Man Booker Prize ShortList Reviews 2016

Man Booker Prize ShortList Reviews 2016

WhyToRead today brings you  short reviews of the Man Booker Prize shortlist of 6 books from 2016. With this quick glimpse into the contents you can decide if want to try and read further. Push yourself to read something new and stretch your comfort zone. You might find something wonderful.  You’ll have to read to the end to find the prize winner.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is for English language literary novels.  These can include psychological thrillers and historical novels.

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Reviews 2016

1. Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

Amazon: 3.2/5
Goodreads: 3.4/5

Sofia takes her mother to the coast of Spain to find cure for mother’s illness – an inexplicable leg paralysis. As her mother gets an unconventional treatment, Sofia discovers the pain that caused her mother’s illness. Deborah Levy has written an amazing book about mother – daughter relationship. The novel is full of symbolism, beginning with the title – an ode to the first meal a baby has through to the last phrase. Hot Milk is a book about self-discovery in relation to your mother and what you mean to her. The scenery of the southern coast of Spain, another symbol, is a beautiful detail that crowns the beautiful journey this book takes you on.

2. His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnet

Booker Prize Shortlist reviews - His Bloody ProjectAmazon: 4.1/5
Goodreads: 4.0/5

Graeme Macrae Burnet takes us back to 1869 Scotland, to a remote community where a brilliant young seventeen year boy murders three people. Now a historian, the author’s double tells the story of the crime, the trial and the boy’s execution with the iciness of historical documents. This is like a true crime novel. But the author transcends the usual recipe for this type of novel. He adds an unusual new character, the community, which awakes from a long dream of rotating crops and holy days after the crime happens. The testimonies, medical files and interviews, all included in “His Bloody Project”, gives this book apparent veracity. You simply believe that it is happening in your reality. Now.

3. Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

Man Booker Prize Shortlist reviews - EileenAmazon: 3.3/5
Goodreads: 3.4/5

Eileen Dunlop is a twenty-four years old woman who worked as a secretary at a boys’ prison outside Boston during the 1960s. She opens up from the first pages about her life, her fears and her hectic lifestyle. She is lonely and lives with her alcoholic father. And tells us the story of the week before Christmas, when she disappeared. Eileen is a dark psychological novel told from the heroine’s perspective.  So intense that you won’t be able to put it down. The touch of mystery the crime gives this book makes it a page turner. Ottessa Moshfeg has written a book that is a hauntingly accurate description of all women’s’ insecurities.

4.All That Man Is – David Szalay

Man Booker Prize Shortlist reviews - All That Man IsAmazon: 3.7/5
Goodreads: 3.7/5

Short story collections are not that common in the Man Booker Prize. David Szalay essentially decrypts what men are in this beautifully put together collection of nine stories. Nine contemporary stories about men at different stages of their lives living in countries other than their own. The author destroys the common myth that men are all knowing, strong and emotionless human beings. Challenged by life fulfillment, the men in the stories are are flawed and crumbling under pressure. Szalay doesn’t write an ode to manhood, but illustrates how fragile it is. I loved this book because it describes the pain of decision and breaks apart, piece by piece, the image I had about men in general.

5. Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien

Man Booker Prize Shortlist reviews - Do Not Say We Have NothingAmazon: 4.2/5
Goodreads: 4.0/5

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is the kind of novel that will leave you grateful for what you have. Marie and Ai-Ming are trying to put together what happened to their two fathers and their friend. Three talented musicians who lived in China at the beginning of Mao Zedong’s reign. Forced to give up their artistic freedom, the artists try to strive in a country where forced prison labor, mass executions, starvation and fear was common. The historical and social details of China after the 1949 Civil War are accurate and enthralling, which make this story more amazing.

This is not a book about a family, but a glimpse in the recent past of families who tried to overcome a political regime that was draining the life out of an entire country. The musical harmonies make this book not only a story about Marie’s family but a symphony for the thousands of souls who lost their freedom and lives because of totalitarian political regimes.

Man Booker Prize 2016 WINNER review

WINNER: The Sellout – Paul Beatty

Man Booker Prize Shortlist reviews - The SelloutAmazon: 4.0/5
Goodreads: 3.8/5

Acclaimed by many, this book has won several prestigious awards including The Man Booker Prize (2016), National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and John Dos Passos Prize for Literature.

