If you are a book lover, and if you’re visiting here we’re presuming that you are, the books on this list must have been consumed by you.

Books listed here on this page have withstood the long passage of time to captivate unnumerable readers across the world. However, with such a wealth of bang-up literature, it can be hard to know where to start. Don’t fire! Go through this list of ten books to read before you die and suggest us if you think that something is missing.

1. Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a novel that beckons you over and over again with its eternal contemporariness. This book is a satire on the rigid and shallow class structures and an expose on the marriage market of Georgian England. However, if you read this, you may be shocked to realize that that society probably has not changed much in modern times.

2.The Stand (Stephen King)

It is said that Stephen King has got real problems with sophisticated endings. It’s about 1985, and a deadly plague has struck the world, killing off a lot of the population. But for the survivors, it’s not over yet. For there is an evil that is present. And it will all come down to a battle between the good and the evil. A final stand. Good read!!!

3. Never Let Me Go

This science-fiction (sci-fi) novel written by the Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro is about the intricacies of love, friendship, freedom, youth, loss, and acceptance. ‘Never Let Me Go’s’ main characters are flawed, much like average humans, even though they are “clones” in a dystopic world. This book is an emotional read that teaches valuable life lessons and one of the best books to read before you die.

4.  The Loved One (Evelyn Waugh)

How brilliant an author can be when he doesn’t give the slightest hoot about any of the characters he breathes life into! “The Loved One” is a brutal read, but those who read it will uncover a fabulous entertainment precisely because of its total lack of sentiment. “The Loved One” derives its title from the only word used to describe the dead at Whispering Glades. The evasive phrase is symbolical of the false view of life which Mr. Waugh finds so utterly repellent.

5. Frankenstein

Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ is an incredibly important contribution to the literary world. It can easily qualify as the first sci-fi book to ever be written. The plot revolves around an obsessed scientist, Frankenstein, and the monster he creates. Having read this great piece of fiction, many questions about the ethos and pathos of life will crowd your mind. The most important question will be:  who is the real monster in Frankenstein?

6. 1984 (George Orwell)

1984 is possibly the definitive dystopian novel, set in a world beyond our imagining. A world where totalitarianism really is total, all power split into three roughly equal groups–Eastasia, Eurasia, and Oceania. The novel follows Winston Smith, an average member of the ruling Party in Oceania trying to make his way through a world which offers little back.

7. To Kill a Mocking Bird

A timeless American classic, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ is extraordinary and very educational in the way it is written. It depicts the oppressive power structure in America through the eyes of its young and innocent protagonist, Scout. This is one of the must-read books before you die. Although it was written in the 20th century, American society will seem eerily similar to you even today.

8. All About Love

Yet another one of the books you must read before you die, is Bell Hooks’ ‘All About Love’. It is an astounding book that teaches us all about ‘love’, the most important quality a human possesses. The novel asserts the fact that love is more of a noun than a verb. It also describes how our society has appropriated and distorted the meaning of ‘love’. Read this book to know how you can fall in love, stay in love, and cultivate love.

9. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

Ernest Hemingway opens the novel with this quote from Gertrud Stein. “You are the lost generation” and a passage from Ecclesiastes in which the title “the sun also rises” appears and the view that life goes on even though we individual humans pass What follows is the brilliantly written story of a group of those lost generation folks in the 1920s, ex-pats living in Paris, then visiting Spain.

10. To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)

It needs your time. Give it an hour with no interruptions. Get a bag of pistachios and read. Unplug the phone, turn off the TV. Read and don’t stop. Then you’ll discover the joy of Virginia Woolf — for while her prose is tough, it is haunting, beautiful, and real. This book is at least as many poems as a tale, as much music as prose. It will certainly change your idea about limitations of expression.