At Geekymonks, we sternly believe there is something undeniably distinctive and special about reading books.
Moreover, we love to read books and talk about them. So over the past few weeks, we requested our team to clarify a few feelers:
Why do they read books?
What is their favourite thing about books?
Which are their favourite books?
The rejoinders we received were a treat to learn. There were a few who have loved reading since they even kenned how. Some came to relish the hobby later in life. Yet, we collectively as a team could relate to many of the memories that were shared. Except, there were a lot of opinions fired back and forth, as we had to choose the five best books of all time. And it was rightfully so because there are tens and thousands, if not millions of good books out there, which influence, inspire and entertain us, individually.
From classics that push us to interact with squiggles and vague lines until they metamorphose into characters, narratives, and ideas to novels and foreign literature that magnify our imagination and expose us to new cultures and lifestyles, respectively. All in all, reading is a workout in pertinacity, in which you continually challenge yourself to gain and accomplish more than you did with your last book.
After posing the question to our fellow book-savvy co-workers and, receiving a lot of nominations and putting it to a vote, we finally settled on 5 titles; books that have the power to change the way you conceive and sense; reflecting our diverse interests here at Geekymonks.
Here are the 5 books to read before you die.
1984 by George Orwell
In the mid-twentieth century, George Orwell surely couldn’t have known how momentous his words might have been when he penned the dystopian novel 1984. Great Britain has slumped and given way to Airstrip One, a region of the fictitious superstate Oceania. Airstrip One is controlled by Big Brother, an equivocal leader who uses ubiquitous government surveillance and a cult of personality to strengthen law and order. Winston Smith, the book’s protagonist, must steer the Party, acknowledge Big Brother, and beat his own logic, which grows more wicked by the day.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22, an American classic, is synonymous with a dark and comedic good read. Yossarian, an Italian bomb crew member during World War II, is dire to absolve himself from the increasingly high number of self-destructive missions his commanders compel him and his fellow servicemen to complete. The kicker comes when he comprehends the corrupt bureaucratic rule, Catch-22, which lists him as insane if he resumes the missions but normal—and inappropriate for relief—if he beseeches to be removed from duty. Mind-bending, right?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
You may feel like consuming a hallucinogenic drug once in your life after you read this mind-bending book; and if you have already taken a hallucinogenic drug then you are in for a treat! This book is a tell-tale of a crazy, wild weekend in Las Vegas where the author and his Samoan attorney, Dr Gonzo, are entrusted to cover a biker’s event in the wastelands of Nevada. The woolly-minded duo never gets the *****—not much of a spoiler—but what did come off the drug trip is a tour de force of a forgotten era.
The Stranger by Albert Camus
In one way, Albert Camus’ The Stranger is a story of strangeness, destruction, darkness, and murder; in other, it’s a discourse on the crazy, yet absurd power of human understanding. It is a book with a dual viewpoint. Camus, summarized his book The Stranger a long time ago, with a comment stating it is highly ambiguous: He also stated that, in our community and society, any individual who does not mourn at his mother’s requiem runs the risk of being punished to death. He only indicated that the protagonist in his book is doomed because he does not play by the book or game.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
In the late 19th century, worlds collided when European colonizers arrived on the African mainland to build outposts for their respective queens and kings. What transpired to the homelands, the indigenes, and the homesteaders were nothing short of awful and catastrophic. Things Fall Apart tells the tale of pre-colonial Africa and the sweeping loss the world underwent when these traditions and civilizations were wiped out.
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