The Sellout is at first glance a book about a man who ended up in front of the Supreme Court being prosecuted for keeping a slave. But Paul Beatty writes a hilarious and amazing satire about a culture everybody talks about but it doesn’t let anyone in. Bonbon, the main character is a man of color who decides to re-segregate Dickens, a once all black neighborhood now mostly Hispanic.  He also convinces Hominy, his friend and the last of the Little Rascals, to be his slave, reinstating slavery. I loved this book because somehow Beatty touches all the stereotypes on African-American culture with humor while still being politically correct.

Roald Dahl | 6 Best Books To Read

Roald Dahl | 6 Best Books To Read

When it comes to children’s books, Roald Dahl has written some of the most significant in the genre. His books have influenced a generation, and continue to inspire young people to read. Roald Dahl books are guaranteed to get someone into reading, and many of his books have been turned into popular movies.

This book list is dedicated to Roald Dahl and the best books he has written in his long and successful career.

Roald Dahl | 6 Best Books To Read

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

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Roald Dalh’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stands at the top of the heap when it comes to children’s books. This is a pure classic of imagination, storytelling and magic. Charlie, who lives with his four ancient grandparents and his mother in a one-room house, is the kind of child who can only dream about his future, since his family has barely enough money to survive.

When the Wonka chocolatier announces that five golden tickets to visit the aged factory have been carefully tucked inside chocolate bars the world over, Charlie’s dreams are suddenly wide open.

2. The BFG – Roald Dahl

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Dahl’s superb imagination has created a character, the BFG, who talks so whimsically that you will laugh out loud while reading this book. His child friend, Sophie, has no trouble understanding him, however, although she sometimes has to translate for less flexible or more pompous adults. The BFG’s interactions with his fearsome peers demonstrate a high level of courage, particularly for a comic figure, and his nighttime activities indicate a delicacy of perception that few of us could attain.

3. Matilda – Roald Dahl 

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Originally published in 1988, Matilda was one of the last books author Roald Dahl wrote before his death in 1990. Here we have a sweet charming little piece of literature about a girl that is both good and interesting. Creating characters that you identify intrinsically with is not only difficult but (in children’s books) sometimes near impossible. Reading Matilda, it becomes clear that Roald Dahl never lost his touch for creating wonderful original characters and situations.

4. Fantastic Mr. FoxRoald Dahl

Roald Dahl booksRoald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox tells the story of how Mr. Fox and his family fend off an assault by farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Losing his tail to the farmers’ bullets, Mr. Fox tries to wait out the farmers’ vigil but Boggis, Bunce and Bean have other plans. They try to dig up the Fox family’s den with steam shovels, forcing Fox and family ever farther underground. Derided by the townspeople for flattening a whole mountain just to catch a fox, the farmers decide to see who can last longer, them or Mr. Fox.

5. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl booksAfter his parents are eaten by a rhinoceros, young James Henry Trotter has to go live with his two mean aunts named Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, who treat him very badly. Poor James has to live with his aunts for three whole years until one day a mysterious man gives him a bag of magic things, resulting in the giant peach and Roald Dhal’s amazing book.

6. The Twits – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl booksThe Twits is the story of a couple of, well, twits! Mr Twit is has a nasty, unhygenic, ugly beard and Mrs Twit could be recognized by her glass eye, who lived in a windowless house. They have four pet monkeys, and a huge dead tree where they catch the birds for their weekly bird pie. to past time, they love to play tricks on each other.

Best Books of all Time: 14 Greatest Books Ever Written

Best Books of all Time: 14 Greatest Books Ever Written

To rank the best books of all time, there are many criteria to consider. Are these books ranked based on sales, revenue, longevity or user reviews and ratings? One of the best ways to find out whether a book is worth reading, is a recommendation from a book lover.

WhytoRead is graced by thousands of book lovers everyday, finding new books to read and recommending them to their friends and family. So we decided the best way to rank the best books of all time, would be to use Goodreads and Amazon ratings and reviews. The top books have the best positive reviews and the greatest number of votes as the best book of all time on Goodreads.

Best Books of all Time: 14 Greatest Books Ever Written

1. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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(As featured in 10 of the Most Exciting Page Turner Books You’ll Ever Read)

Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once. A true page turner, and a very watchable movie series.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Best Books of all Time(As featured in 10 Classic Books Everyone Should Read)

From the opening line of the book, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow…” Lee hooks the reader with a deceptively simple story of a Southern family and a Southern town caught up in a cataclysmic moral crisis, and keeps us enthralled till the very last word.

3. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Best Books of all TimeBeautiful, sumptuous and satisfying, this book is a monumental achievement that should be on the top of your holiday wish list and considered one of few editions available to be esteemed truly accomplished.

