How many books have actually touched your life? There are some books that change your life forever. You are never same after you have read these books. If you have a list of the books that touched your heart, then you can be a part of the book bucket challenge. Name the 20 books that have touched you personally and challenge 3 other people to do the same.
Boldsky gives you the first list of novels that have touched hearts and changed people's lives.
To Kill A Mocking Bird: Harper Lee
A little girl remembers her life in an American small town and in those memories, we get a picture of racism, the legal system and a sense of poetic justice. This novel is one of the best books about childhood and growing up that you will ever come across.
Love In The Times Of Cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Most literary critics will argue that 'One Hundred Years Of Solitude' is the better book but we beg to differ. The love story that embodies all of the Caribbean in it is unforgettable. The book entails the way a common clerk who 'needs love' in his life pursues and attains the love of his life, Fermina Daza, after a lifetime.
The Bluest Eye: Toni Morrison
A little black girl wants her eyes to become blue like the China doll she owns. She ardently believes that if only her eyes become blue, all the ugliness around her will turn to beauty. This heartbreaking novel by Toni Morrison questions the paradigms of beauty and racial preferences.
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being: Milan Kundera
'Lightness' and 'weight' are two very strange concepts. Sometimes, they can get really mixed up. In Kundera's novel, philosophical rantings may confuse you, but in the end, you will certainly find the thread of logic in them.
Crime And Punishment: Fyodor Dostoevsky
This book will not be easy to read but when you do, it will change your ideals of what is 'crime' and how it should be 'punished' completely.
The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
Once a work of art is finished, does the artist still own it? Is it really such a bad thing to be 'selfish'?These are some of the questions about objectivity that are raised by Ayn Rand's landmark novel.
Life Of Pi: Yann Martel
Pi has a very interesting life. And his partner in adventure is none other than a growling hungry tiger. It is story of a ship-wrecked boy and a tiger floating in mid sea with none other than each other to rely on.
The Golden Notebook: Doris Lessing
An author struggles with writer's block and she fails to understand how to write. So she makes up stories about the people in her life and writes them in different coloured notebooks. Until the end, we do not know which of these details are fact and which are fiction. Finally, when the golden notebook is opened, it all comes together.
Diary Of A Young Girl: Ann Frank
A Jewish family goes into hiding and that is where little Ann writes her diary in secret. After the Holocaust, Ann's father survives the camp and publishes the diary of his 13-year-old daughter who has perished in the death camps.
The Stranger: Albert Camus
A man is being tried for murder. But what is produced as proof against him is that he did not cried at his mother's funeral! Eventually, he is awarded the death sentence for not crying over his mother's death!
The Interpretation Of Dreams: Sigmund Frued
This is book about psychoanalysis but today, it is more like a popular novel. Even non-fiction or a scientific study can touch the lives of people.
The Trial: Franz Kafka
A bank officer is being put on trial. However, he does not know what crime he has committed. This macabre novel questions the relevance of crime and punishment in the legal system using dark metaphors.
The Book Thief: Mark Zusak
A book that has been narrated by death paints a grim picture of Nazi Germany. It is a classic book that teaches you to respect what you have.
Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy gives us a heroine who falls from grace when she falls in love with a younger man. She leaves her husband and her son for her lover. She even bears him a girl child. But in the end, her guilt pushes her to commit suicide.
In Cold Blood: Truman Capote
This is a non-fiction work about the killing of an entire family documented by Truman Capote. The statement of facts in this novel forces on to come to their own conclusions.
A Thousand Splendid Suns: Khalid Hosseini
Two Afghan women share their destiny to be the wives of a man who is monster. We see their story unfold with the backdrop of the Taliban taking over the Afghan society and tearing it up into pieces.
The Colour Purple: Alice Walker
A 14-year-old girl is raped and beaten by her father again and again. She starts writing letters to god. The entire novel is full of these letters that describe the life of African American women in Southern USA. It pinches your heart to read this tale of torture and pain.
For Whom The Bell Tolls: Ernest Hemmingway
This novel is about the war in Spain that eventually became the World War. There is pathos, love and trickery in this novel that touches a chord with everyone.
Motorcycle Diaries: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
The memoirs of a 23-year-old 'Che' Guevara and his friend who travelled the length and breadth of Latin America on a motorbike. The writer went on to become the greatest revolutionary that the world will see.