The must-have books for your home
Aug 23rd, 2018
The saying goes: you are what you eat. But how about: you are what you read?
The books (or lack of books) aligned on any shelf or table can give insight into a person’s style, dreams, and character. There’s even research that says so.
But there are some books that transcend all tastes, books that most can find enjoyment in. We’ve compiled a list of those must-reads that you can proudly display in your home. And if you’re feeling like a challenge, work your way through this list of the best 100 novels of all time.
If you haven’t already read these celebrated novels, now is the time. Search for these in used bookshops – look for early editions with unique cover art. There are too many classic titles to name here… but we hope this inspires you to read more.
Any book by Ernest Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald
Any book by Jane Austen or one of the Brontë sisters
Any Shakespeare play
1984 by George Orwell
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
There’s plenty of recent-ish literature that will open your eyes to different lives and worlds. The list of great pieces of fiction is endless, but the below will get you started. These contemporary novels are sure to be classics one day.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Essays in Love by Alain de Botton
Good Omens by Neil Gaimon & Terry Pratchett
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
People have led truly extraordinary, tragic, uplifting lives. Step into someone else’s shoes with one of the below reads.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Long Walk to Freedom, The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Whether you’re into in history, politics, or mindfulness, learn something new with a non-fiction book.
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Art of War by Sun Tzn
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
It also doesn’t hurt to have a dictionary and an atlas on hand.
Children’s books aren’t just for kids. Revisit your childhood with these classics or get your own kids started on their reading journey.
Anything written by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter (the whole collection) by J.K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Canada has produced lots of notable authors. Support your country’s talent by picking up one (or all) of the below.
Anything written by Margaret Atwood or Alice Munro
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje