Ten Books Everyone Should Have on their Bookcase

I realise I’ve been a bit sparse on the book blogging front this week – no excuse, I was just in a slump – but now I’m back with some planned posts to get me up and running again.

Today I have a simple list!

Ten Books Everyone Should Have on Their Bookcase

Whether you’ve actually read these books or not – you should – but doesn’t matter, but according to numerous websites I’ve researched and general consensus, these are the book you should always own on your bookshelves!

1.    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A lot of these are classics funnily enough and Jane Eyre is one of the greatest. A bildungsroman (a story started from beginning of life onwards) the novel follows Jane Eyre through terrible childhood onto adulthood and watches her quaint little figure full in love with the dark Mr Rochester who harbours a terrible secret. Gothic, suspenseful, romantic and intriguing it is a classic loved by many and a very good book!

2.    The Complete Collection of William Shakespeare

This definitely comes under the book that everyone should own but not necessarily read. I find that our complete collection at home is too big for me to even lift, except when using it as a doorstop, and I prefer to read the plays separately. But if I ever desire to read a play – which are surprisingly quite short – then I have the complete collection of plays, and sonnets, to go to.

3.    The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

This diary is one of the most important, if not the most important, in history and it is written by a young girl trapped in a situation and annexe from which there is no escape. It is the ramblings of a teenager so it grows in its indecency and puberty-related topics, rather than stick to the topics of the day, but when you’re stuck in annexe with people you hardly know yet have to abide it is amazing that Anne had anything to write about, let alone the strength to write about, at all.

4.    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Another classic! The ultimate love story by Jane Austen – which I’ve still yet to read, but nonetheless have – is supposedly Austen’s greatest work. Humorous, witty and incredibly romantic the story follows Elizabeth Bennet and her four sisters on their way to matrimony.

5.    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another book I’ve yet to read. This story follows a court trial of a black man defended by a white man and discusses the topics of racism in the South of America. I don’t know much more than that as I have never read it nor seen a production/movie of it but the story is second-to-none in most people’s eyes.

6.    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Simply written from the perspective of Offred (Of Fred – females aren’t allowed names) this story tells the life of a ‘’maid’ in a dystopian version of America – where pregnancy and successful labours are a thing of the past and society is crumbling. It is simple in the sense that Offred narrates only that of her daily life, the ritualised sex and violence of the new society which occasional glimpses into her past life before the collapse. It has an ambiguous ending but a hopeful one and is considered Atwood’s best work.

7.    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Another dystopian – slightly sci-fi – novel set in the 1960s onwards in a time when life expectancy is over 100 by the use of clones, reared from birth, organs. It is not a story about the horrors of this or really about this, instead it is written fro the perspective of one of the ‘’donors’ about her and her friends Ruth & Tommy. It is a novel of youth, freedom and love and it is moving as well as disturbing.

8.    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald

I finally got around to reading this book this year and I did enjoy. It is a story of consumerism, love, mistakes and youth and it is haunting as well as rather simple. It is a novella, rather than novel, although it is considered the great All-American Novel for simply sticking to the 1920s glamour and theme of American life. A fast-paced, love story which ends darkly and slightly ambiguously.

9.    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

It has to be on here!  Not only is Harry Potter the bestseller children’s books of all time it is probably one of the most recognisable of all time as well. It is a pre-determined collection of stories which should be on ever bookshelf and it is a wonderful set of stories at that. A modern classic.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Although this series loses favour for its obvious religious agenda if you ignore, as children are want to do, it is a beautiful series of fantastical creatures and numerous adventures. Whilst poor Susan’s ending is not the most heart-lifting and some of the stories drag in comparison to others, it is a series that should no-less remain on a bookcase in every home.

There we have it. Ten Books Everyone Should have on their bookshelves!

Happy Reading!


  1. 6/10 I'm doing pretty good. I think I have 7/10 if you include ebooks.

  2. I love that Jane Eyre and the HP series are included. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels of all time!

  3. I only have Harry Potter books in my shelf. Will add those you suggested.