5 of the Best Novels You Need to Read (If You Haven’t Already)

1984 by George Orwell
Imagine living in a totalitarian state where your every word and move is monitored. If you think the “Big Brother” as a TV series concept seems fun and fairly harmless, you might have to rethink your views about the idea once you have read this book.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is a story of an ill-fated love between a married aristocratic woman and her affair with the rich and attractive Count Vronsky. This book explores the passion between the two lovers and the social implications of the doomed relationship.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This book about crime and redemption is touted as one of the greatest novels of all time. Here, Dostoyevsky delves into human nature and explores a myriad of emotions like guilt and the journey to redemption through a “punishment” deeply felt.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Fun, light, and engaging are just some of the words that seem fitting to describe Don Quixote. It takes a look into a man’s belief in chivalry and his adventures — first alone and later with his loyal sidekick Sancho Panza. What happens when an intelligent man seemed to have gone crazy and a somewhat slow on the uptake Sancho set off on adventures? You have to read it to find out.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Les Misérables is a timeless novel that include characters like Jean Valjean (a poor man sent to prison for stealing a loaf of bread) and Inspector Javert. The depiction of the sad life of a prostitute amed Fantine and the general desperation of the peasants in the midst of struggles and hardships.