If you’re anything like the average person, finding the right book for you can be a challenge: there are so many options out there! Here’s a list of some of the best books to choose from. Read on!
Set in South Africa in the time of apartheid, “Tandia” follows the journey of a young man named Peekay, who yearns to bring justice and peace to his country, and Tandia, a young woman who is brutally raped by the police. The sequel to “The Power of One,” written by Bryce Courtenay, “Tandia” provides a thorough history of South African apartheid, and will kindle feelings of peace, gratitude, and love.
If classic literature is your genre, Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” is sure to please. Set in the wintry cold of Northern England, the novel is a perfect holiday read. The gripping story is told by Nelly Dean, a housemaid who observes the interactions of Heathcliff and Catherine, the story’s main characters. Healthcliff and Catherine become best friends as children, and quickly fall in love. They are separated, however, by Catherine’s affiliation with another man. The reader can feel Heathcliff’s pain and loneliness throughout the story. Incorporating some of the most poetic and heartfelt prose of all time, “Wuthering Heights” is a novel that every avid reader should cross off his or her list at some point.
The Hunger Games
If you’re anything like the rest of the world, you’ve probably already been out to see the latest “Hunger Games” movie. But even better than the movies are the books, which will leave you on the edge of your seat, wishing for more. The story takes place in a futuristic world where populations and cities have been destroyed, leaving behind small districts of people controlled by a totalitarian regime. Each year, child tributes from each of the districts must fight to the death in the ‘Hunger Games.’ The gripping tale of Katniss and Peeta, the female and male tributes from District 12, will keep you reading until it’s finished.
Guns, Germs, and Steel
For a non-fiction book sure to boost your worldly knowledge, Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs, and Steel” is the book to turn to. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, the book details the progression of human development, attempting to explain why Eurasian people have survived and thrived while other societies have done so less successfully. Diamond attributes the superior development of Eurasian societies as a result of agriculture, resistance to disease, and the development of language due to geographic advantage rather than genetic superiority. If you’re a history, genealogy, science, or culture buff, you should definitely read this book.
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