4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis

Best Books of all Time(As featured in 10 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With Reading)

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

C.S. Lewis wrote a masterpiece which has stood the test of time and proven to be one of the best books of all time.

5. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Best Books of all TimeGone with the Wind is an American War & Peace. This is serious literature, which won the Pulitzer prize, no less. Most people don’t see past the epic plot or the love story, but this is a successful attempt to reclaim a discarded culture.

6. Animal Farm – George Orwell

Best Books of all Time(As featured in 8 Outstanding Classic Books Which Are Easy To Read)

In Animal Farm, Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn’t exist as such, but was merely what the “Big Brother” said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. This book will make you realize the world isn’t as fair as you thought.

7. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

Best Books of all TimeThe Giving Tree is a beautiful book about a tree who loves a little boy. In the beginning, the love the two share is enough to make them both happy. As the boy grows older, his needs change and the tree gives him everything in order to help him achieve happiness. When the boy is gone and the tree is left with nothing, she is happy, but not really.

Eventually the boy returns and the tree has nothing left to give, but the boy has changed and no longer wants anything from the tree other than the companionship they once shared, and both are happy once again.

8. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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(As featured in 15 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Life)

This book is not only a good book to read for teens, but everyone should read this book at least once in their life. Adams’ peculiar humour also draws deeply from the well of sociology, philosophy, and science. Beneath the surface of utter hilarity, Adams actually used his sarcasm and wit to make some rather poignant statements about this silly thing called life and the manner in which we are going about living it.

9. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Best Books of all Time(As featured in 6 Best Books To Tug At Your Heart Strings)

The Book Thief describes that while being subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.

10. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Best Books of all TimeThis books is a sweeping, disturbing, intense, thrilling, very romantic gothic love story, written in the voice of a very intense, almost claustrophobically self-aware young heroine. One of the most popular classics and voted for as one of the top 10 best books of all time.

11. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

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Dan Brown’s, The Da Vinci Code, is great fun, a real page turner and, in the course being entertaining it stimulates the reader to investigate a number of subjects that he might never have considered. Not only is this one of the best selling books of all time, it has also been voted as one of the best books of all time by its readers. A great achievement for an author who continues to write best sellers.

12. Memoirs of a GeishaArthur Golden

Best Books of all Time(As featured in 10 Popular Adult Books Made Into Movies)

Arthur Golden, a student of Japanese art and language, paints a remarkably true-sounding account of one woman’s training and practice as a geisha. There’s not a false note in the writing: The characters, dialogue, and emotional content all ring true. Aside from some slightly plodding descriptions of the protagonist’s introduction to the geisha district of Gion, the pacing is excellent.

13. The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green

Best Books of all TimeThe Fault in Our Stars is the story of two 16-year-olds who meet at a cancer support group. Hazel Lancaster, the narrator, is afflicted with terminal thyroid cancer which has ravaged her lungs enough to necessitate the use of an oxygen tank wherever she goes. It is during a support meeting that she is introduced to Augustus Waters, whose leg was claimed by a malignant bone tumor and who soon becomes the object of her affection.

14. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

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There is absolutely no way to produce a fantasy books list without J.R.R. Tolkiens fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings.

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them”.

Undoubtedly one of the top three fantasy books and one of the best books of all time.

10 Life Changing Philosophical Literature Books

10 Life Changing Philosophical Literature Books

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Fiction can be a great source of philosophical enlightenment. You don’t have to read non-fiction books written by philosophers to be introduced to new and mind blowing ideas. A great piece of literature written by some of the best writers in our history not only teaches you something you should know, but it entertains you while doing so.

Just like the best teacher you had in school, who taught you while keeping it interesting with stories, great philosophical writers bring us new insights about the human psyche while telling us fascinating stories.

10 Life Changing Philosophical Literature Books

1. The Stranger – Albert Camus

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(As featured in 10 Best Existential Fiction Books That Will Alter Your Existence)

The Stranger is a haunting, challenging masterpiece of literature. While it is fiction, it actually manages to express the complex concepts and themes of existential philosophy better than the movement’s most noted philosophical writings. It’s a fantastic read, especially for contemplating human nature and our roles in the universe, if any.

2. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

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(As featured 10 Great Books That Will Make You Change Your Life)This book will shift your focus from the worries of the future unto the beauty of the present moment.

Reading this book will put you in a state of tranquility and it will make you question your perspective on many about your life.

3. 1984 – George Orwell

Philosophical Literature Books(As featured in 8 Books That Will Have A Profound Impact On Your Personality)

Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn’t exist as such, but was merely what the “Big Brother” said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. A terrifying glimpse into the future that could be, or already is.

4. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Philosophical Literature BooksCrime and Punishment centers upon the story of a young Russian student, Raskolnikov, who plots and carries out a brutal murder. However, this is less than a quarter of the story. The rest centers upon his attempts to come to terms with the philosophical and psycological consequences of his act.

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Philosophical Literature Books(Featured in 10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read)

A great book about the dangers of holding on to vanity and pride, The Picture of Dorian Grey is a remarkable book filled with moments of great self-reflection, we see Dorian Grey go on a sensual quest and the outcome of that is the final twist in the book.

6. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Philosophical Literature BooksThis book is widely considered to be one to the best books ever written, and it will undoubtedly change your life. The story follows the lives of old man Karamazov, a filthy penny-pinching lech and his three sons. Each son represents a different side to the Russian character: Dimitri the spoiled lout (or the prodigal son), Ivan the tortured intellect, and Alyosha the spiritual searcher.

7. Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Philosophical Literature BooksLord of the Flies is a 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel Prize winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.

8. Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophical Literature BooksNietzsche constructed one of the most original and radical philosophies in all its history, as challenging to everyday life as Karl Marx. His ideas still send shockwaves through the Christian community because so much of what he says is blatantly obvious and true.

Most people dismiss Nietzsche’s slogan that “God is dead”, but in this work Nietzsche truly refines this statement and incorporates brilliant ideas about living for the Earth, striving to become Der Ubermensch and the path to release from Christianities chains.

9. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World is both one of the best science fiction books and one of the most brilliant pieces of satire ever written. It takes place on a future Earth where human beings are mass-produced and conditioned for lives in a rigid caste system. As the story progresses, we learn some of the disturbing secrets that lie underneath the bright, shiny façade of this highly-ordered world.

10. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s 20th century classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don’t put out fires–they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury’s vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal–a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad.

11. The Trial – Franz Kafka 

Philosophical Literature BooksThe story follows Joseph K while he is on trial by a seemingly arbitrary court system. What starts out feeling like a cautionary tale about misplaced and abused power quickly gets stranger and morphs into a story of a deeper and more personal trial. Before long, you notice that K is the one who seems to be doing the work of trying himself.

12. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Philosophical Literature BooksThe Metamorphosis is not only one of the best books under 100 pages, it’s one of the best books ever written.

A man wakes up one day to find he has been changed into a large insect. The story follows his efforts to deal with this, and his family’s reaction to the change. But it’s not just a story about a man turning into an insect. It’s a clever way of writing about how a family would deal with the main breadwinner becoming unable to work, and also on a wider scope, the way society reacts to someone who is disabled, or terminally ill.

13. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Philosophical Literature BooksIn The Unbearable Lightness of Being Kundera tries to determine whether our actions on this earth have significance and therefore weight, or whether our actions have no ramifications and are therefore light and are dead in advance.

14. Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

Philosophical Literature Books(Featured in 10 Books That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind)

Fight Club is the story of an unnamed narrator, an insomniac yuppie who spends his days helping insurance companies get out of having to pay their claims. He wanders through a meaningless life until he discovers the emotional release of attending therapy groups for people suffering from various deadly diseases. He meets Tyler Durden around this time and it’s Tyler who turns his life upside down.

15. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

Philosophical Literature BooksA sobering exploration of the dangers inherent in the combination of human stupidity and indifference with mankind’s technological capacity for destruction.

8 Best Books to Read in Your 20s

8 Best Books to Read in Your 20s

The 20s. A period in your life when you think you will live forever and you have all the time in the world, and in which you don’t achieve much, most of the time. Your 20s are an incredible time, and with the right inputs, this part of your life can be highly productive and an asset for the rest of your life. As optimistic as that sounds, if you’ve stumbled onto this list, you’re probably and ambitious 20 something who wants to make the most out of this hazy and crazy decade of your life.

What are the best books to read in your 20s?

Good for you. For most people, life doesn’t really being until 30, but you, you plucky little 20 something, things are all going to be different. These books will certainly help. These are the best books to read in your 20s, if you want to make this period in your life a solid foundation on which you can build the rest of your life. We hope you remember WhytoRead when you make it.

8 Best Books to Read in Your 20s

1. Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

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Norwegian Wood is a quick read, drawing the reader in closer and deeper as the characters, their lives, and their deaths intertwine. There are many deaths in this book, although they take place somewhat at the outskirts of the other action. The deaths act as catalysts for characters to learn, grow, change, or in some cases, retreat, wither, and become isolated. It is this constant interplay between retreat and advancement, withering and growth, isolation and togetherness, which seems to be a theme of this novel, and a central struggle each of its characters must face.

