There’s nothing quite as satisfying as immersing yourself in a good book. When you let your imagination run wild and become so identified with a novel that you develop emotional ties with the protagonist, you are transported to another realm. As Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.” So for International Literacy Day, here’s our top ten classics for you to get lost in:

1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The epic journey of a madman’s pursuit of a whale. This mesmerizing tale boasts memorable characters, the struggle of good and evil, and the ultimate sea monster to keep you breathlessly turning each page.

2. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

The Jazz Age classic that will have you searching for a time-traveling machine. This star-crossed romance between Jay Gatsby and Daisy is set in the decadent Long Island social scene of the 1920s.

3. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The “coming of age” story of rebellious teenager Holden Caulfield. His character emerges over a three-day time frame as he battles with his identity in a ‘phony’ world.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A captivating romance with one of literature’s best-loved heroines. Told through the witty eyes of Elizabeth Bennet, her search for a husband is both humorous and thought-provoking.

5. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The whimsical fantasy as popular with adults as children tells the tale of an ordinary girl who falls down a rabbit hole into an enchanted world.

6. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

If you didn’t already know, these eight bestselling fantasy novels chronicle the life of teenage wizard Harry and his friends at their extraordinary school, Hogwarts.

7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The iconic tragedy that tells of two lovers’ forbidden love. Passionate, poetic and definitely one to get the tissues out for.

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The classic required reading novel examines racial prejudice and social justice in 1930s Alabama as narrator Scout Finch recounts events of her childhood.

9. Little Women (free kindle book on Amazon) by Louisa May Alcott

A heartwarming tale of four very different sisters, each pursuing different dreams in the 19th Century. The protagonist,  Jo, is comical, charming and an inspiring character, searching for her place in a man’s world.

10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Counterculture icon Ken Kesey hilariously — and poignantly — chronicles the exploits of Randall P. McMurphy, a manic free spirit who takes refuge in an insane asylum to avoid prison.

Whether you’re a book worm or a novice reader, these classic books are sure to ignite your love for literature.

Looking for something more contemporary? Take your pick from this selection of fiction and nonfiction bestsellers.

1. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow: 44 weeks on the bestseller list, and the biography was turned into a smash hit broadway musical.

2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.

3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: A modern-day, fictional retelling of the American system of passageways that led slaves to freedom.

4. Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory: The ties and conflicts among three royal women in the court of Henry VIII.

5. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: Set during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, based on America’s first serial killer — soon to be a Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio film.

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