Reading never runs out of style. Any student who is willing to widen their vocabulary, boost their cognitive skills, and expand their view on the world loves a good read. But there is one particular genre that always seems to remain the most popular choice – fiction.
Some fiction masterpieces are worth every penny. We decided to highlight the most exciting reads this year, even the books you are not familiar with. Here are some of the coolest fiction books you can read that will stay with you for a lifetime.
1. Harry Potter
- By J.K. Rowling
The school of witchcraft is, without a doubt, the most popular fiction book on the market. The unforgettable journey of Harry Potter and his wand-wielding companions are what keeps this work of art at the top of the list. The interesting battles, beautiful scenery, and funny characters will keep you engaged at all times. It’s one of those literary pieces you would want in your home library.
2. The Hobbit
- J.R.R. Tolkien
Very few college students haven’t heard of The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins, a reputable and well-heeled hobbit, is living the normal life. Full of laughter and joy. But, his normal days are over when Gandalf, the traveling Wizard, comes to his door. He chooses the man to join him on a journey from which he might never return.
3. The Yellow Wall-Paper
- By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
In the 19th century, women always had to struggle to get noticed. But, to really grasp the struggles of a woman’s life, you would have to get in the mind of someone who lived in that period. The Yellow Wall-Paper is a short story published in 1892. It is seen as a crucial early work on feminist literature in the U.S. It depicts how people acted towards women. Including the ways, they treated their mental and physical health. If you have an essay to write on feminism, you can use the information in the Yellow Wallpaper to your advantage.
4. The Catcher in the Rye
- By J.D. Salinger
This book has had its fair share of controversy. The novel focuses on two days in the life of Holden Caulfield. He is a young teenager who got expelled from school. In his search for rails and truth about the world of the adults, the boy ends up emotionally drained and unstable. Although it’s not a book for children, there is a lot that college students can learn from it. Especially from the way the character is feeling. His depression takes a toll on his life, which makes him seem both psychotic and manic. Between the 60s and early 80s, this book was the most censored piece in the U.S. It even got banned in high schools in Washington.
5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Full Series
- By Douglas Adams
If you are looking to expand your home library with fiction topics, you will love these series. All the books are perfect for those who want to travel the universe. Arthur Dent learns about the galaxy when an alien comes and saves him just seconds before the Earth is destroyed. Together, they embark on some phenomenal journeys that will knock you off your feet.
6. The Princess Bride
- By William Goldman
We all want a romantic story from time to time. This book covers the tale of a charming country boy who saves a gorgeous princess named Buttercup. With the help of his friends, the kind giant, and the hammered swordsman, they can overcome any obstacle that comes their way. It’s a perfect literary piece that will let your imagination run wild.
7. Lord of the Flies
- By William Golding
A couple of young boys find themselves stranded on an island. With no civilizations or rules to abide by, they have to create their own system. Together, they want to form a completely new society. But, without adults, it’s harder than it seems. Instead, they turn to violence and brutality. This is an excellent story that can help with education. All the topics and problems covered here can help you create the ultimate analysis of how people can turn out to be. Especially when they have no rules to follow.
8. Twilight Series
- By Stephanie Meyer
There is hardly a high school student who hasn’t heard of the Twilight series. But, have you read the books? These are some of the most creative pieces of work that inspired the movies today. In the first book, the story revolves around Bella, a teenager who meets Edward. The stunning young man is the most gorgeous boy in school. Bella realizes that Edward is a vampire. But, now, she has to choose between him and Jacob, the werewolf who has always loved her. While at the same time, she has to avoid the not-so-friendly vampires.
9. The Call of the Wild
- By Jack London
At a time when sled dogs were in strong demand, life for these animals wasn’t easy. The Call of the Wild is a classic piece that centers its attention around a peculiar dog, Buck. He is taken to the goldfields by force. But, despite all the struggles, he manages to become the leader of a wolf pack. This is one of the most well-known literary works in the 1890s. But, it was also banned in Italy and Yugoslavia because it was deemed too radical.
10. The Dark Is Rising Sequence
- By Susan Cooper
A young boy, Will Stanton, learns he is destined for greatness. He must wield the Light to bring down the Dark, all for the sake of saving the world. The novel is centered around Welsh and British mythology. This makes it an excellent education piece for those looking to learn more about the myths and legends of the region.
There are countless fiction books that are hard to miss. They all have their own story to tell. We compiled just a fraction of what you might add to your home library. But, they all make for valuable works of art. Choose the one that best resonates with you.