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The Ultimate 10 Best Books You Must Read Before You Die

If you are a book lover, and if you’re visiting Whytoread we’re presuming that you are, the books on this list should have already been consumed by you. If you haven’t had the pleasure of devouring them yet, we hope you appreciate the recommendation. These books are not only must reads, but if you are only going to read 10 books in your life, these books should be the only ones you read.

Its always a joy to find books to read that you’re going to love, and with this list, we’ve compiled the ones you HAVE to read before you die.

1. The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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 (or the prodigal son), Ivan the tortured intellect, and Alyosha the spiritual searcher.
Alyosha, Dostoevsy says, is our hero. And he does represent a certain Christian ideal. He, in the end, stands for brotherhood and meekness in the face of temptation. These qualities, no doubt, are what Dostoevsky suggests will preserve and redeem the Russian nation.

2. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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

Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried is a book that transcends the genre of war fiction. Actually, it transcends the genre of fiction in general. The first-person narrator of this book is a writer and combat veteran of the Vietnam War. The book deals with events both before and after the war, in addition to depicting the war itself; the time span covers more than 30 years in the lives of O’Brien and his fellow soldiers.

3. The Stranger – Albert Camus

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

(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.

4. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

(As featured in 8 Top Contenders For The Best Book You’ll Ever Read)

The Name of the Wind is very well written. The characters are real, the action is convincing and it has a compelling story to tell.

One of the best things about this book is that the magic is absolutely rooted in the book’s world. Nothing seems contrived; the consistency is excellent and the world is believable.

5. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

(As featured in 10 Most Heartbreaking Must Read Books Ever Written)

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.

6. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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

The epic adventure of Edmond Dantès and how he spent 14 years in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit, will keep you hooked to the point where your friends and family will be concerned for your well-being. This story takes you through the journey of Edmond Dante, the boy growing up to become The Count Of Monte Cristo.

7. Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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

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.

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

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

(As featured in 10 Greatest Fantasy Books)

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”.

This book will be the only fantasy book you’ll ever need to read, if you only read one.

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

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

While often embarrassing in a public place, laughing out loud while reading is an example of pure pleasure that so rarely occurs that any author capable of producing this effect should be commended. Douglas Adams is such an author.

10. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

10 Books You Must Read Before You Die

(As featured in 8 Best Books You Were Forced To Read In School)

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.