Ever since I was a child my most cherished thing was reading books. This love started at a very young age and continues to grow ever since. I remember how I knew the every corner of my school library. I was the kid whom you can see reading comics and story books most of the time. Every year when the annual exams ended at school time, my grandmother who is a teacher bought me magazines and story books everyday. And soon you would found me completely lost in them. It was the most memorable time of my life.

Over the time this habit of mine has grown up. And I can say I am the voracious reader whose heart beats only for the books. oh man! The feels when I visit a new library or book store. I just go crazy.I feel like a kid who is visiting for the first time to a candy shop.

I have read several books over the time period. Some were great, some not so great. In some books you feel your thoughts has been expressed. Through some books you visit the fantasy land of your dreams. And some are the one’s that show you direction when you are lost in the rut of the life. These books are the books that have made who I am today.. so here is the list which I strongly feel one must read once in their life time.

1. The alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This book tells us that you have the power to create your destiny. You are the one who is the creator of your whole life. The popular quote of the book is ” when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish come true.” Obviously, you have to work a lot to achieve it. But yes this book is a life changing book.

2. The kite runner by khaled hosseini

This book will surely give you goosebumps. It’s such a raw experience to read it. Set in the changing background of Afghanistan and the horrors of Taliban.This book explain it beautifully. Aamir a young boy born in Afghanistan has many ups and downs we can relate to. It’s about love, family , friendships and secrets.

3. To kill a mocking bird by Harper lee

Told from the view point of a 6 year old girl scout it’s a humorous and brutally honest book. It looks critically at the social issues of race,class and sex and the injustices of the legal system. And also tells how our perceptions are not always true as in the case of boo radley.

4. The harry potter series by j.k. rowling

Well Rowling is my personal favorite. I can read it uncountable times. The wizarding world of harry potter has captivated the young and adults alike. The story of a downtrodden ,neglected orphan child who comes to know that he is a wizard. Its all about the power of love and friendship. The pain of loss and the victory of good over evil. It shows how sometimes the fiercest battle we fight are within ourselves.

5. The awakening by kate Chopin

This book is the starting of feminism. The protagonist edna potellier who struggles with love outside marriage, repressed sexuality and the role of woman in conservative society. It beautifully portrays here inner struggles too.

6. Pride and prejudice by jane Austen
It’s a classic novel about love and marriage. There are only few examples of literature as this. It shows the status of women in 19th century. And how marriages were everything. The sparkling character of Elizabeth is unforgettable. It candidly shows the beauties and imperfections of human character.

7. Eleven minutes by Paulo Coelho.

It’s a story of prostitute. Her struggles and the path of her life. How she falls in love with a young painter and tries to find her enlightened self. She beautifully portrays how she achieve sacred self. It’s a worth read for every woman.

8. Angels and demons by Dan brown

Dan brown is a worth read. You will be grateful after reading it. This novel is based on the ever continuing fight between science and religion.It shows how Christianity controlled the world and created havocs during the entire history. It keeps you binded and give you the beautiful view of Vatican, the city of pope. The best thing is , it’s based on the awe inspiring mind boggling facts. Once you read it , you will fell in love with the author for sure.