Friday, April 26, 2013

10 books to read before the end of the world

According to this article.

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
I haven't read it.  My son has though.  Maybe I'll get started on it.

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Read this one way back in Grade 9 or 10.  I don't remember anything much about it.  My son wants to read it.  So I guess I'll re-read it now.

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
I read this in in Grade 9 too, immediately after "Animal Farm".  At that time I didn't quite understand what a satire was, let alone concepts of dictatorship or communism or socialism.  Back to my son (see the theme emerging?) - I'll get his copy and re-read.

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
Another one in the science-fiction genre though some critics laud it as a "coming of age" story. Somehow the synopsis doesn't appeal to me.

Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
Ha!  You guessed it.  My son had this book for his English and hated it.  Mom's genes go into their offspring, something tells me I wont like it either.

Neuromancer, William Gibson
Pretty interesting tale.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

I found many of Bradbury's woks to be kind of sadistic, so I have always been hesitant of reaching out for this one.
The Time Machine, HG Wells
I love the concept of time travel.  That's the only thing that was attractive about this one.
Divergent, Veronica Roth
Never even heard of this.
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
I prefer other Atwood books.  But to give credit where due - her writing skills are truly superb.

Which ones on this list have you read?  Did you like them?


  1. The Hunger Games is very good, although the final book dragged on a bit, I thought.
    Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, 1984 - all read when I was in college, the latter two being textbooks. Enjoyed them all, although none of them were positive in outlook.
    Ray Bradbury books are ok, I've read most of them... again, they're mostly not happy endings, but readable.
    I dont enjoy Japanese authors, in general, and I've tried a few. Perhaps that's the fault of the translation, but I don't think so.
    Haven't read the others, but might try Margaret Atwood :)

    1. Will definitely get started on Hunger Games.

  2. Ah, of COURSE I've read The Time Machine by H G Wells! Dunno how I missed that out the first time! :)

  3. Nice list.....Will have to get chipping. My read-through rate has slowed so much in the past 6 months :(

    1. Sometimes that tends to happen...I used to catch up on reading on my commute - now that I telecommute - reading rate has slowed down too.