10 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Turn 30

There are many books in the world: interesting and not very, that can teach us something and those that are designed exclusively to entertain us. But there are many lists of the best books and works that every self-respecting person should read.

Today we present to your attention 10 books to read before 30:

 Jerome D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye.

It became a turning point in the history of world literature. The title of the book became the code for many generations of young rebels from the beatniks and hippies to representatives of modern radical youth movements.

Ray Bradburry, Fahrenheit 451.

It is the temperature at which paper ignites and burns. Bradbury’s philosophical dystopia paints a bleak picture of the development of post-industrial society: this is the world of the future, in which all written publications are mercilessly destroyed by a special squad of firefighters, and the possession of books is punishable by law.

Leo Tolstoy, “War and Peace”.

The greatest epic that won fame all over the world. Hundreds of heroes caught in the ruthless flow of time, and hundreds of destinies milled by large-scale historical events. Generations and epochs change, and reading “War and Peace” still gives us the delight of knowing the simple and complex truths of life.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.

January 1939. Germany. A country that held its breath. Death has never had so much work to do. And there will be even more. Mother takes nine-year-old Liesel Meminger and her younger brother to foster origins near Munich, because their dad is no great there – he was sent away by the wind of the unusual and new word “radical”, and in the eyes of the mother, the girl sees fear of the same fate. On the way, death visits the boy and for the first time notices Liesel. So the girl finds herself on Himmelstrasse – Heavenly Street.

Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis”.

Franz Kafka is the strangest figure in 20th-century European literature. Critics rank him among all literary movements, in turn, calling him the founder of absurdism, magical realism, modernism, and the predecessor of the existentialists. His characters are looking for answers to unasked questions, wandering in a fog, on the verge of reality, emptiness, and horror.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.

The abyss of passions, love and betrayal, birth and death, the eternal search for the meaning of life, the moral ideal, the hidden laws of life.

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) is one of the most talented representatives of English romanticism and realism. The writer with amazing brightness and truthfulness portrayed everything that she had to see and feel.l “Jane Eyre” (1847) brought her worldwide fame.

Antoine Saint-Exupery, “The Little Prince”.

This book can be read at any age and any number of times, discovering something new. The most famous work of Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a wise philosophical cult about the most important things:

  • love;
  • fidelity;
  • beauty;
  • understanding.

Exupery wrote it for those who can understand that “you cannot see the most important thing with your eyes – only the heart is sharp-sighted.”

George Orwell, 1984.

A kind of antipode to the second great dystopia of the XX century – “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. What, in essence, is more terrible: the “consumer society” brought to the point of absurdity – or the “society of ideas” brought to the absolute?

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita.

“Lolita” is the most recognized masterpiece of world literature of the 20th century. “Lolita” caused a scandal on both sides of the ocean and at the same time lifted the author to the top of the literary Olympus.

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