10 books that belong in any personal library


Worlds Made of Words: 10 Books That Belong in Any Personal Library 
The rewards that a brilliant book can offer are unfathomable. A great novel or story can make an impact on a reader for the rest of his or her life. Here is a magnificent list, spanning several decades, of books that every adult should have on his or her bookshelf.

The Wasteland, by T.S. Eliot
Published in 1922, Eliot makes a shift from prophecy to parody — The Wasteland is an extremely ambiguous and hauntingly beautiful poem that changes speakers constantly. In search of redemption, the human soul travels through time and shifts locations. This book is known for its elaborate metrical scheme — no other poem can compare to this masterpiece.

The Tally, by E.G. Wolverson
Published in 2012, The Tally is written for the generation that has relied on student loans in order to pay for college. A real, weird, surreal, comedic look at a horror that many young adults will face soon enough.

The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy
Published in 1998, this novel is set in India. The novel follows a three generation family and their toils that become even more distraught when two cousins arrive for a visit on Christmas. The family find that everything can become worse within a day of misery.

Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Published in 1866, this book deals with immorality and mental disturbances of a man that concocts a plan to kill a sinister pawnbroker for her money. It’s as good as it sounds.

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Published in 1982, this is the story of a young black woman’s tumultuous life. Celie withstands both being raped by her father and being given to another abuser who terrorizes her — and having endured everything, she attempts to save her sister from the same abuse. A testament to strong black women everywhere.

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
Published in 2002, Gladwell speaks of how change can happen quickly and unexpectedly. His book examines the reasons our lives are affected by major and minor problems and how social epidemics can cause chaos.

1984, George Orwell
Published in 1949, this is a very chilling prophecy about our future. Orwell brings to life a resilient and precise rendering of things to come. There is no one that can deny how powerful he envisions the world that he creates or how convincingly he constructs his analogies.

The most intense and imaginative times in our lives are between the pages of a satisfying novel. To capture one’s attention for hours takes skill and determination. The books above will engross you for a lifetime.

Frieda George reads whenever she can, and she hopes she never stops. She is a contributing writer at http://www.travelinsurance.org.

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