Reading is the great escape, it offers you the chance to relax and unwind while exploring a story from a completely new perspective. It can really broaden your horizons and change the way you think about things. This is why in the last few years’ book bucket lists are becoming something many people are considering. Which books should be on a bucket list? Here are the five we would choose to put on our list…
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
What is the meaning life the universe and everything? You may well be wondering that and Douglas Adams’ hilarious sci-fi adventure will try and answer it for you. Following Arthur Dent from the destruction of Earth to the ends of the universe. This book will make you think, laugh and cry; it should be high on anyone’s bucket book list.
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
This twentieth century classic features highly on many people’s favourite book list. To Kill a Mockingbird is the tale of Scout and her view of a southern town that has been corrupted through power wielded by rich white men. Even when one of these men wants to stand up for what is right he cannot. It’s a book that will make you think carefully about the role racism and sexism play in modern society.
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemmingway
Hemmingway’s Spanish Civil War novel examines themes of comradeship, sacrifice, lust and death. It tells the story of young American fighter who has volunteered for the International Brigades and has been tasked with the job of blowing up a crucial bridge. However, everything changes when he meets the beautiful Maria, a victim of the Fascists. While this book is very dark it will make you re-evaluate what it means to ‘give it all’.
The Stranger – Albert Camus
This classic piece of literature will give you greater insight into the existential philosophy than any other piece of writing. Centred on a senseless murder on a sun drenched Algerian beach this book explores how humans react to the absurd. It may not be a comforting read when you are facing the end but it will change your perspective on life.
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
Standing shoulder to shoulder with dystopian greats’ including 1984 and Brave New World. Fahrenheit 451 focuses on the life of a fireman who is ordered to destroy books, for they are the ultimate source of misery and conflict. A prophetic assessment of Western cultures predisposition to the media and conformity, this book challenges everything you think you know about happiness and will re-invigorate your individuality.
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