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What to Read? 3 Best Books To Read For A Beginner, Veteran and Expert from Each Genre – Part 1

What to Read? 3 Best Books To Read For A Beginner, Veteran and Expert from Each Genre – Part 1

Books have a preferred writing style that makes comprehension easy for readers who have mastered a certain level of fluency in reading a language. One of the secrets to acquiring knowledge is to read. A lot. Picking up a book and reading the words is the easy part. Reading to understand is much harder. The key is not simply to read more but rather be selective about what we read and how we are reading.

If a book is too hard, you become frustrated and discouraged; a book that’s too easy is boring. Knowing your reading level is the key to match yourself with the most appropriate yet, challenging books. The best way to grow as a reader is by reading text that’s not too hard and not too easy, or what some call the “independent” reading level. A right book at your level is a book that stretches your reading skills just a bit — not so much as to make you frustrated but enough to continue your growth as a reader.

This post’s main objective is all about that – breaking down books into 3 distinctive levels (Beginner, Veteran and Expert) for all genres imaginable. We’ve collected suggestions from passionate readers over at Reddit covering over 100 genres, so we’ll be breaking it up into smaller posts covering 10 genres each. Do take note that one’s selections and definition of different reading levels may differ from one to another, but it’s definitely a great reference. In this first post, we’ll be covering genres from Murder Mysteries, Out to Sea, World War 1, Graphic Novels / Comics, Southern Gothic, Science Fiction, Philosophy Texts, Children’s Books, Western and Horror.

We hope this compilation helps you in a lot of ways regardless of your reading levels, and do stay tuned for the continution of this “Post Series”.

MURDER MYSTERIES

01.ONE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Murder Mystery Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  5. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Books for Beginners

Murder Mysteries

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Innocence of Father Brown by G K Chesterton

Books for Veterans

Murder Mysteries

Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L Sayers
The Judas Window by Carter Dickson

Books for Experts

Murder Mysteries

The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
Crooked House by Agatha Christie

OUT TO SEA

02.TWO

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Sea Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  2. Moby-Dick or, the Whale by Herman Melville
  3. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  4. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
  5. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

Books for Beginners

Out to Sea

Horatio Hornblower Series by CS Forester
In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Endurance: Shackletons Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Books for Veterans

Out to Sea

The North Water by Ian McGuire
The Terror by Dan Simmons
The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien

Books for Experts

Out to Sea

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

WORLD WAR 1

03.THREE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “World War 1 Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  2. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
  3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  4. The First World War by John Keegan
  5. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Books for Beginners

World War 1

All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque
War Horse by Morpurgo
Penguin Book of First World War Poetry by Various

Books for Veterans

World War 1

Somme Mud by Lynch
Poilu by Barthas
The First World War: An Illustrated History by Taylor

Books for Experts

World War 1

A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway
Goodbye to All That by Graves
Johnny Got His Gun by Trumbo

GRAPHIC NOVELS / COMICS

04.FOUR

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Graphic Novels / Comics” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. Watchmen by Alan Moore
  2. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  3. Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
  4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  5. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

Books for Beginners

Graphic Novels / Comics

Maus by Art Spiegelman
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Books for Veterans

Graphic Novels / Comics

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Go Go Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto

Books for Experts

Graphic Novels / Comics

The Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner
The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
Driven by Lemons by Joshua Cotter

SOUTHERN GOTHIC

05.FIVE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Southern Gothic Literatures” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by by Harper Lee
  2. Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
  3. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  4. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  5. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Books for Beginners

Southern Gothic

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Books for Veterans

Southern Gothic

A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
Big Bad Love by Larry Brown
Trash by Dorothy Allison

Books for Experts

Southern Gothic

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

SCIENCE FICTION

06.SIX

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Science Fiction Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  3. Dune by Frank Herbert
  4. The Martian by Andy Weir
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Books for Beginners

Science Fiction

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Contact by Carl Sagan

Books for Veterans

Science Fiction

Dune by Frank Herbert
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Manifold trilogy by Stephen Baxter

Books for Experts

Science Fiction

Neuromancer by William Gibson
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy texts to help us understand literature, the world, and ourselves.

07.SEVEN

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Philosophy Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The Republic by Plato
  2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  3. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
  4. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
  5. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Books for Beginners

Philosophy

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
The Republic by Plato
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Books for Veterans

Philosophy

History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
Discourses by John Dryden

Books for Experts

Philosophy

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanual Kant
Ethics by Spinoza

CHILDREN

08.EIGHT

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Children’s Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  3. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Books for Beginners

Children

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Books for Veterans

Children

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Books for Experts

Children

The Ghost Of Opalina by Peggy Bacon
The Mad Scientist's Club by Bertrand R. Brinley
The Pig Man by Paul Zindel

Western

09.NINE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Western Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  2. True Grit by Charles Portis
  3. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  4. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  5. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

Books for Beginners

Western

Hondo by Louis Lamour
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
The Big Sky by AB Guthrie

Books for Veterans

Western

The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy
Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams
The Son by Phillip Meyer

Books for Experts

Western

Blood Meridian by McCarthy
Lonesome Dove by McMurtry
Warlock by Oakley Hall

Horror

10.TEN

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Horror Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The Shining by Stephen King
  2. It by Stephen King
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  4. Carrie by Stephen King
  5. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Books for Beginners

Horror

Hell House by Richard Matheson
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Books for Veterans

Horror

Haunted by Chuck Palahnuik
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Books for Experts

Horror

IT by Stephen King
In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
All books by H.P. Lovecraft

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