TOP 13 Books You Need to Read Before You Die!


What are the thirteen books you need to read before you die? This top 13 list gives you the lowdown on classics, new discoveries and hidden gems. Check out the list and get reading!

13. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Bestselling author and world-renowned habit expert James Clear distills years of research into 26 easy-to-follow habits, and shows you how to adopt them in ways that fit seamlessly into your life. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. They are simple actions we take without thinking , but they have the power to transform our lives. Atomic Habits reveals a set of breakthrough practices that will help you stop procrastinating, become more motivated, be more productive, sleep better, feel less stressed, have more energy, remember more , and improve your health. By making small changes in tiny habit loops, we can break through barriers that keep us from achieving our goals. As James Clear writes (in a way anyone can understand), “Habits aren’t destiny – they are a choice.”

A groundbreaking method to transform your life by acquiring new habits. Based on the latest in science, Atomic Habits shows you how small improvements in your daily routine can lead to remarkable results over time.


12. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is Paolo Coelho’s most famous book. Paulo Coelho, is an internationally-renowned novelist, world traveler and poet. This book has remained on bestseller lists for over a decade, and has been translated into 67 languages worldwide. It is a parable that follows the journey of a shepherd boy named Santiago as he journeys from Andalucia in Spain to North Africa in search of treasure buried in the Egyptian pyramids. Along the way he meets the alchemist, who helps him on this quest. The Alchemist is full of insightful lessons about achieving your dreams and discovering your life’s purpose — which will resonate with readers for years after its initial reading.

A journey of the soul, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd boy on a magical adventure to the pyramids of Egypt, where he meets a Merchant who will teach him about the ways of the world. Inspired by the legend of Alexander the Great, this modern classic is an inspiring fable about following your dreams and finding your destiny.


13.The Woman in The Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is the story of Anna Fox, a woman who spends her day drinking wine, watching old movies, and spying on her neighbours. Her windows look out upon a backyard and street—and if she stretches to reach her window-cleaning ladder at the right moment, she might catch a glimpse of a man going into an old house across the street….

An ingenious thriller of “smoking gun” intensity, The Woman in the Window is a chilling Hitchcockian tale of obsession, betrayal and secrets that will keep you guessing until the final pages. Every day, Anna Fox looks out her window and watches her neighbours. She’s never spoken to them, but they’ve become her family. One day, she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until she loses sight of it, but she’s sure of what — or more exactly who — she saw. Anna’s absolutely certain about what she saw that night: a young woman with long dark hair being led into the house next door by another woman with short blond hair . . . a woman who looks just like Anna.


12. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

From the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, here is a concise, highly readable account of the entire span of human history. The story of our species is one filled with drama and intrigue, from our origins on the plains of Africa to the cultivation of rice in China and the invention of Esperanto in Europe. Over the course of thirteen chapters, Yuval Noah Harari examines our past while offering readers a crystal-clear perspective on what distinguishes us from all other creatures: our ability to create ever more complex collective systems – and to believe in them absolutely. The old gods have faded away, but new gods await. Who will we worship?

Yuval Noah Harari’s international bestseller Sapiens is a sweeping narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution. The follow-up to 2014’s Homo Deus, it focuses on the story of Homo sapiens – how their capabilities have enabled them to survive, colonise every corner of the planet, and create an all-encompassing world. Acknowledging our remarkable achievements on the one hand, Sapiens warns that the story may not end well. Could our dominance be just a passing phase?


11. Becoming by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, dressed us down (but always stylishly) and charmed the world with her humility, sense of humor and determination to restore we’re [sic] to its original meaning: ‘for all,’ not some

Becoming is the story of a wife, mother, and professional. It follows her journey from childhood through her years as First Lady—a story that is deeply personal, yet universally appealing. From becoming a managing director at a top consulting firm in Chicago, to dedicating herself to her daughters and serving the community, Michelle writes about her experiences with honesty and insight. Through it all shines a woman with an unshakeable capacity for wonder: for the world around her, for the people she’s met, for all she has learned, and for all she has yet to discover


10. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

The Twilight Saga Books: The Twilight Saga is a series of five novels, published by Little Brown, written by Stephenie Meyer. The main character of the series is Bella Swan, a young woman who moves to Forks, Washington and attends Forks High School. It was later published because of its immense popularity after its release on August 2nd, 2005. It has also been adapted into three motion pictures, the first of which was released on November 21st, 2008 in theatres across America.

A young woman risks everything to be with the man she loves. Facing opposition from her conservative father and her complex relationship with her mother, Bella leaves home to attend a secretarial school in Phoenix. There she meets Edward Cullen, a seemingly ordinary boy. But the romantic attraction she feels is so intense that Bella can’t help but be drawn to him. She soon learns he is far from ordinary–Edward’s family is a family of vampires. This first thrilling installment of the Twilight Saga tells the story of Bella’s struggle to resist overwhelming passion and the startling secrets about Edward’s past that threaten their future together.


9. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the Tina Fey fan in your life? Look no further than Bossypants. Hailed by bestselling authors and readers alike, this hilarious addition to the New York Times bestselling collection will have you praying for a sequel before you’re done with the first chapter. For fans of this comedy genius, Bossypants is a must-have piece of literature.

From NBC’s weekend “Saturday Night Live” coanchor and creator of the long-running hit show “30 Rock,” Tina Fey toasts her hilarious journey to the top—a story of “bad hair, inappropriate captions, and high-octane public humiliation.” Equally skilled in comedy and drama, Tina Fey is one of the richest talents in show business today. This memoir reveals how she got that way, with a keen sense of what makes people laugh.


8. 1984 by George Orwell

Written in 1949, 1984 became both a best seller and an instant classic, selling millions of copies in forty-four languages. This edition has been approved by the author’s widow, Sonia Orwell. Big Brother is watching you. It was a shining truth for anyone living under George Orwell’s omnipresent and seemingly omnipotent government of Oceania, where thought criminals like Winston Smith were vaporized without trial, history must be constantly rewritten to suit the interests of the all-powerful state…

Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of the most important political novels of all time. Orwell’s terrifyingly precise prophecy of the world we were becoming — control through technology, the manipulation of our language and mass surveillance, the relentless destruction of privacy — was so far ahead of its time that it was initially met with bewilderment, then disbelief, and eventually ignored.


7. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The words that inspired generations in a medium that preserves them for all time. An international bestseller, Meditations has inspired readers since its publication in the early seventeenth century. This timeless collection of personal writings, addressed to the reader as “spirit,” was written between 170 and 180 and compiled posthumously by Marcus’ secretary Terentius. By turns whetting the appetite, moving, and shocking, Aurelius’s thoughts are committed to memory by generations of new fans. This book is for those who have come to hear his voice—a voice that speaks across barriers of time and space, through civilizations and generations.

World-renowned bestselling author, speaker and humanitarian Marcus Aurelius put this book together as a collection of personal writings consisting of passages from his journal and letters, as well as other observations from philosopher’s’ like Epictetus. Meditations is also an example of his philosophical writings, where he deals with death, life’s upheavals and becoming a better person.


6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What happens when pride and prejudice clash? Jane Austen’s timeless novel of love, misunderstanding and marriage among the gentry in 19th-century England offers plenty of lessons for today. This Signet Classic brings Austen’s work to a new generation.

Pride and Prejudice is the product of Jane Austen’s imagination: its realism, humour, romance, social observation and insight into the workings of the human heart have made it one of the most popular novels of all time.


5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

An outrageously funny, brilliantly vivid, and deliciously satisfying novel about family, friendship, culture clash, and loves lost and found-from Kevin Kwan, the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians.

Following the outrageously funny bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians, this tale is a lavish yet intimate look at the glittering world of Asia’s most privileged families. Nick Young is ready to marry his true love, the exquisite Chinese-American economics professor Rachel Chu. But his plans are derailed when he learns that his family has chosen for him an arranged marriage with someone who’s almost a complete stranger——Astrid Lingren, the daughter of a family friend and one of the most sought-after bachelorettes in Asia. As Rachel waits for Nick on the sidelines, she grows bolder, drawing the scrutiny and wrath of Astrid’s formidable mother, Eleanor. Soon a competition develops between the two women——one that will alter them forever.


4. Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune is a science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, originally published in 1965. It won the 1966 Hugo Award and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel,  and was later adapted into a 1984 film and a 2000 television miniseries.

A masterpiece of science fiction created by Frank Herbert, Dune is the winner of the prestigious Hugo award. Set on an earth-like planet called Arrakis, this novel chronicles the harsh existence of a desert society that bases its economy on the production and export of a highly addictive drug.


3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
 

When Billy Pilgrim is captured by the Germans during the last year of World War II and sent to Dresden to work in a slaughterhouse, he expects the war to be over within weeks. But months pass, and then years, and he learns that he may never return.

Billy Pilgrim, a man of seemingly infinite adventures, somehow survives his wartime experiences and returns to the United States only to be abducted by aliens who send him traveling through time. Hailed as an American classic, Slaughterhouse-Five is a modern war story that has become an essential read.


2. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi tells the fantastical story of Pi Patel, a sixteen-year-old South Indian boy who survives at sea with a tiger for 227 days. Directed by Ang Lee and adapted from the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, this visually stunning adventure earned eleven Oscars including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Pi’s story is destined to become an enduring classic.


But THE TOP BOOK you need to read before you die is …

1. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince is a book that has been incredibly popular since the day it was published in 1943. Fans have cherished Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s wisdom and beautiful way with words for years.

This book at its surface is a classic, slightly melancholic fairy tale that every child should read. But it’s also a book that teaches valuable lessons about life, with a hidden message underneath the story.


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