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10 Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lives

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I believe reading to be a very personal thing – and while my list may not be yours, perhaps there’s something on my list you haven’t even considered. 🙂

The Handmaid’s Tail (1985)
Margaret Atwood

Because this dystopian novel is a work of speculative fiction that the reader is eerily able to believe could actually be.


To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
Harper Lee

Because race continues to be the defining, and dividing, issue of modern America. Atticus Finch is a hero beyond compare.


A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
Charles Dickens

Because Dickens showed he could write magnificent historical fiction with this dramatic story of the French Revolution.


Of Mice and Men (1937)
John Steinbeck

Because it’s less than 200 pages of pure genius. This novella offers friendship and heartbreak during a torrid time for America.


For Whom the Bell Tolls (1950)
Ernest Hemingway

Because this novel touches on so many themes, including death and sacrifice. Different to other war novels because it focuses so much on one person.


Clan of the Cave Bear (1980)
Jean M. Auel

Because it speculates on the possibilities of interactions between Neanderthal and modern Cro-Magnon humans in prehistoric times.


Lord of the Flies (1954)
William Golding

Because it’s still deeply shocking for a young reader to discover what can happen when the rules of civilization fall away.


The Secret Garden (1911)
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Because fresh air and nature can heal many things. This Edwardian classic is almost as good as a self-help book in its messaging but more fun to read.


Anne of Green Gables (1908)
L.M. Montgomery

Because redhead Anne Shirley is one of the strongest female characters in children’s literature. Both my daughters love this story.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962)
Ken Kesey

Because Nurse Ratched is terrifying. This tale of a patient who fakes insanity to land a place on psychiatric ward is funny, sad and touching.


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Jenn Perry

The author Jenn Perry

Entrepreneur, Child-Wrangler and Domestic-Goddess-Wannabe, Jenn is a married, mother of two. She is also the founder of That's So Social and Editor in Chief of Travel Mavens. Likes: travel, eggs benedict, yoga pants, dogs, and Netflix.