5 books everyone should read regardless of their degree

You could be studying botany and it wouldn’t matter, here are 5 books everyone should read regardless of their degree:

1. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intense novel. Based on Plath’s own experience of her breakdown in college.

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

Both of these novels are poignant and often distressing, but the themes and messages within are significant for most; ideas of suicide, depression, and anxiety are important, not just for those who live with such, but for those who don’t so they can understand it better. An interesting read to anyone who has experienced challenges to their mental health.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

If you haven’t read this yet. Pick it up today. This book is a classic example of 20th century American literature. Set in Alabama in the 1930s during the Great Depression. To Kill a Mockingbird, in particular, is perhaps one of the greatest novels ever penned.

4. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Lee and Zusak’s respective works are historically and personally significant. The horrors and atrocities of both black slavery and racism and World War Two should not be forgotten, and these books ignite the past and present history in the horrible truth that humans are inherently and unforgettably flawed.

5. The Secret History – Donna Tartt

The Secret History is such a fantastic novel that it should be read by all; it explores the boundaries of morality and philosophy against the backdrop of life at university. Donna Tartt’s mastery and sheer skill is a rare talent.

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