2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

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Like the layers of an onion, Diaz peels back the layers of years to reveal the back history of Oscar and his sister Lola. The Banana Curtain is lifted and the horrors of Trujillo — the raging narcissist and despoiler of women — are unflinchingly revealed, creating shudders of revulsion and flashes of understanding in this reader.

3. What She Saw… – Lucinda Rosenfeld

Best Books to Read in Your 20s

This book is well worth reading, and it may be one of those that has a long, long life. Rosenfeld has a very sharp and very sympathetic eye, and her portrait of Phoebe Fine is both appealling and later in Phoebe’s quest–troubling. While the details are fun and absolutely on target, the novel goes well beyond being a simple period piece, a bit of Gen X, coming-of-age nostalgia.

4. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

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(As featured 10 Great Books That Will Make You Change Your Life)

This book will shift your focus from the worries of the future unto the beauty of the present moment.

Reading this book will put you in a state of tranquility and it will make you question your perspective on many about your life.

5. Shantaram: A Novel – Gregory David Roberts

Best Books to Read in Your 20s

Shantaram is a love story from start to finish: love of mankind, love of friends, love of a woman, love of a country, love of a city, love of an adversary, love of a way of life, love of a people, love of adventure, love of a father, and, most apparent, love for the reader.

6. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Best Books to Read in Your 20s

Ayn Rand’s characters come to life as she paints very clear pictures of who they are and what they represent. In this novel, she sets forth her philosophy of “objectivism.” She exposes those, such as a character named Peter Keating, an architect, who seemingly achieves greatness by copying others but somehow gives the illusion of originality and creativity. In order to achieve “greatness,” Keating was literally willing to sell anything, including his wife. Thus, despite his wealth and apparant achievement, his life was empty. Rand begins to formulate her values that altruism is an evil because a society which seeks to achieve this must do so at someone’s expense and therefore leads to collectivism.

7. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

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(As featured in The Ultimate 10 Best Books You Must Read Before You Die)

This is a wonderful and highly original novel about a mentally challenged man named Charlie who wanted to be smart. One day, his wish was granted. A group of scientists selected him for an experimental operation which would to raise his intelligence to genius level. Suddenly, Charlie found himself transformed, and life changed.

8. The Outsider – Albert Camus

Best Books to Read in Your 20s

This 1942 classic is about a man, Meursault, who shoots an Arab eight times without premeditation because he, Meursault, is overcome by the heat of the Algerian sun. He is unable to explain what he did and is sentenced to death. Meursault is a man who is “condemned because he doesn’t play the game. In this sense, he is an outsider to the society in which he lives, wandering on the fringe, on the outskirt of life, solitary and sensual.”

10 of the Most Exciting Page Turner Books You’ll Ever Read

10 of the Most Exciting Page Turner Books You’ll Ever Read

For when you need a good book to read for pure enjoyment and entertainment, a great page tuner book is exactly what your doctor will prescribe you. The books on this list are a joy to read. The only thing you need to be careful of is that your friends and family don’t file you as a missing person because they haven’t heard from you for a few days and you haven’t been answering their calls. Give them a warning.

“I’ll be reading xxxx book and I’ll be unavailable for a few days”.

Use this for your voice mail and email auto respond to make sure you don’t waste police time.

We hope you enjoy the most exciting page tuner books from WhytoRead. Apologies to your friends/family/local police in advance.

10 of the Most Exciting Page Turner Books You’ll Ever Read

1. A Song of Ice and Fire – George RR Martin

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(As featured in 10 Modern Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future)

Many people who casually read this book don’t realize the painstaking attention to detail and the fantastically rich and layered back story that’s gone into it. It is an epic, in every sense of the word. The characters, the story, the infinite complexity of the narrative, and the incredible attention to detail will grip you till the end, whether you like it or not. The good thing is, you’ll definitely like it, until you build the courage and the socially accepted time to reread it.

2. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

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(As featured in 12 Outstanding Books That Will Blow You Away)

Ender Wiggin is a special boy. He is the youngest of a family of child geniuses. This story is set in the future where aliens have tried to invade the earth twice. Twice the Earth defeated them, but at a great cost. The government is scrambling to make sure this never happens again by training the next set of star fleet commanders from childhood.

3. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

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(As featured in 10 Books That Will Make You Fall In Love With Reading)

With this introductory novel was published in 1997, few would have predicted the unprecedented success this series would produce. And everything that made Harry Potter so successful is all first shown, though hardly fully explained, in this first book of this incredibly successful fantasy series.

4. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

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(As featured in 6 Young Adult Books That Are Worth Reading)

Philip Pullman’s dark fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, ostensibly written for children, is actually literature of a much higher order. As such, it is always a joy to come across a book or series that engages people of all ages and keeps you thinking about it long after you’ve finished the books.

5. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide – Douglas Adams

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(As featured in 8 of the Funniest and Laugh Out Loud Books Ever Written)

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. Just try to out this book down. We dare you.

6. The Dark Tower series – Stephen King

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(As featured in 8 Best Books Which Should NOT Be Turned Into A Movie)

The Dark Tower features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger. The epic of this series is so compelling and addictive, you’ll be reading it through to the end, making this one of the most addictive page turners on this list.

7. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling. It’s entertaining, and incredibly disturbing all at once. A true page turner, and a very watchable movie series.

8. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

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(As featured in 7 Books With The Best Plot Twists And Surprise Endings Ever Written)

Amy and Nick are married for five years, but there is not much harmony left. All of a sudden, Amy is missing. And from there, a more and more surprising and devious plot develops, cleverly and elegantly put together by a very talented writer.

9. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

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Page Turner Books

The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies’ maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families’ homes. That is the story in a nutshell – but it is so much more than just stories in this great page turner.

10. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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(As featured in 10 Books That Will Make You Totally Angry With The World)

Hosseini’s first novel — The Kite Runner tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Not only was this a phenomenal debut novel, but it was made into a successful movie and Hosseini continues to write great books.

11 Best Books That Are Guaranteed To Get You Into Reading

11 Best Books That Are Guaranteed To Get You Into Reading

These are the books that will get you hooked on reading. The best books to get anyone into reading for the first time are the books that should be given the highest praise because they are the ones that introduce most people into the world of books.

Whether you read them in school or when you’re older, these books are guaranteed to get you into reading.

11 Best Books That Are Guaranteed To Get You Into Reading

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone is one of those rare children’s books that seems to be utterly wasted on children. The plot is engaging, the characters are likeable, and it’s a good quick read for those older than the specified ages. It’s also credited with introducing an entire generation of young people to books.

2. Little House Books – Laura Ingalls Wilder

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When Laura Ingalls Wilder first wrote of her experiences growing up in the 1800s, no one could have predicted the impact her stories would have on generations of children to come! The sense of family is amazing, particularly as Laura becomes old enough to live away from home and realize just how wonderful her family is.

3. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White

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Eight year old farm girl Fern Arable stops her father from killing a piglet who has been labeled the runt of the litter. The little pig, whom Fern names Wilbur, becomes one of the central figures in the story. Eventually he will be befriended by Charlotte, the wise and loving spider mentioned in the book’s title.

4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

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Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

5. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

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This is a children’s book, but it isn’t just an adventure story.

It has science-fiction; The Drs. Murray, parents of Meg, Charles Wallace and the twins are scientists who are researching Time and Space. Dr. Murray takes a time trip and so do the kids.

There is also magic; a trio of “witches” shows up–Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, and they take Meg, her brother Charles-Wallace, and their new friend Calvin on an epic adventure.

6. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Best Books To Get You Into Reading

It’s the story of Mary Lennox, who grew up in India, extremely spoiled by the servants, whose only job was to keep her quiet and out of the way of her parents. After her parents die she’s sent to live with her uncle in England, a crotchety old man mourning the loss of his wife, who also wants nothing to do with her.

Lonely and spoiled Mary explores the manor and the garden, finding all sorts of hidden secrets as well as her own happiness.

7. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

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The Anne of Green Gables series is one of the most unforgettable, and one of the most enjoyable, series of all children’s literature. This series chronicles the life and times of Anne Shirley, a the plucky, imaginative, red-haired orphan.

Her parents die when she is baby, and so she spends the first 11 years of her life going between homes and orphanages, with no one really wanting to keep or to love her. One of the great classic books that has introduced many people to reading.

8. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

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A great modern classic book and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.

9. The Boxcar Children – Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Four young orphans run away from a grandfather they have never even met. They make their home in an abandoned boxcar and are able to rely on only themselves. This is a wonderful series of books for children and adults alike, and one of the books that gets many people into reading.

10. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

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The four March girls — practical Meg, rambunctious Jo, sweet Beth and childish artist Amy — live in genteel New England poverty with their Marmee, while their father is away in the Civil War. The girls don’t let lack of money hamper their fun and happiness. But their world starts to expand when Jo befriends “poor little rich boy” Laurie, and soon he and his tutor are almost a part of their family.

