Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Ready Player One is the story of teenager Wade Watts and his journey through the virtual world of the OASIS. Although the story seems shallow at first, this book is incredibly dense and thick with thematic ideas that challenge the traditional view of reality. With this theme as an underlying factor throughout the entire story, Ernest Cline makes over 1,000 references to 80s music, movies, video games, etc. I highly recommend the book for all nerds, geeks, and lovers of sci-fi.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
In his work Animal Farm, Orwell, a democratic socialist criticizes the Stalinist era in Russia through an allegorical story. Orwell believed that Russia had become a relentless dictatorship based on a cult of personality. He used the allegory of the Animals in Animal Farm to bring this to his reader’s attention and call out anyone who followed Stalin with blind faith. I highly recommend this book for any coming-of-age and aspiring political intellectuals.
The Communist Manifesto By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
In their political powerhouse, political revolutionists Marx and Engels lay down the basis of the communist philosophy and lifestyle. By pointing out the evils of capitalism, consumerism, and the docile power religion has on people, Marx and Engels look to reform the traditional government system.
The Fountainhead By Ayn Rand
Although I personally disagree with about 95% of this book, I still recommend it to people interested (like me) in political philosophies. This work is basically the antithesis to The Communist Manifesto it pushes the philosophy of a rational dependence on oneself and the pursuit for an objectivist and perfect society achieved through capitalism.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Who doesn’t love a riveting mystery? Sherlock Holmes revolutionizes literature and continues to this day and through reading Doyle’s work it is very clear why. Sherlock travels throughout England and solves mysteries with intensive detail and demands your absolute attention. These works will have you staying up late with your coffee (or tea, if that’s your thing) until the sun begins to rise on the horizon.
12 Angry Men By Reginald Rose
This is an amazing manifesto to the American trial system. The power of this book cannot be overstated. It challenges ideas that were set in stone during the time of writing and its style offers a valid commentary on our modern society today. This book is so splendid, it has no need to change the setting. Thus, this entire story has 12 characters (with minimal side characters that truly aren’t necessary) all in one room.