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10 Best Books for People of All Ages

Updated on September 23, 2014

To me a book to be the best and suitable for people of all ages should have classic and universal appeal. It should have many colors in it rather than focusing on a single issue. A book that captures attention from the start and leads you to the end without letting you feel any burden. Here is a list of books I have chosen from those I have read and re-read again and again because of the beauty of words, emotions, themes and characters. 

The Prophet The most mystic and spiritual novel
The Prophet The most mystic and spiritual novel
A new world invented by J. R. R. Tolkien
A new world invented by J. R. R. Tolkien | Source
 A strongly imaginative novel that forecasts future
A strongly imaginative novel that forecasts future | Source
 Codes and symbols ingeniously decoded
Codes and symbols ingeniously decoded | Source
A historic epic
A historic epic | Source
A Short History of Nearly Everything Learn Science with Fun
A Short History of Nearly Everything Learn Science with Fun
The conscience is always white regardless of the sins you do!
The conscience is always white regardless of the sins you do! | Source
Jane Austen Book Collection
Jane Austen Book Collection
The Kite Runner A tale of hatred, jealousy, anger and redemption
The Kite Runner A tale of hatred, jealousy, anger and redemption
To Kill a Mocking Bird
To Kill a Mocking Bird

10 Best Books of All Time

The Prophet: The Prophet is a master piece by Kahlil Gibran. The Prophet is the most mystic and powerful work of him. It is illustrated with his own drawings that are enchanting and at the same time haunting.

In a timeless place a prophet walks in the deserts. The Prophet has the most spiritual powers as he walks in the sands he invites people to ask for any gift he can give to them; though he possessed nothing. People gather around and ask a question from their own will and he answers each question in most mystic and philosophical manner. The book is a masterpiece because each of its line has a message and a gift for the reader.

Lord of the Rings: The first book in the series which is called as Fellowship of the Ring was first published in 1954. The complete volume was published as a whole in 1968. J. R. R. Tolkien wrote The hobbit before writing Lord of the Rings.

The book and its features cannot be explained in few words. Tolkien wrote a book which is comic, adventurous, homely, epic, romantic, narrative etc. It is a science fiction with so many characters and imageries but each image Tolkien created is completely convincing. With lord of the Ring Tolkien has invented new mythology and hence this book is more than just a book it is a history.

1984: This is a political fiction written by George Orwell in 1949. It has been translated in more than 65 languages, more than nay other novel.

In 1984 George Orwell worked on many themes and these cannot be explained in few words. The novel is strongly imaginative. Ignorance is strength and peace is war in Orwell's novel. 1984 is a novel that has greatly influenced English literature. Many new terms were introduced through it. The cultural and political impact of this novel is also evident. Various movie and TV adaptations have been made of 1984.

The Da Vinci Code: Dan Brown wrote many sci-fiction novels. He is famous for his portrayal of scientific fiction in the most real manner.

The theme of Da Vinci Code as the name suggests is closely related to Leonardo Da Vinci's Paintings, especially The Vitruvian Man. A murder takes place in Louvre Museum Paris and a symbologist is hired to decode the codes and signs that have been left with the dead body. Two religious organizations are involved in it and the symbologist along with a girl finds the clue. The way Dan Brown has linked one fact with another in the novel is amazing and shows his ingenious work. Though novel sounds very close to reality but as it mentions many information about Jesus Christ and his marriage, therefore, it is hugely criticized by the Catholic Church for containing false information.

War and Peace: War and Peace is an epic written by Leo Tolstoy, a Russian novelist. An enormous cast of characters brings life to Tolstoy’s panoramic chronicle of Napoleonic Russia. Originally published in the 1860s.

Tolstoy 's War and Peace is his finest work along with Anna Karenina. He writes about the Napoleon's Invasion in Russia and its effects. This is not only a fiction novel but it has great importance historically. He read great amount of history literature before he wrote this novel and he himself said that he wants to blur the line between fiction and history.

A Short History of Nearly Everything: Bill Bryson wrote and published this book in 2003. Many of his other books including A Short History of Nearly Everything are bestsellers. He knows the art of writing that attracts attention and writes about the mysteries of world in layman's terms.

The book contains loads of facts about the world that surrounds us. Though many writers have wrote about how world created, big bang and the rise of civilization but what differentiates Bryson's book is the manner in which it is written. You would never have read history and science in such light-hearted, full-of-humor style. The book is amazing eye-opener. The very start of the book captivates attention of the reader and through out Bryson has successfully made it interesting yet informative. So this book is for everyone from a fifth grader to a retired person. Through this book you will see the world in a way that most of us have never seen before.

Wuthering Height: Emily Bronte is best known for her only novel Wuthering Height. Along with this novel she wrote few poems that have been survived today. Although on her credit is only one novel but still she is the considered the most passionate, intense and original writer in English literature. She wrote this novel in1847.

Wuthering Heights is a deeply passionate and heartfelt novel. Its a love tragedy. The emotions that have been expressed in this novel are very genuine and close to reality. Rage, humiliation, enmity, envy, revenge and love are all displayed in their true form. This novel contains unparalleled emotional intensity and depth.

Gone With The Wind: Gone With the Wind was first published in 1936. It is a romantic novel written by Margaret Mitchell. The story is set against the background of Georgia and Atlanta during American Civil War.

Crime and Punishment: Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote the masterpiece Crime and Punishment. The novel is about human psychology and how it punishes for the sin we commit in life.

The main theme of the novel is that no human being can be completely bad and there is always a conscience that cannot be peaceful if we commit sin. Raskolnikov suffers because he has committed a sin and he is in conflict with his mind. Though he hid what he has done but his conscience push him to confess it and in the end he confesses his crime. The novel is about the nature of every human being and it tells that deep-down every human being is good but he has to accept what his conscience is saying to him.

Harry Potter Series: This is the most contemporary book on the list. Most of the books in the series are written in the last few years. J. K. Rowling has no other book on her credit. This is her debut series but it made such strong waves that it cannot be ignored in the list.

Most of the books that are included in this list have philosophical depth and intriguing characters but many people believe that Harry Potter Series lacks so. To me people who think that it has no depth might never tried to give it a read. Though the book is about an orphan child but the book contains much more than it One can find every feeling, emotion and flavor of life in this book. The manner of writing is quite new and original to J. K. Rowling. Its a masterpiece and a must read for those who have not read it till yet.


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      Hummingbird5356 4 years ago

      I have read most of these books. This is a good list. You are right about the Prophet. I have that book. It is full of wisdom and it is probably one of the best in your list.

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      gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      They may be long but once you get really into them it seems like they are very tiny books that will finish soon and you don't want to finish them. Though Lord of the Rings Trilogy is a long book but I never got bored rather it was real fun to meet new characters on each page.

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      Many of these books seem too long. War and Peace, Gone with the Wind and Lord of the Rings.

      I actually started Fellowship of the Rings and got bored.

      Read The Davinci Code, liked Angels and Demons much more.

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      Bilalnr 6 years ago from Islamabad, Pakistan

      Nice Hub gulnazahmad!!!!