Hey readers! Welcome to the page. Today we’re all set to give you the full detailed information about the best novels or the ‘must-reads’ that you’d surely wanna read. These novels are probably the best novels written till now and each one is one of its kind and retains its top spot in the history of literature and bestselling list! Well, it’s a really difficult task to shortlist the best novels being a bookaholic, as you love every novel that you read. Isn’t it? Still, after reading those novels and after a very deep research work, we present you with the list of the best books ever written.
You’ve gotta have a cold heart to rank one novel over the other as everyone is as adorable as the other!
Hope you’d appreciate our work!
PS: You can’t call yourself a bookworm if you haven’t read at least 5 of these 10 best novels!
Best Novels: Top 10 novels ever written
1. 1984 by George Orwell
“Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you, and you sold me.”
Probably the most influencing political novel ever written. 1984 serves as a powerful warning against totalitarian regimes and extreme political ideologies. A strong warning against the absolute state control over the country and even the mindset of the people. 1984 is set in Oceania which is ruled by the dictator, ‘Big Brother’. The dictator and his party dictate the country and the life of its people. There’s nothing such as the ‘private life’ of its citizens as each and everyone is monitored by telescreens set up by the government in their houses. The citizens of Oceania are highly influenced by the ‘fake nationalism’ fabricated by the government. And people blindly follow the ‘big brother’ and the most unwanted thing in Oceania is ‘liberty’. But the protagonist wants a revolution and restore liberty, will he be able to do it?
Wanna read the brief summary? Check out this one-1984 book: Summary, Review, Movie
2. Ulysses by James Joyce
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
A modernist novel, written by James Joyce, the most important work of modern literature indeed. Equally controversial. Amazingly humorous. Ulysses is Latin for Odysseus. Well, you’re surely familiar with Odysseus, the protagonist of the historical epic Odyssey. The novel is quite similar to Homer’s Odyssey. It follows a day in the life of the Dubliner protagonist Stephen Dedalus and his friends Buck Mulligan and Leopold Bloom, the novel discusses the features of Dublin including details that are quite controversial and the relationship between Ireland and Britain, which weren’t quite good then!
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Shoot all the bluejays if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. The novel is set in the 1930s, a time when discrimination, prejudice, and hypocrisy are at their peak in America. Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of the rape of a white woman, the real mockingbird of the novel. Will Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer with dignity, be able to defend him and save the mockingbird from the racial conservative town of Maycomb? Well, the narrator is six-year-old Jean Louise, quite interesting to see these serious issues from the eyes of a six-year-old, isn’t it?
Read the full summary and review at To kill a mockingbird summary, review, movie, price
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
Well, all the best novels written are quite controversial, maybe that’s what makes them so great! And so is Great Gatsby. Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925, it follows the life of a mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby. The novel is full of spirit, set in the Jazz Age, an age of youth, the rise of the American economy, billionaires, and drugs! You won’t believe this but the novel was a failure upon its initial publication, but now considered the ‘Great American Novel’. Aren’t you curious to find out the reason for this transition?
5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”
The ‘Love Laws’- Who should be loved and how much. The debut novel by an Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, won the Booker Prize in 1997. Not every author’s first novel wins a Booker Prize, but this one did, because of its brilliance and the messages that it shares with the readers. It draws attention to casteism, which is quite evident in India. The novel asserts how the ‘small things’ might have major consequences in people’s lives, which is reflected upon by the story of fraternal twins, whose lives are devastated because of the laws that state that everyone shouldn’t be loved equally.
6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
“Nothing that we do is done in vain.”
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. A Tale of Two Cities is a historical drama written by the great Charles Dickens. Lucie Manette, the protagonist, reunites with her father who was imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years, who doesn’t even know her. The novel discusses the story of the French Revolution and the era of Robespierre, the ‘reign of terror.’ Lucie decides to rebuild her life with her father in London, but would the events of revolution and terror spare their lives, or will they end up being the casualty of revolution.
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
“I may die young, but at least I’ll die smart.”
The award-winning debut of probably the most beloved new age author, John Green. Miles Halter, the sixteen-year-old protagonist’s boring and regular life turns into a thriller when he moves to Culver Creek high school and meets extraordinarily talented yet reckless Alaska Young, whom he falls in love at the first sight, but she’s quite a riddle, which he tries to solve. Filled with fun and adventures, and a deep philosophical debate, ‘how to get out of this labyrinth of suffering?’ Making you laugh, cry and think at the same time. How would you answer this question though?
Read the full summary and review at-Looking for Alaska: Book, Summary, web series
8. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
“Most of what matters in our lives takes place in our absence.”
India’s transition from a British Colony to an Independent nation is quite an epic, and so is the partition, which is quite pessimistic. The novel describes the events following the independence of India and the formation of the independent dominion of India and Pakistan. The narrator Saleem Siani is born at midnight on 15th August 1947, he’s born with special powers. Surprisingly, all the children born between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. possess similar powers. They organize the Midnight’s Children Conference, discussing the cultural and political issues faced by India during its early independent era. Saleem had to migrate several times and suffer various wars, and bloodshed. Later, he gets involved in the ‘Emergency’ imposed in India and the infamous cleansing of Jama Masjid’s slum by Sanjay Gandhi, and much much more…
9. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
“Faith – Acceptance of which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove.”
Surely one of the most amazing and chilling mystery thriller novel, and probably the most controversial, which is even banned in many countries! Robert Langdon, the protagonist, and Sophie Neveu set out to find out the murderer of Sophie’s grandfather, the curator of the Louvre Museum, who turns out to be the head of a secret society, the Priory of Sion. This soon turns into a quest to find out and save the most dangerous and most influencing truth, which is enough to shake the world and the whole Christian community. During the quest, they find the secrets of Mary Magdalene, which contradicts the one that’s written in the Bible. Well, the novel is filled with such contradictions, which were enough to create a whole lot of controversy.
Read the full summary and review at-The da vinci code: Summary, review, movie
10. Invisible Man by Ralph Elisson
“When I’ll discover who I am, I’ll be free.”
Invisible Man, written by Ralph Elisson, won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction in 1953 and is ranked among the top 100 best ‘English language novels’ of the 20th Century. It discusses the issues faced by African Americans during the early 20th Century and the adverse consequences faced by them due to the extremist racial policies of Booker T. Washington. And the discrimination faced by the blacks during that time. The protagonist is invisible, not physically, but because he doesn’t have an identity of his own. Would he be visible to the whites, or die without an identity?