Bucket List: Important Books to Read

MsMojo’s video below counts down their Top Ten Books To Read Before You Die. They claim that reading these novels will help to change your understanding of what it means to be human, will help you develop or deepen aspects of your character in some way or just make you a better person. In any case, they can make you a more thoughtful person if you consider the ideas they put forth and ruminate about how they might be applied to your own experience and to your own life.

Bucket List Books to Read

Suggested by MsMojo

10 Grapes of Wrath (1939)

  • by John Steinbeck
  • Set in the Great Depression
  • Movie came out in 1940

9 Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as:
The Children’s Cursade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969)

  • by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Set in Dresen German, America and the planet Tralfamidor
  • Movie came out in 1972

8 Great Expectations (1860-61)

  • by Charles Dickens
  • Set in Victorian England
  • Movies released in 1946, 1998, 2011, 2012

7 Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

  • by George Orwell
  • Set in a totalitarian version of England
  • Movie came out in 1984

6 Harry Potter Series (1997-2007)

  • by J.K. Rowling
  • Set mostly in a magical and enchanted England
  • First Movie came out in 2001, others Released in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

5 The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

  • by J.D. Salinger
  • Set in New York City
  • No Movie Made

4 Wuthering Heights (1847)

  • by Emily Brontë
  • Set in Victorian England
  • BBC Movie Released in 1987. Other adaptations released in 1939, 1992, 1998, 2009, 2011

3 Moby-Dick: The Whale (1851)

  • by Herman Melville
  • Set in New England
  • Movie first came out in 1956. Other adaptations released in 1998, 2010, 2011

2 Pride and Prejudice (1813)

  • by Jane Austin
  • Set in Regency England
  • A really good adaptation came out in 2005 and many films explore the dynamics of the novel and twist up the books characters for modern settings. They are much more loosely based on this book like: Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

1 To Kill A Mockingbird (1960)

  • by Harper Lee
  • Set in Southern United States
  • Adaptations released in 1962 and 2002

Books to Consider as Honorable Mentions

stack of books - rainbow covers

  • The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
    Movie came out in 1990
  • Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller
    Movie came out in 1970
  • Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding
    Movie came out in 1990
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
    Movie came out in 1966
  • The Giver (1993) by Lois Lowry
    Movie came out in 2014

What do you think about these books?

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