7 Books To Read Before Turning 30

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Are you a kind of person who loves to read books? Here are the books you must read before turning thirty.

1. Crime and Punishment , by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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This novel mainly focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an pawnbroker for her cash.

He also commits the murder to test a theory of his that dictates some people are naturally capable of such actions, and even have the right to perform them. Many a times, Raskolnikov compares himself with Napoleon Bonaparte and shares his belief that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.

2.Rich and Pretty, by Rumaan Alam

This story revolves  around two persons as close as sisters, Sarah and Lauren. They have been together through high schools, college, first jobs and love, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties. Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite. She works at a charity and is  methodically on the verse of marriage. On the other hand, Lauren , a beautiful, independent and unpredictable , is single and deflecting her parents’ worries and questions about her life and future. Once they were inseparable, but they are now apart. Can any two women who can now   barely be together be still best friends?

Rumaam Alam in this novel, deftly explores the attachments we form in our childhoods shifts as we adapt our adulthood

3. Lives and Girls and Women, by Alice Munro

This novel tells about Del Jordan, who lives at the end of the Flats Road on her father’s fox farm.  When she starts spending more time in the town, she is surrounded by her mother, an agnostic, opinionated women, who sells encyclopaedias to local farmers, her mother’s boarder, the lusty Fern Dogherty . She also has a best friend with whom she shares all her frustrations  and unbridled glee of adolescence

Through the unwitting mentors and also her encounters with sex, del Jordan witnesses the dark side of a women. All though she remains a wise witty observer and recorder the harsh truth of small town life.

4.Midnight’s children, by Salman Rushdie

5. Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot, is Beckett’s own translation of his French play, En attendant Godot. It is a tragic comedy in two plays. The play is about two characters, Vladimir and Estragon who wait for the arrival of someone and while they wait they engage themselves in a variety of discussions and encounter three other characters.


6.The Picture Of Dorian grey, by Oscar Wilde

“The Picture Of Dorian grey” is the only novel of Oscar Wilde. This was first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine.

The plot of the novel varies between each of the publish versions. Dorian grey was the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist who was infatuated by Dorian’s beauty. Dorian, after seeing the portrait , that his friend painted of him, wishes he could exchange his age with the everlasting youth of his portrait . Shortly his wish gets materialized but later he discovers  he has to pay for  perennial  youth. The portrait starts to decay with all the sins he commits as the portrait was the mirror picture of his soul.

7. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy 

The story is about a Father and son who are making their way to the coast, on foot, across the United states several years after an unnamed cataclysm destroyed the civilization.

The road presents the readers with a father who desperately wants to protect his adolescent son child from a harsh world. McCarthy illustrated some present day dilemma that the parents face. He illustrates these in a really heart breaking clarity by placing the main character against a stark backdrop.


Make yourself a cup of coffee, grab a headphone and  dive in the world of books. Drop down your comments below and list your favourite ones, if you feel that there are some really good books and novels that we missed out.

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