We love reading and discovering new characters, new histories, and glimpses of past with the help of the novels in our library. Some books are already considered classic, some are newer, but all of them deserve to be on your reading list. Find out which books are recommended for your enjoyment before you reach 30.
1. „Anna Karenina” by Lev Tolstoi
Lev Tolstoy’s classic novel which tells the story of a doomed love and it is one of the most admired novels in the world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky. “Anna Karenina” is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman who is the main character and the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.
2. „Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This classic novel tells the story of a poverty-stricken Raskolnikov who is a brilliant student and who ends up devising a theory about extraordinary men like himself being above the law. He then sets out to prove his theory by murdering a vile, cynical old pawnbroker and her sister. What happens next you will find out what by reading the exquisite classic novel of Dostoyevsky.
3. “The Red and the Black” by Stendhal
The novel written by Stendhal tells the story of ambitious and handsome Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life-by adopting the code of hypocrisy by which his society operates. “The Red and the Black” is a lively, satirical picture of French Restoration society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed, and ennui.
4. “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo
The French, romantic author, Victor Hugo, has written a novel which captures the dramatic story of Jean Valjean, the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. This classic novel actually represents a canvas upon which Victor Hugo criticizes the French political and judicial systems at the time. The portrait of the characters is really emotional and encompasses an extravagant spectacle of life which touches the heart.
5. “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert
Another French author, Gustave Flaubert, takes us in the world of Emma Bovary. The novel tells the story of a French bourgeois lady who married thinking she will enjoy a life of luxury and passion which she reads about in sentimental novels popular during her time and in women’s magazines. Her illusions are deceived as Charles, Emma’s husband, is a simple country doctor and the provincial life isn’t at all passionate as the imagination of Emma has hoped for.
6. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice” is one of the best comedies of manners ever written and it is one of the most popular novels of all time. The story revolves around the splendid civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet. The drawing rooms intrigues portrayed in the novel are simply delicious.
7. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brönte
Charlotte Brönte’s novel tells us the story of an orphaned Jane Eyre who after being subjected to the cruel regime of her aunt, is being send up at a charity school. After graduating, she takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
8. “The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James
Henry James wrote a novel about a beautiful, spirited young American lady named Isabel Archer who is brought to Europe. What is being expected of her is to get married, but Isabel resolved to determine her own fate and doesn’t hesitate to refuse two eligible suitors. She ends up being in love with Gilbert Osmond who is really beneath her charm and cultivation.
9. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In 1922, Fitzgerald announced his decision to write something new, something extraordinary and indeed he did so with this amazing novel. This novel is being considered Fitzgerald’s finest work and it is certainly the book he is best known for. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology.
10. “Mrs. Dalloway” by Virginia Woolf
Mrs Dalloway is a novel by Virginia Woolf that details a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, a fictional high-society woman in post-World War I England. It is one of Woolf’s best-known novels. With an interior perspective, the story travels forwards and back in time and in and out of the characters’ minds to construct an image of Clarissa’s life and of the inter-war social structure.
11. “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes’ novel is the iconic story of chivalric romance. The main character, Don Quixote explores the world accompanied by his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.
12. “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville
Over a century after its publication, this novel is an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself.
13. “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brönte
Emily Brönte’s novel is a wild and passionate story of the intense love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a man who was adopted in the childhood by Catherine’s father. After Catherine’s father dies, Heathcliff is humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and leaves his childhood home wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated.
14. “1984” by George Orwell
Written in 1948, this novel was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. Though his prophecy didn’t precisely accomplish in 1984, Orwell’s story is timelier than ever. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions. The novel represents a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
15. “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens
The novel tells the story of a young man’s adventures on his amazing journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation. Among the characters in the novel, the young man encounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his amazing aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble, but treacherous Uriah Heep, and frivolous, enchanting Dora.
16. “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe
We all dream about escaping our monotonous lives and just venture somewhere exotic, far away from civilization. Here you have a novel which describes just that, the survival of a man on a deserted island with only few means and some objects he managed to rescue from the remains of his ship. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language.
17. “In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust
With this one of a kind novel, Proust attempted the perfect rendering of life in art, of the past recreated through memory. It is both a portrait of the artist and a discovery of the way by which the portrait is painted. This novel had an immense influence on the literature of the twentieth century.
18. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
Considered a book for children, but still full of mysteries, the author invites his readers to journey together with Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of absurdities and no logic. The land where Alice ventured in is a land with no boundaries, where eating mushrooms will make you grow or shrink, croquet is played with flamingos and an absurd Queen of Hearts is obsessed with the phrase: “Off with their heads!”.
