Are you looking for something more meaningful in the books you read? Tired of the same fictional story that so many rave about, but you have no interest in? You should try out this list of books. They may still be fictional, but they have plenty of wholesome values and lessons that one can actually apply to their life.
A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is set in London and Paris around the time of the French Revolution. The book is a classic, written in 1859 it was originally done in 31 weekly installments. It follows the lives of several characters during the plight of the French aristocracy demoralizing the peasants in the years leading up to the revolution and the brutality demonstrated in response.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is a classic tale of love and adultery in a high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. It follows the love affair between a beautiful married woman, Anna, and a wealthy army officer, Count Vronsky.
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is considered the great American Novel. It is a tale of passion and courage that has captivated readers for nearly eighty years. It’s about Scarlett O’Hara, a young woman whose life is turned upside down during the Civil War.
Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was created from Dostoyevsky’s own life conditions. While down on his luck; dead loved ones, extreme debt; Dostoyevsky begged for an advance on an unwritten novel that became a masterpiece.
The story based on his own experiences is about Raskolnikov, an impoverished student struggling between good and evil. Believing he is above the law, he kills an old woman. Due to guilt, he confesses of the crime and goes to prison where he learns that suffering can bring about happiness and redemption.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is about a man who wakes up to find he has been changed into a large insect. The story follows the man’s, as well as his family’s, efforts to come to turns with the transformation. Besides being a great piece of fiction, it has plenty of life values.
The main focus of the story is on how we treat people with disabilities or illness. Of how we have to care for those who can no longer, or were never able to, take care of themselves. How we can see them as burdens. That is exactly what is going on with the man.
The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig
The Collected Stories of Stefan Zweig is a collection that shows us the best and worst of human nature through observation, understanding and feeling. There are twenty0two tales ranging from love and death to defeat and hope restored.
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a tale of two boys from different sides of the social food-chain in a country under devastation. One is a wealthy boy and the other, a son of his father’s servant, but their friendship knows no class system.
It is about the power of knowledge, the cost of betrayal and the idea of redemption. It is a story of family, friendship and love against the devastating history of Afghanistan.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and translated by B.M. Mooyaart comes from the diary of a young girl, discovered in an attic where she spent the last years of her life. It is a reminder of the horrors of war when the Nazis occupied Holland.
It goes over the two years Anne and her family spent hiding out with another family in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building, cut off from the world and facing hunger with the threat of discovery and death drawing upon them.
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was an instant bestseller and success when it was published in 1960 and is regarded today as a masterpiece of American literature. When a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout’s father is asked to represent him.
Taking the job has its penalties as his father is accused of being a black-lover and is criticized and harassed. The themes in this story are based on the human behavior-innocence, experience, humor where there is judgment it also shows love against hatred and kindness where there is only cruelty.
The Art of War
The Art of War by Sun Tzu confirms that for the past 2,000 years special operations principles in battle have been consistent and the tactics are now being used in unconventional settings such as boardrooms. Disguise, deception and diversion; these are the applications used when holding ground or hunting for something. This book is the most influential when it comes to military strategy and tactics in warfare.
If you are looking to enlighten yourself through reading, these are the perfect books for you. Hopefully you can take the values and morals from them and apply the story to your life.