7 Books That Changed The World
Reading is a very important skill to have. If a child is taught how to early enough, they’ll be far more interested in reading leading into their adult life. Those of us who enjoy literature quite a bit might be more familiar with “books that changed the world.” Here are some of the titles that had a big impact on our society:
1. 1984 by George Orwell
This was a very controversial book as it presented London’s future government in a bad light. In the title year of the book, citizens are watched over by the Thought Police who have skills bordering on mind-reading.
People are controlled by having their memories never properly function. After joining a secret organization known as The Brotherhood, main character Winston fights against the establishment along with his beloved Julia.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lee’s book tells of one lawyer’s bravery in the face of deep injustice and blind hatred. In addition to being translated into more than forty languages, it has also sold more than 30 million copies across the globe.
Through the eyes of a young girl, we are shown the story of her lawyer father who defends a black man he wholeheartedly believes is innocent of the violent crime he’s been accused of.
3. The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
Long ago in the land of Middle Earth, rings were forged by Elven-smiths and given to each race. Sauron, the Dark Lord, sought to consolidate his power and control all races and has the One Ring forged. The ring was taken from him after the battle, cursing him to exist without physical form.
Eventually, the One Ring finds its way to Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who must go along with Gandalf the Grey and others to toss it into the fires of Mt. Doom and truly destroy the Dark Lord for good.
Tolkien’s book had such a large impact on the world, it spawned a series of movies games and even inspired other authors like Christopher Paolini to write the Eragon series.
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Just before his planet is set to be destroyed for an interstellar bypass, Earthling Arthur Dent is whisked away by Ford Prefect, a friend who conducts research for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. Though, for the last decade, Dent assumed Prefect’s out-of-work actor persona was completely true.
After hitching a ride on an alien ship, the pair set off an insane journey across the universe meet Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy, and Marvin the depressed robot.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter had no idea who or what he was. Aside from their names, he also had no idea who his parents were. One day, magical letters from Hogwarts began to flood his aunt and uncle’s home, much to their dismay.
When the young boy turned 11, a large man named Rubeus Hagrid burst into the house to deliver a message to Harry: he was a wizard and there was a class seat waiting for him at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
If you’re looking or a child-friendly series, this is a great one to pick up for your kids.
6. Carrie by Stephen King
Carrie was an awkward and lonely teenager constantly picked on by fellow classmates. What they don’t know is that she’s got a special gift: she has the ability to move things with her mind.
The problem is that she has trouble controlling it. After someone shows her kindness, she finally has a chance to be normal. But a cruel surprise planned by her classmates drives her to a level of horror and destructiveness only seen in nightmares.
7. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
It is thanks to hard-hitting journalism that the standards in many industries have been changed. In 1906, Sinclair aimed to do the same with his book describing the exploitation, poverty, and terrible working conditions suffered by immigrants in the meat-packing industry of Chicago.
“I aimed for the public’s heart,” he once wrote, “and by accident, I hit it in the stomach.” Thanks to this book, the Meat Inspection Act was passed within a year of its release, along with the Pure Food and Drug Act.
You can thank this author for setting the groundwork for what would later be the Food and Drug Administration.