Top 10 Books to Read before You Die – Read Now!

The Fire Next Time

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today.  

“Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates

At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as “sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle…all presented in searing, brilliant prose,” The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.

Pride and Prejudice

Tory of Mr. Bennet, an English gentleman, who lives in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters. The Bennet girls; the graceful Jane, the dexterous Elizabeth, the studious Mary, the juvenile Kittty and the wild Lydia; although very distinct in nature from one another are living happily with their parents in the town house. But, to their dismay, if Mr. Bennet dies their distant cousin will inherit this house. Hence, the security and prosperity of the family depends on the daughters marrying into rich families. Soon a wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley, along with his uptight friend Mr. Darcy, moves into a house nearby. This new turn of events makes Mrs. Bennet hopeful for her daughters’ future and, soon enough, the beautiful Jane falls for Mr. Bingley. While this hopeful union is taking place, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy start up battles of sexes eventually falling for each other.

This amusing story of love and life in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century, is sure to bring you moments of cheer, love and laughter.


Arleen spends nearly all her money on rent but is kicked out with her kids in Milwaukee’s coldest winter for years. Doreen’s home is so filthy her family call it ‘the rat hole’. Lamar, a wheelchair-bound ex-soldier, tries to work his way out of debt for his boys. Scott, a nurse turned addict, lives in a gutted-out trailer. This is their world. And this is the twenty-first century: where fewer and fewer people can afford a simple roof over their head.


It is the mid-1800s. At Sweet Home in Kentuckhy, an era is ending as slavery comes under attack from the abolitionists. The worlds of Halle and Paul D. are to be destroyed in a cataclysm of torment and agony. The world of Sethe, however, is to turn from one of love to one of violence and death – the death of Sethe’s baby daughter Beloved, whose name is the single word on the tombstone, who died at her mother’s hands, and who will return to claim retribution.

The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.


First published anonymously in 1818, Frankenstein, is one of the most popular fictional horror stories of all time. In fact, it is considered to be the very first Science Fiction novel. It was a genere which achieved great success throughout the 20th century over 150 years after Frankenstein was published. It is also influenced by the Gothic literature which was prevalent during earth 19th century and also is precursor to revealing the dangers of the industrial revolution. The story is about a young scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a human-like creature though an unorthodox scientific experiment and how this experiment turns into a disastrous mistake.

The Outsiders

“An outstanding book about CEOs who excelled at capital allocation.” — Warren Buffett #1 on Warren Buffett’s Recommended Reading List, Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Letter, 2012 Named one of “19 Books Billionaire Charlie Munger Thinks You Should Read” in Business Insider. 

To Kill a Mocking Bird

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man falsely charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.


Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for….

The Great Gatsby

 The Roaring twenties, and new York City is the place to be. Everything can be purchased, everyone can be bought. But, can you make money erase your past? It’s the Roaring twenties, and it is the time of over-indulgence. As far as the eyes can see and the mind can perceive, there are ostentatious displays of wealth and even more lavish displays of decadency. Unapologetic decadency. But, does it ever stop? It’s the Roaring twenties, and the great American dream has been perverted. It no longer stands for anything profound that resonates with people. But, does the idealism even attempt to stop the materialism? As more and more people lose themselves to the lure of money, ironically the only person who remains unaffected is Jay Gatsby, the enigmatic host of the most extravagant parties… This definitive tale on American culture, encased in an exquisite leather-bound edition with gilded edges and beautiful endpapers, is an epic story that can only be defined as ?a great American novel?.

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