19. “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien
You cannot see the movies without having the thirst and curiosity to read the books. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s 1937 children’s fantasy novel “The Hobbit”, but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in different stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II. It is the second best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold.
20. “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco
The novel is one of crime and mystery and the action takes place in 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville is being sent over to investigate the accusations. From here to the most interesting things that happen at night is just one step.
21. “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The title of this novel evokes the sensitivity and passion of youth, and also the suffering of the artist, the idea that love is a feeling to die for when not reciprocated by the other party. Embraced, especially by the sensitive young who still dream about a fairytale love, this novel represents the expression of the most romantic soul described in the literature.
22. “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin
This amazing verse novel is the masterpiece of the poet Alexander Pushkin whom Russians regard as the founder of their literature. The action of this novel takes place in Russia and follows the fates of three men and three women. The novel offers to its reader many literary, autobiographical and philosophical digressions of the author.
23. “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac
This novel represents a chronic of the author’s traveling years through North America, accompanied by his friend, Neal Cassady. In the novel we discover the author’s love for America, his compassion, his humanity and his outstanding sense of language.
24. “Old Goriot” by Honoré de Balzac
This novel is one of the best known novels signed by Balzac and represents the tragic story of a father who loves very much his two daughters, but precisely this love leads to his personal and financial ruin. Actually, the story behind the novel wants to criticize the entire background of a society driven by ambition to climb the social leather and lust for money.
25. “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas
You cannot pass through life without reading at least once this famous novel which is one of the most popular historical romances ever written. The novel tells the story of a young Gascon gentlemen who aspires to become a musketeer and his three musketeer friends, Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
26. “The Stranger” by Albert Camus
The novel of Albert Camus tells the story of an absolutely ordinary man who is drawn in a murder which took place on an Algerian beach. From here to facing the absurd of his situation, Albert Camus explores the deep psychology of a human being facing a murder he didn’t want to commit.
27. “The Trial” by Franz Kafka
This novel of Kafka brings us face to face with the terrifying tale of a respectable functionary in a bank who gets arrested. The character needs to defend his innocence against an absurd charge he isn’t able to get any information about. This novel has placed in the pages of a book the nightmare of modern bureaucracy.
28. “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Remarque
The First World War has marked more than just a generation. The novel focuses on the story of youthful and enthusiastic Paul Bäumer and his classmates who get enrolled and face the horrors of war. The only thought Paul holds is the intense desire to come out of the war alive.
29. “Dr Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak
The novel presents the epic tale about the effects of the Russian Revolution and its effect upon a bourgeois family. The book was not published in the Soviet Union until 1987.The book quickly became an international best-seller.
30. “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift
There is no child or adult who will not read this funny, yet peculiar novel with great joy. After a shipwreck catastrophe, the main character meets the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos who give him some insights on human behavior.
31. “My Name Is Red” by Orhan Pamuk
When a novel like this Turkish masterpiece whose author has won the Nobel Prize in 2006, starts with a chapter entitled “I Am a Corpse”, you just feel you’re in for something amazing. Each chapter features a different narrator telling the mystery story of a murder and its circumstances from his own point of view.
32. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez
One of the best and most enduring novels of the 20th century, this masterpiece is the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind.
33. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov
This novel is the author’s most famous and controversial work. The book represents actually a meditation upon love as hallucination, love seen as madness and love as a transformation of human character and spirit. The story revolves around aging Humbert who falls in love in the most obsessive way with the teenager Dolores.
34. “The Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger
Since the novel’s debut in 1951, Holden Caulfield, the main character, has been synonymous with the type of “cynical adolescent”. The teenager Holden tells his own story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life. The slang used in the novel by the teenage boy sounds edgy even today.
35. “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera
The novel tells the story of a young woman who falls in love with a successful surgeon, a man who is caught up between his love for her and between his incorrigible womanizing. This novel is a major achievement from one of the world’s truly great writers. This magnificent novel talks about passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompassing the extremes of comedy and tragedy.
36. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
This novel truly represents the great American novel which mustn’t be missed by a passionate reader. It was first intended to be a simple story of a boy’s adventures in Mississippi Valley as a sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, but the book grew in the author’s hand into a work of great richness and complexity.
