It’s certain, folks: the season’s conclusion is approaching. It has been a terrible, anxiety-inducing, ethically challenged era, but at least there’s been some pretty excellent writing to accompany it. Wherever we can, we’ll look for silver linings.
We book aficionados have read so much and so extensively that we’ve seen everything. The wonderful, the awful, the so-bad-it’s-good, the blah, and the life-altering. We’ve all been exposed to a range of styles of writing. Some absolutely lovely books, on the other hand, stand out from the crowd…not only because they were well-written, spoke through, or made us feel at ease, but because the writing blew us away.
These are the books that have a hundred beautiful words strewn across social media, initial lines penned in notebooks, underlined, and reread again and over because you didn’t want to miss it (and you read it out loud, too, because how is this sentence so flawless?). Several novels contain quotable, beautiful stuff that is a pleasure to read due to the author’s use of vocabulary.
This is a collection of books that have beautiful writing from start to finish. The language is lush, detailed, and tragic, painting a wonderful picture of the story you choose. Pick up one of these gems, and you’ll be in for a feast you’ll remember for weeks afterward.
1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
The Book of the Lion, the Book of the Witch, and the Book of the Wardrobe is without a doubt one of the best books ever written. Narnia, the land of fantastical creatures, speaking animals, and feuding kingdoms, is the setting for this well-known fantasy story. The plot follows the lives of schoolchildren when they become engaged in the fate of this fantastic universe.
2. 1984 – George Orwell
1984 is a dystopian, dictatorial novel in which free will and love are outlawed in the future. This warning about a society plagued by distrust and deception may be more relevant than ever, despite the passage of time.
3. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner tells the story of a privileged boy’s unusual friendship with the son of his father’s servant, a story that is both fascinating and heartbreaking. You’ll be riveted from start to finish by this remarkable story, set in Afghanistan during a time of grief and ruin.
4. Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five is undeniably one of the greatest books that are ever written on anti-war themes. This amusing tale follows the life of Billy Pilgrim as he lives through World War II with a very different perspective.
5. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961 and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning picture in 1962, bringing the novel and its figures new life and sway in American society.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and quickly became a literary masterpiece. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, a brilliant young girl, tells the story of prejudice in the American South through her naive wide-eyed perspective. Their legendary characters, most prominently Atticus Finch, a sympathetic and just lawyer and father who rose to prominence during a time of high race tensions in the United States, served as role models and helped shift attitudes in the country.
6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
In a time of Nazi tyranny, The Book Thief is a story of daring, faith, and companionship. This novel, which is recounted by Death himself, will have you clutching your breath for pages at a time.
7. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
In 1967, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Colombian author, wrote his most renowned masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The book chronicles the Buenda family over seven generations, from the founding of their town Macondo until its collapse, along with the last of the family’s descendants. The novel examines the genre of magical realism in fantasy form by emphasizing the remarkable character of regular things while mystic things have been shown to be mundane. In presenting history and Latin American culture, Marquez emphasizes the existence and force of myth and folk story.
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