Christmas brings us joy and most importantly, holidays. Nothing excites more than a cup of coffee with a good book to read. We have brought you some of the best books you should read this Christmas. A good holiday session should be greeted with the joy of books and the good warmth of coffee. In this article, we have compiled a good list of some books that have proven to be the best. Books are an excellent source of learning and as per experts, they are also a good source of knowledge and empowerment. So, reading these books will bring some very intense changes in your knowledge as well as you will never ever ask any of your friends to “write an essay for me”. So, keep reading as this article is getting more excited.
4 3 2 1 (2017) by Paul Auster
Auster’s work is for all seasons: I would choose The New York Trilogy for Spring, Sunset Park for Summer, Brooklyn Follies for Fall … Save yourself any time for 4 3 2 1, an instant classic. Because in the almost thousand pages he takes up the playful structures of his first novels – in this case telling the life of the same person, who looks a lot like Auster himself, with four different destinations – but this time the background has more power than artifice. His definitive treatise on youth, love, and art.
Berta Isla (2017) by Javier Marias
After meeting Berta, the cloud of smoke is going to stay a long time in your head. It would have been fairer to highlight Your face tomorrow, but we will give a little to the pressure of editorial news. If that trilogy marked you deeply (like me), Berta Isla is a very joyful return to the world of spies and counter-spies, now with the added perspective – and humanly even more interesting – of the woman of one of those chosen. The approach with Homeric dyes reaches the root of the concept of loyalty, analyses and shapes the material from which personal ties are made and further obscures that shadow over the identity of oneself and others that Marias has forever cast on all Your readers.
The map and territory (2010) by Michel Houellebecq
In times of suffocating political correctness, any text by Houllebecq is, to put it finely, a good host all over the face. The classic of nihilism the elementary particles, the fantastic Lanzarote, the (too much on purpose) controversy Submission … I especially recommend the map and the territory because it walks through areas so far unexplored of the always intriguing relationship between reality and art. And because Houllebecq has the great idea of killing himself – he also showed himself at the movies, he doesn’t quite like him. Of course, if you’re on a bad run with your father, maybe you cut your veins a little. This is a manual of feelings and not self-help books.
Pride and prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen
If you think it is a novel for women, it is true, it is wonderful for women. Exactly as wonderful as for men. With just 20 years, Austen marked one of the most vigorous portraits about desire and its containment, about love and its social fit, about honor and its impossible complete realization. Pure chemistry, a million times imitated and inimitable at the same time, which takes place in the recurring London countryside of the early nineteenth century.
Crime and punishment (1866) by Fiador M. Dostoevsky
Crime and punishment, a cliff-hanger in his time. Raskolnikov is an intelligent, cultivated and attractive twenty-three-year-old boy who lives in a St. Petersburg attic. From the beginning of the novel, a plan to steal and kill a heartless lender urges, for him, the old woman’s meanness justifies the crime. It was published the first time for deliveries, often Cliff-hanger, it would be something like the Stranger Things of the time.
The Foreigner (1942) by Albert Camus
Albert Camus’s foreigner inspired the first single from The Cure, Killing an Arab. The work investigates the circumstances that lead a man to commit a seemingly unmotivated crime. The outcome of his judicial process is meaningless, as is his life, corrupted by everyday life and weariness. A reflection on how responsibility and guilt, how is the first thing that the human being strips when other forces govern his soul.
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The forge of a rebel (1941-1944) by Arturo Barea
The Clash group owes its name to the third part of the trilogy The Forge of a rebel by Arturo Barea. Exiled in England since 1938, Arturo Barea expressed his experiences in his autobiographical work, The Forge of a Rebel, a trilogy that is among the best-selling Spanish books abroad. In our country it is practically a stranger, because the work was banned during the Franco regime and only saw the light in its original Castilian in Argentina in 1951. The Clash group takes its name from the third part of the trilogy, which was titled “He calls it and addresses the Civil War” as lived by Barea. In my opinion, the work that best explains the conflicts of Spain in the early twentieth century.
The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by JD Salinger
The guard in the rye of JD Salinger caused a great controversy when it was published because of the provocative language he used and the crudeness of his protagonist. The adventures of a teenager in a New York recovering from the war influenced successive generations around the world. In his sincere and direct confession, Holden reveals to us the reality of a boy faced with school failure, the rigid norms of a traditional family, his first sexual experiences.
Kill a Mockingbird (1956) by Harper Lee
The novel is inspired by the author’s observations about her family and social environment, focusing on an incident that occurred near her city in 1936, when she was 10 years old. It speaks of inequality and injustice, but also of integrity and morals.
The teacher and Margarita (1967) by Mikhail Bulgakov
Although the novel was written in the 1930s, it did not see the light until 1966, in Moskva magazine and in a censored edition. It is not surprising, because the work is a hard and incisive satire of Soviet society, its corruption, its mediocrity, and its hunger. He inspired the theme Sympathy for the Devil of the Rolling Stones.
Blade Runner: Do androids dream of electric sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick
Masterpiece of the cyberpunk subgenre, in apocalyptic and technological key, rabidly known for the film adaptations of Ridley Scott. It is not only a novel about the use of science fiction, but it addresses ethical and philosophical issues such as the vague limit between the artificial and the natural, the decay of life and society and the limits of morality.
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Slaughterhouse 5 (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut
The novel is based on the experiences and memories of a soldier during the end of World War II. It focuses on the Allied bombing of Dresden, which the author lived in his own skin and that marked him deeply. Not only is it a diatribe against war, but it addresses issues such as the futility of existence or the insignificance of the human being, all with a corrosive and lacerating mood.
Postman (1971) by Charles Bukowski
Postman is based on the experiences of its author, Charles Bukowski, who spent 12 years working for the US postal service. It is a bittersweet satire on the monotonous work of a post office worker, a work that the author did for twelve years of his life. It is the first novel written by Bukowski. Its protagonist, Henri Chinaski, alcoholic alter ego, misanthrope and womanizer of the author will then appear again in Factotum, The Path of the Loser, Hollywood and Women.
Only for women (1977) by Marilyn French
Only for women of Marilyn French is a fundamental book that in our country has gone unfairly unnoticed. The story of a group of women who gradually cease to be mere wives and housewives to become independent human beings who live their own lives and refuse to meet the traditional expectations of society. The book had a great impact at the time, although in our country it went unnoticed. Its reading is now as necessary as 40 years ago.
Watchmen (1986-1987) by Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons and John Higgins
Watchmen is for many the best comic of all time. Watchmen was a before and after in the comics industry, for the first time, the heroes became antiheroes, with very human anguish and flaws. Its peculiar structure, of non-linear narration in which I tell him, jumps through space, time and its own plot, has made many scholars consider it the best album in history.
These are the books and these are the pools of knowledge and passion. Keep drinking from this pond of knowledge and keep the tree of knowledge flourishing within your heart. Once a great man said, “A house without a book is like a body without a soul”. We hope these books will keep your connected and you will have a great Christmas holiday.