With school being finished and not having any homework to worry about I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied. So I’ve been taking online courses and trying to read more frequently in an attempt to challenge myself intellectually. Over the past year I’ve been creating a list of books I must read over the next year. So far I have come up with 5 books I want to read. I have already finished one while I am currently working on # 2.
For today’s challenge I decided to share my book list and why I selected each title.
1) 1984 – George Orwell (Currently reading)
I’ve been wanting to read this book for years. Orwell’s version of a dystopian future, where society is controlled by a tyrannous party headed by Big brother and individual freedom and thought are a considered a criminal act. Orwell’s vision of the future seems all to real in today’s world of everyday surveillance, and public mind control through the media.
2) Not wanted on the Voyage – Timothy Findlay (Completed)
A retelling of Noah and the Great flood. This story was compelling, emotional, and an excellent perspective on the well known biblical tale. Be warned, those with strong religious beliefs will likely be offended by the story. But for those like myself it’s a sad, yet hilarious read.
3) The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
One of the world’s more well known books about the holocaust, I’ve been meaning to read through this story for years. I’ve attempted to on one occasion but struggled with this window into one of the worst atrocities ever committed in human history. This young woman’s powerful, beautifully written diary about her struggles with everyday life while in constant fear of being captured has made this one of the hardest books I’ve ever attempted to finish. I plan on finishing this right after I complete 1984.
4) The War of the worlds – H. G. Wells
I’ve seen the movie(s), the homages and all the other similar style stories that were inspired by this science fiction classic. Most of the pop culture I love has been influenced by this book even in a small way. Yet I’ve never actually read this story. I’ve been dying to read this for a long time but I always ended up putting it on the back burner for another book. I own a copy of it and can’t wait to cross this one off my must read list.
A term that has now become a part of everyday language. A “Catch 22″ as defined by wikipedia, is a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule. This story has been recommended by many people I know as a must read. Listed repeatedly as one of the greatest literary works of the 21st century and notable for its humorous and satirical take on a mans struggle to survive in the face of an no win scenario. I hear it’s a good laugh on such a serious subject and look forward to giving this one a go.
Thanks for taking the time to read today’s post. I know its only 5 must read books so far, but I figured keep the list small and when finished start a new one. Based on what I have shared today, I’d love to hear from you readers any recommendations for books you may have read.
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