Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Literary Movements & Periods. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Book club pick for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf • “A deeply spiritual book that honors what is tough, smart and untamed in women.”— The Washington Post Book World Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. For though the gifts of wildish nature belong to us at birth, society’s attempt to “civilize” us into rigid roles has muffled the deep, life-giving messages of our own souls. In Women Who Run with the Wolves , Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, many from her own traditions, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman, and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. Dr. Estés has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul.

  • Author: Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (November 27, 1996)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0345409874
  • Dimensions: 4.14 x 1 x 6.83 inches


2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, PEARL, and SIR ORFEO are masterpieces of a remote and exotic age--the age of chivalry and wizards, knights and holy quests. Yet it is only in the unique artistry and imagination of J.R.R. Tolken that the language, romance, and power of these great stories comes to life for modern readers, in this masterful and compelling new translation.

  • Author: Terry Jones
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Movements & Periods, Medieval


3. Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

It’s the revolutionary world history study guide just for middle school students from the brains behind Brain Quest .      Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—from Africa and beyond; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialism, revolutions, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOK™ series is built on a simple and irresistible conceit—borrowing the notes from the smartest kid in class. There are five books in all, and each is the only one book you need for each main subject taught in middle school: Math, Science, American History, English, and World History. Inside the reader will find every subject’s key concepts, easily digested and summarized: Critical ideas highlighted in marker colors. Definitions explained. Doodles that illuminate tricky concepts. Mnemonics for a memorable shortcut. And quizzes to recap it all. The BIG FAT NOTEBOOKS meet Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state history standards, and are vetted by National and State Teacher of the Year Award–winning teachers. They make learning fun, and are the perfect next step for every kid who grew up on Brain Quest .

  • Author: Workman Publishing
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (August 9, 2016)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Education & Reference
  • ISBN: 978-0761160946
  • Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 7.9 inches


4. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

The world-renowned classic that has enthralled and delighted millions of readers with its timeless tales of gods and heroes. Edith Hamilton's mythology succeeds like no other book in bringing to life for the modern reader the Greek, Roman and Norse myths that are the keystone of Western culture-the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present. We follow the drama of the Trojan War and the wanderings of Odysseus. We hear the tales of Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and mighty King Midas. We discover the origins of the names of the constellations. And we recognize reference points for countless works for art, literature and culture inquiry--from Freud's Oedipus complex to Wagner's Ring Cycle of operas to Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra. Both a reference text for scholars of all ages and a book to simply enjoy, Mythology is a classic not to be missed.

  • Author: Edith Hamilton
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-0446574754
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches


5. The Count of Monte Cristo

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge. Of all the "masked avengers" and "caped crusaders" in literature, The Count of Monte Cristo is at once the most daring and the most vulnerable. Alexandre Dumas (père), master storyteller, takes us on a journey of adventure, romance, intrigue, and ultimately, redemption.

  • Author: Alexandre Dumas
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism, Movements & Periods, Modern, 19th Century


6. The Sun and Her Flowers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms. this is the recipe of life said my mother as she held me in her arms as i wept think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year they will teach you that people too must wilt fall root rise in order to bloom

  • Author: Rupi Kaur
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


7. A Dangerous Fortune: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

A breathtaking thriller featuring "political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises" ( San Francisco Chronicle ), from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Column of Fire In 1866, tragedy strikes the exclusive Windfield School when a young student drowns in a mysterious accident. His death and its aftermath initiate a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.   From the exclusive men’s clubs and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper class to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, one family is splintered by a shared legacy. But greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or the dreams of a nation will die.   Praise for A Dangerous Fortune  “A terrific page-turner.” — Los Angeles Times   “Political and amorous intrigues, cold-blooded murder, and financial crises . . . old-fashioned entertainment.” — San Francisco Chronicle   “Breathlessly plotted . . . relentlessly suspenseful.” — The New York Times   “Gripping, complex plot . . . sexual intrigue . . . fascinating characters . . . You won’t be able to put down this exciting page-turner.” — Lexington Herald-Leader “Follett builds to a dramatic climax with the same masterful control that guided  Eye of the Needle  and  The Pillars of the Earth .”— Playboy “I don’t usually enjoy historical thrillers but admit to being totally captivated by Ken Follett’s  A Dangerous Fortune .”— Chicago Tribune “Highly entertaining . . . Follett’s characters are drawn with broad, realistic strokes . . . this story of greed and retribution should win Follett new fans.”— Publishers Weekly  “Rich, complex, thrilling, suspenseful, well plotted . . .  A Dangerous Fortune  is dangerous reading. You won’t be able to put it down.”— Authors and Critics

  • Author: Ken Follett
  • Publisher: Dell; Reprint edition (July 9, 2010)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism


8. Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

The #1 New York Times –bestselling author’s “hilarious . . . idiosyncratic . . . delightful” and definitive companion to a global phenomenon ( Publishers Weekly ).   Douglas Adams’s “six-part trilogy,” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy grew from a blip of a notion into an ever-expanding multimedia universe that amassed an unprecedented cult of followers and became an international sensation. As a young journalist, Neil Gaiman was given complete access to Adams’s life, times, gossip, unpublished outtakes, and files (and became privy to his writing process, insecurities, disillusionments, challenges, and triumphs). The resulting volume illuminates the unique, funny, dramatic, and improbable chronicle of an idea, an incredibly tall man, and a mind-boggling success story.   In Don’t Panic , Gaiman celebrates everything Hitchhiker : the original radio play, the books, comics, video and computer games, films, television series, record albums, stage musicals, one-man shows, the Great One himself, and towels. And as Douglas Adams himself attested: “It’s all absolutely devastatingly true—except the bits that are lies.”   Updated several times in the thirty years since its original publication, Don’t Panic is available for the first time in digital form. Part biography, part tell-all parody, part pop-culture history, part guide to a guide, Don’t Panic “deserves as much cult success as the Hitchhiker’s books themselves” ( Time Out ).

  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy; Revised, Updated, New edition (October 30, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


9. The Brothers Karamazov

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

Winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons―the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture. This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky remains true to the verbal inventiveness of Dostoevsky’s prose, preserving the multiple voices, the humor, and the surprising modernity of the original. It is an achievement worthy of Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel.

  • Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 12th edition (June 14, 2002)
  • Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0374528379
  • Dimensions: 5.73 x 1.43 x 8.29 inches


10. The Fixer Upper: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Literary Movements & Periods - August 2021

“Entirely satisfying, an expert balance of warmth and compassion, terrific supporting characters, a little steamy sex, and just enough suspense to keep you from guessing how it will all go down.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution A sassy, sexy, sometimes poignant look at small town Southern life, as only New York Times bestseller Mary Kay Andrews can tell it. The Fixer Upper is a must-read for fans of Fannie Flagg, Sophie Kinsella, the Ya-Yas, and the Sweet Potato Queens, and for every reader obsessed with decorating and home repair. It is a truly delectable story of a woman whose professional fall from grace lands her back in a hometown she never knew, amongst a gothic Southern family she’s never met, and saddled with a task she could never have imagined.

  • Author: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 6, 2009)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism