Books That Will Change Who You Are

Ishaan Bakshi
2 min readFeb 8, 2023

It is difficult to determine the “best” books of all time as it is subjective and varies greatly based on personal opinions and experiences. However, there are some books that have stood the test of time and have been widely recognized for their impact and significance.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee — It’s a powerful novel that deals with racial injustice and prejudice, set in the 1930s South.

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen — Again a classic novel that explores societal norms, class, and the journey of self-discovery.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald — It’s a tale of the decadence and excess of the Roaring Twenties, examining the American Dream and societal class structures.

“1984” by George Orwell — A dystopian novel that portrays a totalitarian society where freedom and individuality are suppressed.

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank — It’s a first-hand account of the life of a Jewish girl during the Holocaust, her thoughts, and experiences.

“Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville — It’s an epic novel about a whaling voyage and the obsession of the ship’s captain, Ahab, with revenge against a giant white whale.

“War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy — It’s a sweeping historical epic about the Napoleonic Wars and the impact they had on Russian society.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez — Quite a magical realist novel that explores the history of the Buendía family over several generations.

“The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien — It’s a classic fantasy novel that follows the journey of hobbit Frodo Baggins as he endeavors to destroy the One Ring and save Middle-earth.

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams —It’s a comedic science fiction novel that takes readers on a journey through space and time with the eccentric character, Arthur Dent.


These are just a few examples of books that have been widely recognized and celebrated as some of the greatest of all time. It is important to remember that literary excellence is subjective and that personal opinions and experiences greatly influence an individual’s perception of what makes a book “great.”



Ishaan Bakshi

“I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot” — JD Salinger