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Do you ever have an ample amount of free time? You should consider picking up a book! Here is a list of my favorite literature:

Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath, a novel by John Steinbeck, was published in 1939. The book takes place during the Great Depression, and it depicts the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships as migrant farm workers. Many agree that this is one of Steinbeck’s most influential and iconic works, and the book won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1940.

Big Sur, by Jack Kerouac

Big Sur revolves around the life of the alter ego of author Jack Kerouac, and the events that happened in his friend’s cabin. The protagonist is a published author who has become an alcoholic as he falls victim to unrealistic public expectations. As the narrative proceeds, the protagonist goes to a cabin to find a way out of his troubles and finds solace. This novel is an unconventional work of the author and departs from an objective narrative, narrating the actual mental state of the protagonist.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a gripping narrative about a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago and his journey to find the greatest treasure in the world, gold. This charming story follows Santiago on his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there. Santiago travels across great distances and encounters crazy adventures in his quest for gold.  This book, full of wisdom, alludes to the fact that the ultimate treasure is actually found within oneself.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a semi-autobiographical novel by American journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson. Written roman a clef style, which overlays real incidents from Thompson’s life with fictional absurdity, the novel follows Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo as they arrive in Las Vegas to chase the American Dream under the influence of heavy drugs. The book explores American drug culture while musing on the failures of the 1960s counterculture movement.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Stranger, the first novel written by Albert Camus, was published in French as L’Étranger in 1942. The novel follows Meursault, a Frenchman who lives in Algiers. Throughout the text, Meursault speaks on his inability to feel “normal” human emotion, of which leads him to commit a crime and be sentenced to death. The narrative follows Meursault’s philosophical journey to the acceptance of his death.


I hope you read some of these great novels!


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