• Padmja Sopori

Hobbyist's Summer Reading

They broke boundaries and challenged conceptions. If you’re looking for a master list of the best books that everyone should read, this is a great place to start. These are the books that will stay with you for your entire life. Take a look at Hobbyist World’s recommendations for the best books to read, and you’re sure to find your next good read!

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Published in 1960, this timeless classic explores human behaviour and the collective conscience of The Deep South in the early 20th century. Humour entwines the delicate strands of prejudice, hatred, hypocrisy, love and innocence to create one of the best novels ever written.

1984, by George Orwell

Although 1984 has passed us by, George Orwell’s dystopian, totalitarian world of control, fear and lies has never been more relevant. Delve into the life of Winston Smith as he struggles with his developing human nature in a world where individuality, free will and love are forbidden.

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller and Christopher Buckley

For over 50 years, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 has been named to every major list of “best books,” and for good reason. Set in Italy during World War II, it’s a hilarious and critical analysis of the madness that is war. Told from the perspective of a young fighter pilot caught up in the insanity, it’s a profound story about the human condition — flawed, sometimes broken, ever hopeful — and the very human need to make sense of the senseless.

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

In this groundbreaking novel, completed after six arduous years of research, Capote invented a new genre - the 'Nonfiction Novel' - applying prose techniques to the fact. It spawned the school of New Journalism & invented the true crime genre as we know it.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Published in 1925, Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby explores the decadence of the Jazz Age and one man’s introduction into a world where even those with the most indulgent lives cannot earn love.

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

The great American novel: great characters, wonderful language, thick with the Bible and Thomas Browne, and has the best opening sentence ever. What's not to like?

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

The narrative, which traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships, is interspersed with prose-poem interludes that explain the wider circumstances of the world with which the protagonists contend.

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

A compelling and important exploration of cultural identity with both the rising tide of British colonialism and the pressures of gender expectations. A poignant tragedy was written with pathos. Necessary reading!

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

A story of growing up and changing and the world set around a group of young girls. This book is as timeless as it is beautiful.