37. “Tom Jones” by Henry Fielding
The novel is a story of growing up, of changing, of great passion. When Tom is banished from his adoptive home to make his own fortune, Sophia, the girl whom he loves, follows him to London to escape an arranged marriage and thus, the adventure begins. The novel represents a vivid panorama of eighteenth-century life, spiced with danger and intrigue.
38. “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. The novel is a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance and, what is more, a tale about the dangers of taking science a little too far.
39. “Ulysses” by James Joyce
The novel has been labeled in the past as dirty, blasphemous and even unreadable. Still, none of these etiquettes do the novel justice. The book has remained a modernist masterpiece in which James Joyce took vulgarity and lyricism to splendid extremes.
40. “The War of the Worlds” by HG Wells
When HG Wells conceived the story of a Martian attack on England, planes weren’t yet invented. Flying machines and unearthly creatures armed with heat-rays and strange fighting machines landed on English soil and became an immediate menace to the human race.
41. “Tess of the D’Urberville” by Thomas Hardy
The novel tells the story of a young peasant woman descendant of a noble family and who, after finding out about her inheritance, changes the course of her life. She leaves her old home and meets one of her new found relative the ruthless Alec d’Uberville. It is a story about hope and disappointment, rejection and enduring love.
42. “Middlemarch” by George Eliot
The novel has the subtitle “A Study of Provincial Life” and the story is set in a fictitious place called Middlemarch as the book’s own title. The time frame is 1830 and 1832 and the story comes with multiple plots and many characters. If you want to travel back in time, here’s the book for you!
43. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley
Imagine a far, far future in which the World Controllers as they are called in the book, have finally created an ideal society. There are now genetic laboratories everywhere in which the human race has been brought to perfection. If this isn’t scary enough for you, we would suggest you read the entire novel.
44. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
This novel represents a wonderful piece of literature, it features interesting characters and wonderful built prose. However prepare yourself for disappointment if you will want to find out from the book how to actually kill a mockingbird.
45. “The Sound and the Fury” by William Faulkner
The novel brings us in the heart of a tragedy, the Compson family tragedy and we can recall from the book some great character as beautiful and rebellious Caddy, for instance. This is considered to be Faulkner’s masterpiece and remains one of the most memorable novels of the twentieth century.
46. “Sons and Lovers” by D.H. Lawrence
This is the novel which shows us what is the emotional source of D.H. Lawrence’s ideas. The novel presents the story of Paul Morel, caught between all consuming passion, sexual love and great expectations.
47. “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison
The novel was first published in 1952, recognized as a masterpiece and changed the shape of the American literature in an instant. It is both a passionate journey through what the human race has the worst and it also gives a new model on how novels can be shaped as.
48. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell
The novel which appeared in 1945 is a satire addressed to communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union. It tell the story of a group of farm animals which are getting tired of their servitude to man, revolt and establish their own society leaded by the pigs.
49. “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell
Do you remember the film? Well the film was made after the book with the same title. We guess there is no need for other presentations of the novel as we all remember Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler.
50. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding
The author of this novel comes with a very compelling story about a group of ordinary little boys who end up on a coral island. At first, it seems that this new situation is fun, but the fun soon turn into a nightmare as panic and death are just around the coral.
51. “All the King’s Men” by Robert Penn Warren
The novel isn’t just your ordinary classic, political novel, but a tale of power and corruption in the American Depression time. The story also revolves around goodness which rises in a sinful world.
52. “To The Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf
This is the novel which established Virginia Woolf as a leading writer. It is a novel which presents three powerfully charged visions upon life of one family living in a summer house in Scotland. It can make you think about the silent space which separates people leaving together and still feeling a certain emptiness of soul.
53. “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer
This is a novel which is part of the American literature canon. It is considered to be one of the best and most interesting novel having a view upon the event which marked history and so many people, the Second World War.
54. “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton
The novel is the winner of Pulitzer Prize in 1921 and it is a quite magnificent portrait of the Golden Age society in old New York. The main character is torn between dutiful love and violent passion and if you choose to read the book you will find out which feelings wins in the end.
55. “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway
How could we ever forget Hemingway’s amazing characters, Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley? The novel represents a poignant view upon disillusionment and ennui of the post First World War generation.
56. “The World According to Garp” by John Irving
This is the comic and compassionate novel which established its author as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. It was a bestseller from its first publication in 1978, being filled with inside jokes, stories and commentaries about the life and time of its main character.
57. “Clarissa” by Samuel Richardson
One of the longest novels in English literature, “Clarissa” is a story of a young woman pressured into an arranged marriage by her own family. It first appeared in 1747, being also translated in French and German and remaining one of the greatest European novels.
