Lord of the Flies by William Golding

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.” — William Golding, Lord of the Flies     Them kids are crazy! William Golding really does dig deep into the soul of children to extrapolate human nature and all its ugliness. You’d think that children would be safe from all the evil that men are capable…

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if…

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” — John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men     We’re all bound to hear about Mr. Steinbeck and his famous and critically acclaimed novels at least once in our lives. Of Mice and Men figures among his most popular works of fiction and there’s no…

Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“And though I suffer for you, yet it eases my heart to suffer for you.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Poor Folk     Crime and Punishment was an absolutely mesmerizing first experience of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s writing. Being able to read his very first novel, the one that brought him great fame, is an opportunity that I just couldn’t…

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

“Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.” — Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf     It takes a troubled soul to concoct such a…

The Giver by Lois Lowry

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” — Lois Lowry, The Giver     Imagine a society where everyone is treated equally. There are countless rules in place to keep the community in check and not a single one is meant to be broken…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it..” — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird     Remember that book that comes to mind when you’re asked what you were forced to read during school? To Kill a…

Dune by Frank Herbert

MY RATING: ★★★★★ “Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” As I finished reading this novel, I was wondering why I haven’t heard about DUNE before. Why hasn’t Dune invaded our popular culture like Star Wars,…

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince     Do you know what makes a classic, a classic? Let me tell you. It’s in their ability to withstand the test of time. It’s in their power to…

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

“What’s it going to be then, eh?” — Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange      This is hands-down one of my favorite reads of 2016. It blows my mind how much it’s innovative, thought-provoking and dreadfully disturbing. It blends good and evil as if they weren’t water and oil. It succeeds in delivering a criminal-ridden dystopia…

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment        We all know what’s the endgame here. Someone will commit a crime. Punishment will follow. Now, now. Don’t think it’s that…

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol           They say there’s a book for every person. Well, I say that there’s also a book for every time of the year. I took these holidays to acquaint myself with…

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

“The defenders of decent society and the disciples of degeneracy are often the same people.” — Caleb Carr, The Alienist           Hello. My name is Lashaan and I’m a sucker for classics. It comes as no surprise that the year is about to end and you can’t help but admire all…

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie

My rating : ★★★★☆ “So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan: Fairy Tales           After seeing millions of adaptations and hearing about the tale,…

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” — Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde           It doesn’t come as a surprise that I’ve laid hands on this beautiful…

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

“that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World           Have you ever imagined that even the most perfect utopia imaginable couldn’t bring the happiness you truly desire? Aldous…

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.” – Ken Kesey, One Flew Over The CuCkoo’s Nest              Insanity. How do you grasp such a concept? How do you understand its core and all that it implies? The notion of insanity has always intrigued me and will always be a problem in our society….

Animal Farm by George Orwell

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell, Animal Farm             Beauty comes in many forms. Never will its definition coincide from a mortal to another. It jumps at you when you least expect it. It steals your soul and leaves your wandering. How is it possible? What…

Omertà by Mario Puzo

“Some honorable men spend their whole life preparing for a supreme act of treachery” – Mario Puzo in OmertÀ             You know when you hear great words on a novel and forever memorize the author’s name? You then wish to know his career evolution, discover his work and assume being his number 1 fan right…

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Don Corleone in The Godfather             What if I told you The Godfather is claimed to be one of the best piece of motion picture of all time? What came to my mind is an insatiable urge to find the novel and thoroughly read it before satisfying my cinematic needs….