also gives the destruction of rich lands in the background.

11 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird

The work, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, tells about the racism experienced in America through the eyes of a child’s pure world. Since its publication in 1960, it continues its journey as one of the most talked about and resounding works.

12 Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
hermann hesse siddhartha

The novel does not only tell the story of Siddhartha Gautama, it describes Siddhartha as the supreme Buddha because the main character follows a similar path of enlightenment. Everyone he encounters on his journey, and every event he goes through, makes a valuable contribution to Siddhartha.

13 When Nietzsche Wept – Irvin D. Yalom

When Nietzsche Wept – Irvin D. Yalom
Irvin D. Yalom When Nietzsche Wept

It is one of the author’s most successful works and has been translated into film. The work contains the most important and real names of philosophy, psychoanalysis and medicine: Nietzsche, Freud, Bruer. Of course, Lou Salome, who influenced all three men, is also strikingly processed. The trio’s intellectual and philosophical lives in 19th century Vienna are described under the theme of hopelessness. It is one of the must-read books.

14 The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye

Although it is the first and only novel of the author, it is one of the most talked about modern works until today. It roughly describes the rebellion of an adolescent boy who is not yet grown up in the world of adults. The young boy expelled from school is running from adventure to adventure with his rebellious spirit.

15 Martin Eden – Jack London

Martin Eden – Jack London
Jack London Martin Eden

Jack London, one of the most valuable representatives of contemporary literature with his writings, created an immortal work with Martin Eden. With his passion to be a writer, he confronts all the difficulties and poverty, reads ceaselessly to catch up with the cultural level of the environments he enters into, and then actually witnesses the fraudulent nature of those circles, mostly Jack London himself. The only difference is; While Jack London was a prominent literary figure in working class literature, the Martin Eden character he created is an individualist type and this individualism leads him to a bad end.

16 A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man – James Joyce

A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man – James Joyce
james joyce a portrait of the artist as a young man

This semi-autobiographical novel takes a journey into sexuality, exile, colonialism and aesthetics. The book reflects Joyce’s struggle with himself.

17 Love, Pride Delicacy – Jane Austen

Love, Pride Delicacy – Jane Austen
Jane Austen Love Pride Delicacy

Also translated into film, Pride and Prejudice deals with the conflicted relationship between a country girl and a man from a wealthy family. The young man, who is a landowner and wealthy, treats the country girl with pride, while the girl who grew up in need is prejudiced against her. These economic factors are very effective in the approach of the two to each other. The female character in the novel is one of the most beloved heroines of both the author and indeed all Jane Austen readers.

18 Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck

Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck Of Mice And Men

Nobel ve Pulitzer ödüllü yazarın başyapıtı Fareler ve İnsanlar olarak bilinir. Sırf bu nedenle mutlaka okunması gereken kitaplar listenize dahil edilebilir. İşlerinde sık sık işçi sınıfının örgütlenme koşullarına ve biçimlerine yer veren John Steinbeck, iki gezici çiftçiyle de ilgilenir. Bir dönem çiftçi olarak da çalışan yazarın romanlarındaki karakterlerin oldukça gerçekçi olması biyografik unsurlardan biridir.

19 My Sweet Orange Tree – Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos

My Sweet Orange Tree – Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos
Jose Mauro de Vasconcelos My Sweet Orange Tree

Yazmadan önce pek çok farklı sektörde çalışmış olan yazar, bu kitabı 12 günde yazıyor ama 20 yıllık bir deneyimin ürünü. Biyografik unsurlar içeren çalışma, gerçek hayatı, acıyı öğrenen bir çocuğun üzücü hikayesidir.

20 One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest – Ken Kesey

One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest – Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest

Kesey’s controversial novel, which emerged with his experiences at the mental health institute and MKULTRA, sheds light on the misunderstood, humiliated and overlooked people of the society.

21 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace

It is the most classic work of Tolstoy, which is accepted as the best novelist in the world by some literary circles. The work, which is also a historical novel, begins with Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and continues with realistic portraits of the upper and lower sections against this war. In the second volume, there is now an atmosphere in which the war is advanced and the winner is not known. It goes without saying that it is a must-read book.

22 Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde

 Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde Happy Prince

Writing the tales in the book for those who feel childish regardless of age, Oscar Wilde reveals a web of stories on the axis of selfishness and teaching. Some of the characters in their fairy tales are selfish people who understand their greed and some want more. It is one of the author’s early, fairy-tale works.

23 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

 The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist

Coelho, born in 1947, is one of those rare names who lived the “old world” and survive today. Coelho, who wrote his most famous work, Alchemist, inspired by Rumi’s Mesnevi, tells an outer and inner journey together with his character. The alchemist is the tale of a shepherd who travels from Spain to the Egyptian pyramids to find his treasure. This treasure consists of questions such as how one can draw his own destiny, how he can reach happiness.

24 The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck

The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck The Good Earth

Dünya Savaşı sonrasında bir çiftçinin ve eşinin hayatta kalma savaşını anlatan roman, zaman ve mekan kavramlarının ötesine geçerek çiftçi ve ailesinin hayatlarını kontrol altına alma hikayesini anlatıyor.

25 Upton Sinclair – The Jungle

 Upton Sinclair – The Jungle
The Jungle Upton Sinclair

Showcasing worker exploitation and poor food security in America, the novel prompted President Roosevelt to pass two health-related laws in 1906.

26 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo Les Miserables

It is the masterpiece of Victor Hugo, one of France’s most prominent romantic writers. He writes the writer Les Misérables, who got into political fights for the country and lived in exile for twenty years with this experience. A man in prisoner of rowing and a police inspector chasing him is told. From this point of view, the poverty and injustices in the world are discussed.

27 The Waves – Virginia Woolf

The Waves – Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf The Waves

Investigating the desires and homosexuality of women in the censorship period with very sharp lines and straightforwardness, Woolf challenges his readers to think of these concepts in a place other than the values of “decent society”. While his friends agree on a reciprocal tragedy, many ideas and philosophies imply that the ultimate feminist movement is becoming clear.

28 As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
William Faulkner As I Lay Dying

Written with the Flow of Consciousness method, the novel narrates the effort of one of the family members to fulfill the desire to be buried in a mixed order through the mouths of fifteen different narrators.

29 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Lord of the Flies – William Golding
William Golding Lord of the Flies

Taking a micro look at the macro subject, the novel tells the story of British schoolchildren who are stuck on the island after a plane crash, looking for civilization conflicts and different ways of grouping there, and doing it to secure power.

30 Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God

Anthropologist Hurston draws attention to her research into the south of America and the Caribbean to shed light on the personal experiences of Americans of Caribbean or African descent.

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