58. “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman” by Laurence Sterne
The novel is the great masterpiece of Laurence Sterne a book filled with humor and rich satire, making it difficult to actually categorize it as part of a certain literary current. It is part novel and part digression revolving around the birth and life of the main character, Tristram Shandy.
59. “Dangerous Liaisons” by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
We think you have already recognized the title as the subject of major film and stage adaptations. We just love the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil who seem to be the reincarnation of malice, but if we made you curious, just open up the book.
60. “Emma” Jane Austen
This is a story of a rich, smart and beautiful girl, Emma who is perfectly happy with whom she is and doesn’t seek love and marriage like the girls of her age. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others.
61. “The Charterhouse of Parma” by Stendhal
This amazing novel tells the story of a young aristocrat and his adventures in Napoleon’s army and in the court of Parma. It is very interesting as a history novel if you’re willing to discover more about Napoleon era.
62. “The Count of Monte Christo” by Alexandre Dumas
The novel unveils the story of a young man thrown in prison for a crime he is not guilty for. After he learns about a great treasure and escapes prison, he becomes determined to take revenge on the men responsible for his incarceration.
63. “Vanity Fair” by William Makepeace Thackeray
This novel is one without a hero, first published in 1847 and satirizing the early 19th century British society. The book has inspired many film adaptations and is considered a classic.
64. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins
This novel is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.
65. “Little Women” by Louisa M. Alcott
It is a novel describing how in the 19th century America tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is gone to war.
66. “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This is a philosophical novel set in 19th century Russia which debates certain issues like how God and religion are to be regarded, what is the role of free will in the life of the human race and what happens to morality. It is a novel set against a modernizing country.
67. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde
The novel is a story of a fashionable young man who decides to sell his soul for eternal youth and beauty. It is written in a most dazzling manner which has made Oscar Wilde famous.
68. “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London
The novel which was first published in 1903, is regarded as Jack London’s masterpiece. The books is based on its author’s own experience as a gold prospector in Canada’s wilderness.
69. “Journey to the End of the Night” by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
This novel is filled with passion, anger and revulsion towards the hypocrisy of society. The book was published in France in 1932 and soon became a success not only in Europe, but in America, too.
70. “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler
When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.
71. “The Pursuit Of Love” by Nancy Mitford
It seems that very few English families of the 20th century enjoyed this novel which satirizes British aristocracy and their amorous adventures. If you enjoy British aristocracy drama and passionate stories, you will definitely enjoy this novel, too.
72. “The Plague” by Albert Camus
This novel comes with a gripping tale of human horror, survival and resilience and describes the way humankind confronts death. In a coastal town in North Africa the plague begins as a series of portents and gradually becomes an omnipresent reality.
73. “Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Connor
This is the author’s first novel, a classic of 20th century literature. It is a story of Hazel Motes, a young man in a struggle without end against his desperate faith.
74. “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White
A children’s book about a little girl named Fern whom, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig Wilbur from the usual fate of fat pigs.
75. “Atonement” by Ian McEwan
It is a fantastic novel of war and love, childhood, guilt and forgiveness. The novel is really well written and it can be considered one of the best English proses. The book was adapted in film with the same title staring Keira Knightley.
76. “Austerlitz” by W. G. Sebald
It is a tale of personal emotional repression becomes a metaphor for Europe’s smothered past. Sebald wittily explores the tricks of time and space, unearthing Europe as an unconscious palimpsest.
77. “Behind the Scenes at the Museum” by Kate Atkinson
The main character begins telling the story of her life and takes us in a journey through the eyes of an English girl who wants to learn about her family and all their secrets. The novel is truly exciting and we enjoyed very much.
78. “Eugenie Grandet” by Honore de Balzac
This novel is one of the earliest and most famous of Balzac’s. The Grandet household, oppressed by the master himself, is being jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugénie’s cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless.
79. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens
This is a timeless classic novel and Pip is already a character who entered in history as the most dreamer character from literature. Pip is sure he knows the identity of his secret benefactor who sends him to London to become a real gentleman. He couldn’t be more surprised when he finds that he’s been mistaken all along.
80. “The Vatican Cellars” by Andre Gide
The novel tells the story of an alleged Pope abduction. The plot is even more complicated by means of a weird coincidence when Gide’s hero decided to commit a murder by pushing a man out of a moving train. We find in this novel several types of character such as the aristocratic author, the atheist turned into a believer, the con artists of Rome and the golden hearted whore.
