Books can stick with readers for a long period after reading. Some books are able to change the perspective of how we look at the world and blow our mind. Here are 20 books that will blow your mind.

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell published in 1949, the is political satire. This is an unusual work that grows more haunting as its futuristic torment becomes more real. It is a nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor man named Winston Smith’s attempt to find individuality. The novel by Orwell is brilliant and one of those books that will blow your mind. It’s because of his clairvoyance of modern life such as the ever-present television, the distortion of the language and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. George Orwell presents his readers with a vision of a haunting world that is captivating from the beginning to end.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, which was published in 1932. The book is mostly set in a futuristic World State, that is inhabited by genetically modified citizens and there is an intelligence-based social hierarchy. The novel pre-empts huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society. However, the society is soon challenged by the story’s protagonist. Brave New World by Aldous is frightening but thought-provoking. For obvious reasons this book is one of those books that will blow your mind.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein a Gothic novel by Mary Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, who discovers the secret of reanimating the dead and brings a creature to life, only to reject his hideous creation, and creates a monster. Frakenstein’s monster is left tormented and in isolation and soon the innocent creature turns on his creator Victor. Through her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley shows her readers the dangers of science and human judgment.

The Trial by Franz Kafka

The Trial by Franz Kafka was written in 1914 but not published until 1925, a year after Kafka’s death. This book is in our list of books that will blow your mind because of it’s plot. The Trial is the terrifying story of Josef K., who is a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and he must defend himself against a charge he has no information about. The Trial by Franz Kafka can be read as an existential story, a parable it has resonated with chilling truth for generations of readers.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut published in 1969 is considered as world’s one of the best antiwar book. It is an American classic, set on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden. Kurt Vonnegut described Slaughterhouse Five as a 23 year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. The book is a combination of historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire revolving around the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son who is turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. Just like Vonnegut, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a prisoner of war. However, unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, and is unstuck in time. Slaughterhouse Five is an intriguing and powerful novel. Likewise belongs to those books that will blow your mind.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury published in 1953, is story of Guy Montag who is a fireman. In Montag’s world, there are television rules, literature is on the brink of extinction and firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of objects, the printed books, along with the houses in which the books are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions cause.

He returns each day to his dull life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day on television. One day Guy meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. Fahrenheit 451 is a riveting novel.

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding begins at the dawn of the next world war, as a plane crashes on an unknown island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, they celebrate their freedom as they are far from the civilization the boys can do anything they want. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. So as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night and as terror starts its reign, the hope of adventure appears as far from reality as well the hope of being rescued. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding is a remarkable story of the end of innocence and the darkness of man’s heart.

The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a philosophical novel that was first published in July 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine, but as editors feared the story was improper, they deleted 500 words before its publication. After that Wilde revised and expanded the magazine edition, publishing it as a novel. The Picture Of Dorian Gray is written in Wilde’s distinctively dazzling manner. It is the story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty.

The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Stranger by Albert Camus explores what the author termed as “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd” through the story of an ordinary man who is drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. It is a haunting and challenging novel that delves into the complex concepts of existential philosophy and explores the themes of alienation, fear of anonymity, spiritual doubt, and the qualities that lie behind one’s character.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell is a story set on a farm that is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals who are fed up of their human masters. The animals of the farm rise in rebellion against the humans with flaming idealism and stirring slogans, and they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. However, as time goes on, they realize things are not going the way they expected. Animal Farm by George Orwell, is a political satire based on corrupted ideals, revolutions, and class conflict. The novel appears like a simple story of farm animals, but the story is actually a much deeper political commentary.

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

The strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a novella written by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. He soon finds himself dragged from a world of genial hospitality into London’s dreary nights, which are enveloped in shadows and fog and stalked by the mad Edward Hyde. Utterson’s mission to find the truth is not only a detective story loaded with twists, but it has an intense meditation on man’s innate dualistic nature. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is an exhilarating novel with a shocking twist.

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Neuromancer by William Gibson is a cyberpunk, science fiction that was published in 1984. The story follows Henry Dorsett Case who was the sharpest data-thief in the business, until some vindictive former employees crippled his nervous system. Now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him to target an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence that is orbiting the Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. Soon Case embarks on an adventure of lifetime. Neuromancer is a thought-provoking read.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Truman Capote in his book ‘In Cold Blood’ traces the murders that took place on November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, where four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by shotgun that was held a few inches from their faces. The crime had no motive and there were almost no clues. Truman Capote details the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. He creates a captivating suspense and astonishing empathy. Capote shows the young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock to be deplorable and yet fully and scarily human. 

Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art And Science Of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer was an instant bestseller when it was published in 2011. This book recounts Joshua Foer’s yearlong journey to improve his memory. He draws on innovative research, a surprising cultural history of remembering, and respected tricks of the mentalist’s trade to transform our understanding of human memory. From the United States Memory Championship to deep within the author’s own mind, this is a riveting work of journalism that reminds readers how much of our memories influence us.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. In the book in order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a young boy who lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were also the candidates for the soldier-training program but did not make the cut but the young Ender is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room. However, while growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a 100 years, and the journey for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are as unusual as he is, but in different ways. Between the three of them, they can reshape the world, if the world survives.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess’s is a nightmare vision of the future where criminals take over after dark. The story is narrated by a teen gang leader Alex in inventive slang that reflects the violent intensity of youth rebelling against society. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess is a frightening story about good and evil and the meaning of human freedom.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

The Things They Carried is a semi-autobiographical novel by Tim O’Brien. This book is about the Vietnam war, inspired by O’Brien’s experiences in the war from 1969 to 1970. The book has an unique artistic vision demonstrated by the author. The book goes from an arc of fictional episodes, taking place in the childhoods of its characters to the jungles of Vietnam and back home in America two decades later. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a groundbreaking novel about war. It’s one of those books that will blow your mind.

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes is the story of a mentally disabled man named Charlie whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary laboratory mouse. In the form of diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie receives an operation that turns him into a genius and introduces him to heartache. Charlie’s intelligence expands until it exceeds that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment is an important scientific breakthrough until Algernon begins to deteriorate suddenly and unexpectedly. Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes is a powerful and emotional novel.

The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name Of The Rose is debut novel by Umberto Eco published in 1994. The book is set in the year 1327. It follows Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey who are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville comes to investigate. His mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, and Brother William turns detective. He uses tools that are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, and the empirical insights of Roger Bacon. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the unearthly labyrinth of the abbey, where the most interesting things happen at night.

Outliers: The Story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

In his book ‘Outliers: The Story Of Success’ Malcolm Gladwell takes his readers on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” who are the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful people. In this book he asks the question, what makes high-achievers different? He answers this question by telling his reader that they pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the peculiar experiences of their upbringing. He also explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles an iconic rock band. 

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