11. Matilda – Roald Dahl

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Matilda is a small girl with extraordinary talents. Already when she is three years old she starts visiting the local library and reads all the books there, starting with the children’s books, keeping on with the world classics. Matilda’s parents are very neglective, and refuse to see any of Matilda’s talents. But Matilda is a fighter and finds her own very creative and very funny ways to get revenge.

12 Outstanding Books That Will Blow You Away

12 Outstanding Books That Will Blow You Away

A list of great books that will not only blow you away, like the title suggests, but these books are also thought provoking and their impact stays with you long after you’ve read the book. Any genre of literature can fit into this category and as long as it makes you think, impacts you in a significant way, or changes your perceptions, it wins a place on this list.

Here are the best books that are sure to blow you away.

12 Outstanding Books That Will Blow You Away

1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief describes that while being subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others.

2. The Giver – Lois Lowry

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Jonas lives in a perfect world where war, disease, and suffering have all been eradicated. The people have no worries or cares. The Community strives for “sameness,” in which everyone and everything are the same. When Jonas turns twelve, the Community selects him to be the new “Receiver of Memories.” Only the Giver knows the truth and memories of the past, and now he must pass these memories on to Jonas.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

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From the opening line of the book, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow…” Lee hooks the reader with a deceptively simple story of a Southern family and a Southern town caught up in a cataclysmic moral crisis, and keeps us enthralled till the very last word.

4. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic and one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

5. 1984 – George Orwell

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Orwell tried to depict a totalitarian state, where the truth didn’t exist as such, but was merely what the “Big Brother” said it was. Freedom was only total obedience to the Party, and love an alien concept, unless it was love for the Party. A terrifying glimpse into the future that could be, or already is.

6. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Calling Tolkiens Trilogy and epic masterpiece would be an understatement. At over 150 million copies sold worldwide, the story of Frodo Baggins and his companions journey into the shadows of the dark lord to save the world is filled with adventure and courage. The Lord of The Rings is an extraordinary work and if you haven’t seen the movies yet, make sure you read the book first.

7. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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Hosseini’s first novel — The Kite Runner tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Not only was this a phenomenal debut novel, but it was made into a successful movie and Hosseini continues to write great books.

8. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

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Ender Wiggin is a special boy. He is the youngest of a family of child geniuses. This story is set in the future where aliens have tried to invade the earth twice. Twice the Earth defeated them, but at a great cost. The government is scrambling to make sure this never happens again by training the next set of star fleet commanders from childhood.

9. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

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The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of the most interesting, powerful books that you will read. Audrey Niffenegger did a beautiful job taking some of the most complex ideas – time travel, marriage, love, children, friends, religion, death, drugs, childhood, growing, loss, and what it means to be human – and weaving them together poetically and with amazing clarity.

10. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

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With over 3.5 million copies sold, a movie adaptation and critical acclaim, Life of Pi is certain to remain popular and become a classic of the future. This book is a hard one to categorize, so the best thing to do is to read it yourself and see what it does for you.

11. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

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A spiritual book bases loosely on the life of Buddha, Siddhartha tells the story of aBrahmins journey in search of ultimate reality. This beautifully simple book has touched millions with its integration of Eastern and Western mythology and philosophy. Along with Demien, this book is a must read for any Herman Hesse fan or anyone interested in Buddhism philosophy.

12. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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A beautifully written post apolocalyptic story told from the perspective of a father and son in search of food, warmth and ultimate survival. What they encounter along the way is shocking and an indication of what people will do to survive.

8 Books That Will Make You Proud And Satisfied To Have Read

8 Books That Will Make You Proud And Satisfied To Have Read

There are books that carry a certain amount of prestige, either due to their popularity or critical acclaim. These books are written by highly established and credible authors, and they are not only worth a read, they are considered some of the best books ever written.

After you’ve read these books, you can tell everyone you’ve read them and enjoy the admiration and respect that a reader of these books deserves.

8 Books That Will Make You Proud And Satisfied To Have Read

1. The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel – Fyodor Dostoevsky

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This is both a great philosophical book and a great work of fiction.

This book is widely considered to be one to the best books ever written, and it will undoubtedly change your life. The story follows the lives of old man Karamazov, a filthy penny-pinching lech and his three sons. Each son represents a different side to the Russian character: Dimitri the spoiled lout, Ivan the tortured intellect, and Alyosha the spiritual searcher.

2. The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

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Tolkien considered The Simarillion his most important work, and even though it was published last, this great collection of tales and legends sets the stage for all his other books. Not only is it a massive book, it spans almost 10000 years, and is like the bible for Middle-Earth.

