The best books are the ones that stay with you. A great read doesn’t just tell a story; it tells a story that changes how you see the world and yourself. Telling stories through novels, poetry, plays and more is one of mankind’s oldest art forms. Over thousands of years, writers have perfected their craft so that even today there are new works being created that will stand out for decades—or even centuries—to come. We’ve compiled 10 of our favorites here in no particular order:
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien and published in 1954. It is the first volume of three in The Lord of the Rings, originally published as three separate books: The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), and The Return of the King (1955). Set in Middle-earth, it tells of how a hobbit named Frodo Baggins discovers one ring that makes him invisible and sets out to destroy it before it can be used by evil forces to conquer Middle-earth.
The novel was broadly successful on its publication, though there were some critical reviews that dismissed it as children’s fiction or criticized its slow pace; since then, however, it has gained recognition as one of the most important works both in English literature generally and within fantasy fiction specifically; many consider it to be one of the best novels ever written. It was voted number one on both lists “Librarians’ Top 100 Books” (1990)  and “Top 100 Romance Novels” compiled by Romance Writers’ Association member writers (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In the fourth book of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Harry’s life is full of changes: He starts his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, gets his first girlfriend (Luna Lovegood), and faces new challenges in Quidditch, a magical sport played on flying broomsticks. As if that wasn’t enough excitement, Harry finds out that he has been selected to compete in an unusual contest—the Triwizard Tournament between three schools (Durmstrang Institute from northern Europe; Beauxbatons Academy from southern France; and Hogwarts).
When Cedric Diggory is chosen as Hogwarts’ representative for this tournament, it seems like an honor…that is until someone else dies because of their involvement in the contest! With the help of some unexpected allies such as Sirius Black (who was believed dead) and Professor Dumbledore himself, Harry tries to solve these mysteries before time runs out for everyone involved during this exciting momentous occasion!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) is the first book of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which was later adapted into a successful film series. The book follows Harry as he discovers his heritage as a wizard and attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with his friends Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy.
The book is set in England during 1991-1992, when Voldemort (Tom Marvolo Riddle) had been thought dead for decades but returns to terrorize Wizarding Britain once more.
The genre of this novel may be classified as fantasy or even dystopian fiction because it involves magic or magical elements, though it also contains elements from other genres such as mystery thriller and adventure fiction as well because there are many thrilling moments throughout the story that make readers want to keep reading until they finish all seven books in one sitting!
The Hobbit is a fantasy novel and children’s book by J. R. R. Tolkien. The story follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
It was first published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as one of the most important works of modern fantasy literature, with Tolkien regarded as the father of modern high fantasy.1
In the novel, Jane Eyre is a young orphan who works as a governess to Adele Varens, the daughter of an upper-class French family. The novel follows her struggles and growth from childhood to adulthood.
On this journey, she meets several important people in her life including Mr. Rochester (who later becomes her husband). The book has references that include:
- Gothic fiction – stories that involve ghosts and supernatural elements
- Bildungsroman – a story about personal growth or development
The Alchemist is a story about a shepherd named Santiago. He has always dreamed of traveling, but his father and grandfather want him to stay home and work the land. A recurring dream leads him to follow his heart and travel beyond their dusty village for the first time in his life. Santiago meets an alchemist who tells him that he must find his treasure in order to be happy—his “Personal Legend” as he calls it. Santiago embarks on many adventures and meets several different people along the way before finally finding what he’s looking for: love with Fatima, a beautiful woman from Marrakech, Morocco who owns an inn called The Alhambra (named after its famous castle) where she cooks delicious food every day; friendship with an Englishman named Baker; and most importantly self-confidence when it comes to chasing after your dreams no matter how big they may seem at first glance!
This book has been translated into over 70 languages around globe including Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Croatian French German Italian Japanese Korean Malayalam Marathi Norwegian Polish Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish Tamil Telugu Thai Turkish Vietnamese Welsh
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a children’s fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It was written during World War II while Lewis was teaching at Malvern College in Worcestershire, England; its plot incorporates themes that were popular in Britain during the war years: escaping into an imaginary world from lives of drudgery. Its main characters are four English children: Peter Pevensie (the oldest), Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie and Lucy Pevensie. The story takes place in England during the 1940s or maybe 1945(?) as it mentions rationing being over(?). The plot centres on four siblings who enter a wardrobe door leading to Narnia (an alternative world). There they discover that their role as Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve has been prophesied for centuries with many adventures awaiting them before finally defeating evil forces opposing Aslan’s rule over Narnia
The Lord of the Rings is one of the best books ever written. It was written by J.R.R Tolkien and published in 1954-1955. The book is about a young hobbit named Frodo Baggins who has to destroy a ring that will make everyone become evil if they put it on their finger. He has to destroy this ring with his uncle and three other hobbits who come with him on his quest for destroying this evil-making ring and return it to where he found it so no one else can use its power against anyone else again! This book was such a huge hit that many people have made movies based upon it since then!
Harry Potter is another amazing series of books written by JK Rowling which also had some movies made after them as well! I grew up reading these wonderful stories about how magic exists in our world today (and before) and how two kids named Harry Potter & Hermione Granger along with Ron Weasley fight against Voldemort who wants nothing more than total destruction of all magic users everywhere because he feels threatened by their existence! These three friends have many adventures together throughout their schooling years at Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry while trying not only keep themselves safe but also stop Voldemort from taking over their world completely without any resistance whatsoever!”
If you’re looking for a great book, these are some of the best ones to start with. They have something for everyone and will keep you entertained for hours.