Reading is one of the most important and elevating activities one can do. Indeed, it develops one's imaginations, vocabulary, grammar and it gives one of the best feelings in the world, the feeling of escaping. To me reading is mandatory but it's not a chore. Reading is like working out, it can be a pain at the beginning but you end up enjoying it when you find the type that suits you. I know people like really different kind of books but I decided to share with you 5 of my favorite books that shaped my way of thinking and that I think everyone could learn of.
The Trial, Kafka. The whole book revolves around the unknown incrimination of the main character. It sets a really strange and disturbing atmosphere because of how absurds it seems to incriminate someone without ever telling him (or the reader) what his crime is. It is actually really frustrating not to get any answers to the main character's questions but I also think it is a really great way to get the reader to think and get his own idea about bureaucracy, morality, social interactions and humanity in general.
Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Garcia Marquez. The main question at the core of the novella is how, as the title says it, someone's death was foretold but nothing was made to prevent it. This book to me is as paradoxical as it can get since we're talking about a murder that was predicted in advance. The questioning is not only about the way a predicted murder can happen but also about the village's collective responsibility in the character's death.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera. Like many books written by such talented and smart authors I think it is really difficult to come up with a single conclusion not only between people but also to ourselves. Through the eyes of artists and intellectual during Prague Spring and its aftermath, Kundera posits the idea that everyone only lives once and that what they live will never happen again, thus the "lightness of being". But the word lightness (and its opposite) will also apply to many aspects of the characters lives and thematics of the book in general. This is the kind of book that really makes you think about how you see life and how you see YOUR life. Asking yourself weather your being is light or weighted down wether it is in your personal life, in your way of being and so on.
The Plague, Camus. I won't tell you what the book is about because I really think everyone should understand the point in their own way. But how can tell you the impact this book had on me. First of all it's one of the fews that made me cry. Camus' way of writing and describing is so intense you feel everything in your bones. It's this book that made me wanna change things and stop being a partisan of the wait and see policy.
Lord of the Flies, Golding. This is honestly the more traumatizing book I have ever read. Though there are some parts that I found nerve racking I wouldn't say it's a scary book. What is scary is actually the terrible life lesson you get from it. Maybe some people wouldn't think it is a great picture of society because of how cynical the book is but I don't. To me this book is the perfect analysis of the violent society we live and the fact that the authors shows that through children is even more intense.