”The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”
-Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
The most useful definition of technology I have heard is, “the ability to do more with less.” Books are a powerful technology. We only live one life, but through reading books, we can gain the wisdom from thousands.
If you love reading, here are a five books that that we feel are defining milestones in our literary tradition. Some are well known, others are giant bestsellers. All are well worth reading at least once in your life!
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A novel that explores the tragedy of racism in the 1930s and the dramatics of the ‘Great Depression’, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is a tale that infuses humour and sorrow into a touching story that lives on eternally in the minds of the readers
2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Well, it’s a masterpiece from J.K. Rowling. The stories tell of him overcoming dangerous obstacles to defeat the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort who killed his parents when Harry was 15 months old.
3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands
4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet military intervention, the exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.
5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The book’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny. An old king tells Santiago that “when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true”. This is the core of the novel’s philosophy and a motif that plays all throughout Coelho’s writing in The Alchemist.