3. Dracula – Bram Stoker

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Most people just settle for the admittedly very good film versions and don’t realise how different the book’s ending is. Eerie, horrifying and genuinely mysterious, Dracula is undoubtedly the most striking and unique vampire novel yet penned.

4. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

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Infinite Jest is a gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the pursuit of happiness in America. Between its structure, which is fractal, its three hundred pages of footnotes, and the fact that you basically have to read the book twice through to deduce its ending, Infinite Jest is a challenge which you can be proud to have overcome.

One of the most hilarious books out there, Infinite Jest is a must read.

5. William Shakespeare: The Complete Works – William Shakespeare

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As one of the most prolific authors in history, the complete works of William Shakespeare are challenging, life changing, and a part of history. Having read them, you will join a distinguished group of people who have actually experienced his works in their entirety.

6. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

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This book is a great example of perfect fiction writing. Its length is 5 times the average book and it still was not long enough! The story, the characters, the settings and the emotions will enthral you for days. You’ll be left with a total feeling of astonishment as you finish the book.

7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Books That Will Make You Proud And Satisfied To Have Read

A novel about the meaning of life and the role happiness does or does not play in it, Anna Karenina is the story of a married woman’s adulterous affair with Count Vronsky. As foreshadowed in the book’s early pages, the affair ends tragically, for both Anna and Vronsky.

8. Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Books That Will Make You Proud And Satisfied To Have Read

Gravity’s Rainbow is definitely one of the most bizarre and challenging book you will ever read. One can’t just sit down and read it; it demands the most concentration you’ll ever have to muster to read a work of fiction.

10 Modern Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

10 Modern Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

To become a classic, a book has to be both critically acclaimed and popular, although there are always exceptions. To find modern books which will stand the toughest test, time, is a tough as it is difficult to look at modern looks impartially.

The books on this list have achieved popularity and best seller status, as well as being popular among critics.

10 Modern Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

1. Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

With over 3.5 million copies sold, a movie adaptation and critical acclaim, Life of Pi is certain to remain popular and become a classic of the future. This book is a hard one to categorize, so the best thing to do is to read it yourself and see what it does for you.

2. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

The Color Purple is a powerful and uplifting book. The story provides a disturbing yet realistic account into the life of Celie, a young black woman with a tragic, abusive past who learns how to survive, how to let go of the past, and most of all how to love.

3. The Road – Cormac McCarthy

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Set in the post-apocalyptic hell of an unending nuclear winter, Cormac McCarthy writes about a nameless man and his young son, wandering through a world gone crazy; bleak, cold, dark, where the snow falls down gray; moving south toward the coast, looking somewhere, anywhere, for life and warmth.

4. Middlesex: A Novel – Jeffrey Eugenides

Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

The story of Cal Stephanides begins generations before his birth, in a small Greek village, when his grandparents succumb to incestuous desires. Told with both humor and earnestness, the story grows more engaging with every page.

5. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

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The Things They Carried will surely become a modern classic war novel. The book deals with events both before and after the Vietnam war, in addition to depicting the war itself; the time span covers more than 30 years in the lives of the characters of the book.

6. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R Martin

Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

Many people who casually read this book don’t realize the painstaking attention to detail and the fantastically rich and layered backstory that’s gone into it. It is an epic and sure to be a classic of the future.

7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

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Like the layers of an onion, Diaz peels back the layers of years to reveal the back history of Oscar and his sister Lola. The Banana Curtain is lifted and the horrors of Trujillo — the raging narcissist and despoiler of women — are unflinchingly revealed, creating shudders of revulsion and flashes of understanding in this reader.

8. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

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Infinite Jest is a book about a movie that is so addictive that anyone who starts watching it has no choice but to keep watching it forever – foregoing food, water, and sleep, and suffering as much pain as is necessary to keep watching.

The book’s length will discourage all but a few readers, but it handsomely rewards the patient.

9. White Teeth: A Novel – Zadie Smith

Books Which Will Be The Classics Of The Future

White Teeth is a brilliant novel, superbly confident in its execution. It starts off in 1975, the year of the author’s birth, with the attempted suicide. This sounds serious, but Smith handles it with such wit and aplomb that the scene is hilarious. We follow Archie, his friend, Samad Iqbal as they marry, have children and watch their children grow up in a London they just don’t understand.

10. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

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Hosseini’s first novel — The Kite Runner tells a heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. Not only was this a phenomenal debut novel, but it was made into a successful movie and Hosseini continues to write great books.