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

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

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 a group of passionate readers at Reddit, covering over 100 genres – so we’ll be breaking these large compilations 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 third post, we’ll be covering genres from Classic American Novels, True Crimes, Southern Gothics, Indian literatures, Epic Poetries, Cities / Urban planning, Argentinian Literature, Non-Fiction Physics, Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or Multiple Generations and Horror.

First postMurder Mysteries, Out to Sea, World War 1, Graphic Novels / Comics, Southern Gothic, Science Fiction, Philosophy Texts, Children’s Books, Western and Horror.

Second postHistorical Fiction, Existential Narrative (fiction & non-fiction), Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic, Magical Realism, Existentialist Philosophy, History of Esoterica, Stream of Consciousness, Coming of Age, Dystopian and Romance.

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”.

Classic American Novels

01.ONE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Classic American Novels” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Books for Beginners

Classic American Novel

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Books for Veterans

Classic American Novel

East Of Eden by John Steinbeck
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Books for Experts

Classic American Novel

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

True Crime

02.TWO

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The Top 5 Most Picked “True Cime Novels” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  2. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  3. The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule
  4. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
  5. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

Books for Beginners

True Crime

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Fire Lover by Joseph Wambaugh
Judging the Jury by Valerie P. Hans and Neil Vidmar

Books for Veterans

True Crime

Murder on the Bayou by Ethan Brown
I Did It by OJ Simpson
A Deed of Death by Robert Giroux

Books for Experts

True Crime

Anatomy of a Motive by John Douglas
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Southern Gothic

03.THREE

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

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird 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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Books for Veterans

Southern Gothic

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorthy Allison

Books for Experts

Southern Gothic

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Indian Literature

04.FOUR

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Indian Literature” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  2. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  3. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  4. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  5. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Books for Beginners

Indian Literature

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Nectar in Sieve by Kamala Karkandaya
The Palace of Illusion by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Books for Veterans

Indian Literature

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitabh Ghosh
The Last Song of Dusk by Siddharth Shanghvi
The Guide by R K Narayan

Books for Experts

Indian Literature

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Epic Poetry

05.FIVE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Epic Poetry” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The Odyssey by Homer
  2. The Iliad by Homer
  3. Beowulf by Unknown
  4. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  5. The Aeneid by Virgil

Books for Beginners

Epic Poetry

The Battle Lost: Ryder's Birth by Richard M. Knittle Jr.
The Song of Roland by Anonymous
Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke

Books for Veterans

Epic Poetry

The Nibelungenlied by Anonymous
The Illiad & The Odyssey by Homer
The Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot

Books for Experts

Epic Poetry

Metamorphoses by Ovid
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Cities / Urban planning

06.SIX

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Cities / Urban Planning Books” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  2. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck
  3. Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
  4. The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch
  5. The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape by James Howard Kunstler

Books for Beginners

Cities / Urban planning

The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) by Jane Jacobs
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (2003) by Erik Larson
The Image of the City (1964) by Kevin Lynch

Books for Veterans

Cities / Urban planning

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1975) by Robert A. Caro
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found (2005) by Suketu Mehta
A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (2013) by Vishaan Chakrabarti

Books for Experts

Cities / Urban planning

The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects (1968) by Lewis Mumford
Seven Ages of Paris (2004) by Alistair Horne
The BLDGBLOG Book: Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation, Landscape Futures (2009) by Geoff Manaugh

Argentinian Literature

07.SEVEN

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Argentinian Literature” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
  2. El túnel by Ernesto Sabato
  3. The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
  4. Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
  5. The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

Books for Beginners

Argentinian Literature

Things We Lost In The Fire by Mariana Enríquez
Shadows by Osvaldo Soriano
The Invention of Morel by Bioy Casares

Books for Veterans

Argentinian Literature

Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto
The Witness by Juan José Saer
Complete Short Stories by Abelardo Castillo

Books for Experts

Argentinian Literature

The Aleph by Borges
Kincón by Miguel Briante
Adam Buenosayres by Leopoldo Marechal

Non-Fiction Physics

08.EIGHT

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Non-Fiction Physics” of All Time
Source: Goodreads

  1. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  2. The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene
  3. “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman
  4. Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics By Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard P. Feynman
  5. The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene

Books for Beginners

Non-Fiction Physics

Hyperspace by Michio Kaku
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

Books for Veterans

Non-Fiction Physics

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Books for Experts

Non-Fiction Physics

Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter

Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or multiple generations

09.NINE

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The Top 5 Most Picked “Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or Multiple Generations”.
Source: Goodreads

  1. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  2. The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
  3. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  5. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Books for Beginners

Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or Multiple Generations

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

Books for Veterans

Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or Multiple Generations

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Hannah's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Books for Experts

Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or Multiple Generations

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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

Any collection by Edgar Allan Poe
Carrie by Stephen King
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Books for Veterans

Horror

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Books for Experts

Horror

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
IT by Stephen King
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
In this third post, we’ll be covering genres from Classic American Novels, True Crimes, Southern Gothics, Indian literatures, Epic Poetries, Cities / Urban planning, Argentinian Literature, Non-Fiction Physics, Books Spanning a Full Lifespan or Multiple Generations and Horror.

First postMurder Mysteries, Out to Sea, World War 1, Graphic Novels / Comics, Southern Gothic, Science Fiction, Philosophy Texts, Children’s Books, Western and Horror.

Second postHistorical Fiction, Existential Narrative (fiction & non-fiction), Apocalyptic / Post-Apocalyptic, Magical Realism, Existentialist Philosophy, History of Esoterica, Stream of Consciousness, Coming of Age, Dystopian and Romance.

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”.

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