I have seen quite a few posts lately about people being in “book slumps” and not having any good books to read at the time. So I thought I’d help out by making a list of 10 of my all-time favorite books to give my slumped friends some ideas.
Cleopatra: A Life
Author: Stacy Schiff
“The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.” This is a well-researched, easy to read, in depth biography about Cleopatra. I ate this book up. It was amazing, and very sad that more people don’t know her true story. She was an amazing woman.
The Illustrated Man
Author: Ray Bradbury
A young man meets an “The Illustrated Man”, whose enchanted tattoos are filled with the power to tell stories and see the future. Despite the Illustrated Man’s warnings, he looks at the tattoos, which tells him eighteen stories. This book is chocked full of 18 intriguing science fiction stories, by one of the most well-known science fiction authors of our time.
The Picture of Dorian Grey
Author: Oscar Wilde
Everyone already knows the story of Dorian Grey. He meets a man who shows him the pleasures the world has to offer, Dorian then expresses how he wishes he could sell his soul and never age. A full length portrait painted of himself he keeps locked away, as it ages and records every sin. I love this book because of Oscar Wilde’s writing style. Its beautiful and descriptive, I could read it over and over.
The Three Musketeers
Author: Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers tell the story of the adventures of d’Artagnan and his three friends: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, serving in the King’s Musketeers. This novel features great humor, adventure and comradery, as well as one of literature’s most evil and memorable female villains: Milady. A classic adventure story. Everyone should read this.
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Author: Baroness Orczy
This has a similar feel to the Three Musketeers, set in the early stages of the French Revolution. This is about a small band of men who rescue aristocrats before they can be beheaded by the French. Its definingly a takes awhile to get going, but the book has an ending that for sure makes it worth it, as well as a really endearing love story.
The Sword of Destiny
Author: Andrej Sapowski
A short story collection that recounts the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter. Originally written in Polish, this is part of a large series of books that inspired the Witcher video game series developed by CD Projec Red. All the books in this series are excellent fantasy books, but this short story collection is my favorite.
Author: George Orwell
The novel is set in Airstrip One, a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation. The superstate is under the control of the privileged elite of the Inner Party. This is a terrifying and good classic book. Everyone should pick this up, with situations like this becoming more possible as technology advances.
The Amethyst Heart
Author: Penelope J Stokes
For a hundred and forty years, Noble House has been a place of shelter, hope, and healing in Cambridge, Mississippi. This is a story that spans three generations of the family who built and lived in the house, and their faith and courage during the Civil War. A heartwarming story of family and faith.