24 Books You Should Read Before You Turn 24

In no particular order, we have compiled the most exciting, intelligent and interesting books, you should read before turning twenty-four. Touching base on the most important classics, such as Goethe’s Faust and the most frightening book in English literature, Orwell’s 1984 and contemporary classics, such as Murakami’s Norwegian Wood, we have grazed every corner of literature. Enter Charles Darwin, the incomparable Gatsby, Scout Finch, The Dalai Lama and Sigmund Freud in our list to educate you on manners of the heart, intellect and life. 

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All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one’s own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane.
It was curious to think that the sky was the same for everybody, in Eurasia or Eastasia as well as here. And the people under the sky were also very much the same—everywhere, all over the world, hundreds or thousands of millions of people just like this, people ignorant of one another’s existence, held apart by walls of hatred and lies, and yet almost exactly the same—people who had never learned to think but were storing up in their hearts and bellies and muscles the power that would one day overturn the world.
—  George Orwell, 1984


1984 by George Orwell

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  • 4.5/5 - Amazon

"Yet before one has finished reading the nearly bemused first page, it is evident that this is fiction of another order, and presently one makes the distinctly unpleasant discovery that it is not to be satire at all." — The New York Times Book Review

"Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written." —Amazon

Read excerpts from the novel here!

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