81. “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce
This novel is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce which was released in 1916. It is written in a modernist style, tracing the intellectual and philosophical awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of the author.
82. “Buddenbrooks” by Thomas Mann
The novel was first published in Germany in 1901 when the author was a young man of only 26. It is the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany facing the changes brought by modernity.
83. “A Married Man” by Piers Paul Read
The main character, John Strickland, is a middle-aged married barrister, with two children. The family is staying with the parents of the wife at their house in Norfolk. After reading the novel of Tolstoy, “The Death of Iven Illych”, John Strickland is faced with a mid-life crisis.
84. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” by Lionel Shriver
This is a wonderful novel about a woman named Eva who never really wanted to become a mother, and certainly not the mother of a little monster who ends up killing seven of his school colleagues, a cafeteria worker and a teacher. The novel is a series of direct correspondence between Eva and her estranged husband.
85. “Angel” by Elizabeth Taylor
This is a story of Angel, a fifteen-year-old girl who retreats in a world of romance escaping from the ennui of the provincial life. She is destined to become a great author, renowned and rich.
86. “The Death of the Heart” by Elizabeth Bowen
This novel is one of the best known Elizabeth Bowen’s books. The book reveals to us an author who combines humor with human motivation and cynicism of conventional society.
87. “Vilette” by Charlotte Brönte
One of the most refined and deep books, this novel talks about the main character’s loneliness after the death of her three siblings. Lucy Snowe, the narrator of Villette,flees from an unhappy past in England to begin a new life as a teacher at a French boarding school in the great cosmopolitan capital of Villette.
88. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote
We all remember the film and the seductive, yet innocent Holly Golightly whose name has entered the American idiom. Her passion for Tiffany’s has surrounded the world influencing many generations of young women to dream about the luxury store in New York.
89. “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” by Milan Kundera
This novel is the novel that made Milan Kundera’s name known in the entire world in the late 1970’s. This novel is most of all valuable thanks to its historical implications.
90. “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is a contemporary author who gained some fame in the past years and whom we recommend for those of you who like weird love stories with deep psychological implications. Toru, a quiet young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend some years back.
91. “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje
This novel is the winner of Booker Prize and traces the intersection of four different lives destroyed by the occurrence of the Second World War. The characters who live together are Caravaggio, the thief; Hana, the nurse; Kip, the wary sapper and last, but not least, the nameless, burned man whom they call the English patient.
92. “Bonjour Tristesse” by Francoise Sagan
The Mediterranean Sea is close and the main character, 17 years old Cécile feels melancholic. From passion and love, she only knows only the kisses and the casual dates. The year is 1954.
93. “The Reader” by Benhard Schlink
We all remember the fantastic film starring Kate Winslet and her character the beautiful, yet lonely Hanna. When 15 years old Michael Berg falls ill on the street, he is saved by Hanna, a woman twice his age. They end up being lovers before Hanna disappears without an explanation.
94. “Love Story” by Eric Segal
We remember with great emotions the adaptation of this book from 1970. It is a love story between Oliver Barrett, a rich young man, and Jenny Cavilleri, an intelligent young woman, belonging to the working class and studying music at Radcliffe.
95. “Music and Silence” by Rose Tremain
The action of the book is set in 17th century describing the masterfully orchestrated romance of point and counterpoint: loyalty and deception…tenderness and violence… music and silence, as the title says.
96. “First Love” by Ivan Turgenev
It is tale of first love, a 16 year old boy who falls in love with a beautiful, older woman and experiences the whirlwind of changing emotions, from exaltation and jealousy to despair and devotion.
97. “Revolutionary Road” by Richard Yates
Frank and April Wheeler seem to be the model couple: beautiful, energetic, talented, having two young children. Appearances remain appearances as the entire family construction seems to be crumbling. The book adaptation starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo di Caprio is simply wonderful.
98. “Mother” by Maxim Gorky
The book is one of the best known works of Maxim Gorky, being the story of the radicalization of an uneducated woman. She later became the model for the socialist female characters.
99. “Sophie’s Choice” by William Styron
The book contains three stories: a young man dreaming to be a writer; a turbulent passion between a Jew and a beautiful Polish; and an awful story of the past, that of Sophie who is obliged by the Nazi to choose between her two children.
100. “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne
The eccentric Professor Liedenbrock embarks upon the strangest expedition of the 19th century: a journey down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the Earth’s very core.
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