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10 Great Books For Men

Published June 20, 2011        by Sarah

Chapter One of the Great Gatsby
Chapter One of the Great Gatsby

Some men love to read and have a vast library. For them, a book is a gift of travel and suspense and otherworldly sensations. Others are more comfortable reading the Financial Times or Sports Illustrated than an actual novel. But if you are a man who would like to get more into reading the best books or a friend who wants to give a man book gifts, put these ten great books on your list.

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  6. Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  7. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  9. Ulysses by James Joyce
  10. The Art of Warfare by Sun Tzu

Yes, some of these, if not all of these classics were on your English Literature reading list in high school or college. But that doesn’t mean that they’re just for students. They are for students of life. What makes each of these books great is an author who was ahead of his time.

Many of these titles star a fierce hero who overcomes adversity. But that’s not the draw here. It’s the writing style and the treatment of the subject matter. Each book on this list is written in a voice that only that particular author could have created.

Image by ruifernandes on FlickrIn The Great Gatsby, for instance, the hero is a rich man named Jay Gatsby (yes, he was played by Robert Redford in the movie version). The story is set in the glory days of the 1920s when money was thrown around by those who had it. The story line is not what keeps readers coming back. Instead, it’s the way F. Scott Fitzgerald infuses his particular genius on the material. The narrator is not Gatsby, but Nick Hornby. His likeable and yet fragile narrator takes on a completely different voice than the voice of the man Gatsby himself. Books of this type do not come along every day and so it should be in any library of classics.

Great books abound. Of course, there are more than ten that should be included in every thinking man’s repertoire. But today’s authors also produce their own brand of greatness. The likes of Stephen King cannot be duplicated. His brand of writing has thrilled every reader who has ever experienced its spine tingling beauty.

For men who want to become readers, or the people who want to give them the great authors, there’s no shortage of amazing books out there. Browse online to sign up for book blog feeds and you will find that readers spring up with superb recommendations on what to read next.

If you're looking for baby book gifts for a little man, there are plenty of options out there, but you're likely going to want to look at Little Einstein book sets or Mickey Mouse instead. Now if you find yourself at a loss for the manly men of your life, look up the classics and staff picks at a book store or go online to a site like Amazon, Borders, or Barnes and Noble, and see which books rank in the tops. Of millions of books, only one book can be number one. Breeze on by and see what it is. Chances are, once you get it home and read it, you’ll have no trouble recognizing why it hit that top position and stayed there.

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