5 Thought-Provoking Books You Should Read

Whether intensive or extensive, you read. Books are the collections of thoughts and ideas. They allow you to see the world from different perspectives and provide an opportunity to walk around in someone’s shoes. They also let your imagination run wild and take you to places you have never heard from Neverland to the Himmel Street. Yet, good books provoke questions to make you think. Here are 5 books you should read at least once in your life time:

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1984: Written by George Orwell, the author of Animal Farm, this controversial novel portrays a nightmarish vision of a world where people are brainwashed, and privacies has been invaded. Thinking is a crime if one gets caught by a thought police. Slowly, Winston Smith uncovered the ugly truths behind the slogan “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

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Fahrenheit 451: It got its name from the temperature at which book papers are burnt. In this dystopian novel, Ray Bradbury illustrates a world where reading books is a crime. Fireman’s job is not to put out fire, yet to start it by burning books. The story begins when Montag embarked on an adventure to seek the meaning in a book he had stolen during his work because something unfathomable made him realize “There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there.”

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Les Misérables: This French historical novel recounts the struggling life of Jean Valjean imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. In this novel, Victor Hugo takes the readers into the Parisian underworld and carries them to the barricade during the uprising of 1838. The readers will go through emotional and intellectual spectacles from the desperation of the prostitute Fantine to the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds, which provokes a question why ‘There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.”

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The Diary of a Young Girl: In this Dutch diary, Anne Frank confided her secrets to her dearest friend and diary, Kitty. To seek comfort in writing, she recounted her 2 years’ life of hiding from the Nazi in the Secret Annex. In this book, ones are able to walk around in the shoes of a Jewish girl during World War II while she, who was mature at her age, expressed her curiosity about herself and life. Shifting one’s paradigm, she said to Kitty, “Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.”

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The Little Prince: If you are skeptical about this French children book, then Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will put your doubt to shame as he dedicates it to the grown-ups. In this book, the readers is capable of seeing the world through childlike, innocent eyes of the little prince, who grew up on a tiny asteroid and traveled to Earth, that gives rise to candid reflections on life and human nature: “It is far more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself correctly, then you are truly a man of wisdom.”

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