If you’re looking for the best books of all time, then look no further! Snuggle into your armchair by the fire, put the kettle on, and get ready to lose yourself in literature…
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning debut novel shocked and awed readers around the world with its now iconic story of racism, rape, injustice and poverty. As seen through the eyes of curious young Scout, we followed and fell in love with the Finch family. We struggled right alongside our innocent young heroine to understand how honesty and integrity could realistically exist in a world with so many hurdles to overcome. Thank goodness for Atticus Finch! This book inspired a 3 times Academy Award Winning movie (Bravo Gregory Peck!) and countless highschool essays.
When to read it: in summer, somewhere quiet and sunny. Bring lemonade or cola. Here are some more must-read classics, grab a coffee!
2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
The first book in the famous Harry Potter series in which we meet young Harry, visit Hogwarts for the first time, and fall in love with the wonderful world of magic that Rowling so carefully crafted. This book rejuvenated reading in young adults at a time when kids were reading less and less. It comes complete with its own theme park, movie, and merchandise. There can be no doubt that it deserves its place in our list of the best books of all time.
When to read it: in September, just as the schools are starting back, preferably on a train.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
No list claiming to know the best books of all time could maintain a shred of dignity without mention of this legendary love story. Mr. Darcy, Wickham, Bingley, or Collins - will any of these chaps marry a Bennet girl? So popular that it has been adapted by everyone from the BBC to Bollywood, this timeless tale continues to delight readers even after 204 years.
When to read it: in April, on a rainy day so you can picture just how muddy Elizabeth’s walk really was.
4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Published in 1843 during a time when the rich / poor divide was more of a canyon than a line, this tale of ghosts and gold taught readers everywhere a valuable lesson about the true meaning of Christmas. So popular, the main character’s name ‘Scrooge’ is now synonymous with stinginess, this seasonal story has been adapted countless times for film, TV, radio and theatre with new versions appearing every year. Check out A Muppet’s Christmas Carol for a fun family friendly version with catchy songs starring Michael Caine as Scrooge.
When to read it: At Christmas of course!
5. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell
This dystopian novel strikes a worrying chord with more and more readers as time goes on. The phrases ‘Big Brother’, ‘thought police,’ and ‘Room 101’ all originally sprang from this disturbing novel of tyranny and rebellion, first published in 1949.
When to read it: at night, alone with no cameras, microphones or authority figures close by.
So this was our list of the best books of all time. Let us know your favorites in the comments below.
Last updated: 20th April, 2019