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When was the last time you read a book? Or are you overindulging on your smartphone scrolling through the Instagram feed and too occupied with the technology you carry around as well? Now, it is time to put aside your gadgets and give yourself a break. So, how about picking up a book and letting yourself slip away in a story. Here’s a list of amazing books you must read at least once in your lives.
1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
The setting for this book takes place in late 1990s England. It is a dystopian story which tells of a society where clones are educated and brought up merely to donate their vital organs as young adults. The novel is told from the perspective of a woman called Kathy, a 31-year-old carer who works with some donor and wants to share the story of her time at an exclusive boarding school, Hailsham and the friendship with her two best friends, Ruth and Tommy.
2. The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Help is Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel and it examines the issues of race and friendship to tell the tale. Narrated by three different women, Aibileen, Minnie, and Skeeter, the story follows African Americans working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s. Minnie, a black maid who lost her job due to her hot head, Aibileen, another black maid who is raising her seventeenth white child. Then, there is Skeeter, a white woman who is an aspiring writer and has been brought up by black maids looking for her beloved nanny, Constantine, who disappeared and no one will tell her why.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has become an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. The story centres on the eyes of a six-year-old, Scout Finch, whose father Atticus Finch is a lawyer attempting to prove the innocence of a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of raping a white woman. The reader sees the trial evolve from Scout’s eyes as she confronts difficult questions of gender, prejudice and class.
4. 1984 – George Orwell
1984 is a dystopian novel written in 1949 by George Orwell. The novel follows the life of a low ranking member of ‘the party’, Winston Smith, who is frustrated by the omnipresent eyes of the party and its menacing ruler Big Brother which controls every aspect of people’s lives. The author explores the theme of mass media control, government surveillance, totalitarianism and how a dictator can manipulate and control history, thoughts, and even language in such a way that no one can get away with it.
5. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl is a journal written by a Jewish teenager, Anne Frank. It was first published in 1947, two years after her death in the concentration camp. The diary is about her life with seven other people in hiding in a secret apartment to protect themselves during the Holocaust. The diary begins when she was thirteen and it ends when she was fifteen, a few days before they were discovered by the Nazis and her family was sent to concentration camps. Her father, Otto Frank, was the only survivor and published Anne’s diary.