Best Books To Read In Life-Time

Even if you have completed one good book or novel in your life, It gives you unimaginable joy. Reading is a priceless activity, but it is being observed that the habit of reading is declining lately. Mainly because of growth in technology and digital devices.

There are various reasons and benefits of reading a good book, like it reduces stress, improves memory, give knowledge, improve thinking skill and many other.

So Here is the List of 25 Best Books To Read in Your Life Time.

25 Best Books To Read

Lord of The rings

1. The Lord of the Rings

  • Author: J.R.R Tolkien
  • Category: Adventure, Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings is an epic adventure fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien and a sequel to his 1937 The Hobbit.

The Lord of the Rings is a much larger work than L.O.T.R and one of the best-selling novels ever with more then 150 million copies sold.

2. A Tale of Two Cities

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Category: Historical

A Tale of Two Cities is an historical novel by author Charles Dickens, set in 1859 London and Paris revolving around French Revolution.

The novel tells about the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long duration in Prison and his daughter Lucie, whom he had never seen before.

The Cloud Atlas

3. The Cloud Atlas

  • Author: David Mitchell
  • Category: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Cloud Atlas is a science fiction fantasy novel by author David Mitchell, Published in 2004.

The book consists of six interconnected nested stories that revolves around the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century in a distant post-apocalyptic future, in Hawaii island. 

War & Peace

4. War and Peace

  • Author: Leo Tolstoy
  • Category: Historical

War and Peace is a historical novel by author Leo Tolstoy entirety in 1869. As said by many the book is one of the finest literary achievements ever.

The novel states the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic rule on Tsarist society and the stories of five Russian aristocratic families.

Shawod of the wind

5. The Shadow of the Wind

  • Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Category: Mystery

The Shadow of the Wind is a novel by the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón released in 2001. The book was translated into English in 2004 and became one of the best seller in UK and as well as world.

The novel takes place in Barcelona in the period during the Spanish Civil War, revolves around a young boy, Daniel Sempere and his story.

6. Song of solomon

  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • Category: Literature

Song of Solomon is a novel written by American author Toni Morrison. The book revolves around the life of Macon Milkman Dead III, an African-American man from birth to adulthood living in Michigan.

Northern Lights

7. Northern Lights

  • Author: Philip Pullman
  • Category: Fantasy, Adventure

Northern Lights is a young-adult adventure fantasy novel by Philip Pullman revolves around a parallel universe.

The book also known as golden compass features the journey of Lyra Belacqua (A young girl) to the Arctic in search of her missing friend, Roger Parslow, and her uncle Lord Asriel, who has been doing experiments with a unknown mysterious object known as Dust.

The Martian

8. The Martian

  • Author: Andy Weir
  • Category: Sci-Fi, Adventure

The Martian is a science fiction novel written by author Andy Weir released in 2011. In 2014 Crown Publishing bought the rights and re-released the book by the same name.

The story revolves around an American astronaut, Mark Watney in the year 2035 left alone in mars and must improvise in order to survive. It is one of the best books to read.

9. The Great Gatsby

  • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Category: Tragedy

The Great Gatsby is an american novel written by author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional towns of West Egg and East Egg on prosperous Long Island.

The story follows a young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. The book is considered as one of the best books to read and a evergreen classic.

to the light house

10. To the Lighthouse

  • Author: Virginia Woolf
  • Category: Modernisation

To the Lighthouse is a novel by author Virginia Woolf released in 1927 and considered as one of the best books to read.

The novel primarily concerns on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between the year 1910 and 1920. 

11. Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • Author: Jules Verne
  • Category: Science fiction, Adventure

Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 french science fiction novel by Jules Verne, later translated to English.

The story concerns German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into a volcano , encountering many adventures.


12. Ulysses

  • Author: James Joyce
  • Category: Modernist

Ulysses is a Irish modernist novel by author James Joyce.

13. The Alchemist

  • Author: Paulo Coelho
  • Category: Quest, adventure, fantasy

The Alchemist is a Brazilian novel by author Paulo Coelho, published in 1988. Originally written in Portuguese and later translated in English and became of the best seller.

The Alchemist novel concerns a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a dream of finding a treasure there.

Robinson Crusoe

14. Robinson Crusoe

  • Author: Daniel Defoe
  • Category: Adventure, historical fiction

Robinson Crusoe is a classic novel by Daniel Defoe, published on 25 April 1719.

The first edition of the book was credited the work's protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author, driving many readers to believe he was a real person and a true incidents.

best adventure novels of all time

15. Moby Dick

  • Author: Herman Melville
  • Category: Adventure, 

Moby-Dick is a novel by American writer Herman Melville released in 1851. Though it was a commercial failure, it is one of the best books to read.

The story of the book follows the sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

16. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • Author: Mark Twain
  • Category: Picaresque novel

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by author Mark Twain, released in 1984. It is considered as one of the best literature and one among the best books to read.

The book is about Huckleberry Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels  and a friend of Tom Sawyer.

17. Heart of Darkness

  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Category: Novella

Heart of Darkness is a novel by British novelist Joseph Conrad released in 1899. The heart of darkness is one of the best books to read.

The novel is about a narrated voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State in the middle of Africa.

Nineteen Eighty Four

18. Nineteen Eighty Four

  • Author: George Orwell
  • Category: Dystopian, political fiction, social science fiction

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a Novel by author George Orwell released in 1949. 

The book Nineteen Eighty-Four focuses on the risks of government overreach, totalitarianism, and repressive regimentation of all people and behaviours in the society.

Gulliver's Travels

19. Gulliver's Travels

  • Author: Jonathan Swift
  • Category: Adventure

Gulliver's Travel is a four part sequential adventure novel by Jonathan Swift. It is one of the most popular novel as well as one of the best books to read.

The Catcher in the Rye

20. The Catcher in the Rye

  • Author: J. D. Salinger
  • Category: Coming Age

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel,released in 1951 story by author J. D. Salinge. The book has been translated into almost all of the major languages in the world.

To Kill a Mockingbird

21. To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Author: Harper Lee
  • Category: Southern Gothic, Bildungsroman

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by author Harper Lee released in 1960. 

The book is one of the most successful classic and tough in American schools as a literature. 

22. The Grapes of Wrath

  • Author: John Steinbeck
  • Category: Realist Novel

The Grapes of Wrath is a realist novel written by American author John Steinbeck and released in 1939. 

The story of the book set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic setback and bank foreclosures forcing them out of work....

23. The Sound and the Fury

  • Author: William Faulkner
  • Category: Modernist

The Sound and the Fury is an American novel written by the author William Faulkner, released in 1929.

The book is one of the best books to read and i truly recommend to read at least once.

24. One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • Author: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Category: Magic

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a Spanish novel by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, released in 1967.

25. Hamlet

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Category: Dark tragedy

The Hamlet is a tragedy novel written by author William Shakespeare in between 1599 and 1602.

Set in Denmark, in the plot Prince Hamlet;s revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to get his throne and marry Hamlet's mother.


There are hundreds of thousands of books and following are the 25 best books to read according to my view and readers review also. 

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