Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

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

1. No Longer Human

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. Portraying himself as a failure, the protagonist of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human narrates a seemingly normal life even while he feels himself incapable of understanding human beings. Oba Yozo's attempts to reconcile himself to the world around him begin in early childhood, continue through high school, where he becomes a "clown" to mask his alienation, and eventually lead to a failed suicide attempt as an adult. Without sentimentality, he records the casual cruelties of life and its fleeting moments of human connection and tenderness.

  • Author: Osamu Dazai
  • Publisher: New Directions; 8th edition (January 17, 1973)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature
  • ISBN: 978-0811204811
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches


2. Things Fall Apart

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

“A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.”  — Barack Obama  Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.

  • Author: Chinua Achebe
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 1994)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0385474542
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.99 inches


3. Hades (An Archer and Bennett Thriller Book 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

In this award-winning crime series debut, a Sydney detective must catch a brilliant serial killer while keeping an eye on his mysterious new partner.   Sydney homicide detective Frank Bennett has a new partner—dark, beautiful, coldly efficient Eden Archer. Frank doesn’t know what to make of her, or her brother Eric, who’s also on the police force. Their methods are . . . unusual. But when a graveyard full of large steel toolboxes filled with body parts is found at the bottom of Sydney harbor, unusual is the least of their worries.   For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and the murderer who raised them. For Frank, each clue brings him closer to something he’s not sure he wants to face. But true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer—and no one is truly innocent . . .   “Compelling . . . A chilling read.” — Sydney Morning Herald   Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Novel

  • Author: Candice Fox
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; Reissue edition (January 31, 2017)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Thrillers & Suspense


4. Reluctantly Home

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

From the bestselling author of Where the Story Starts comes a tale about dealing with the past—and finally facing the future. Pip Appleby seems to have it all, with her prestigious job as a human rights lawyer and her enviable London home. But then a tragic accident stops her life in its tracks, and in an instant everything changes. Retreating to her family’s rural farm and the humble origins she has been trying to hide, Pip is haunted by what she has done. When she discovers the diary of actress Evelyn Mountcastle in a box of old books, Pip revels in the opportunity to lose herself in someone else’s life rather than focus on the disaster that is her own. But soon she sees parallels—Evelyn’s life was also beset by tragedy, and, like Pip, she returned to Southwold under a dark cloud. When Pip and Evelyn’s paths cross in real life they slowly begin to reveal the hidden stories that are holding them back. Can they help each other forgive what happened in the past and, perhaps, find happiness in the future?

  • Author: Imogen Clark
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


5. The Hating Game: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture! USA Today Bestseller Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love. Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.                        2) A person’s undoing                        3) Joshua Templeman Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude. Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

  • Author: Sally Thorne
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 9, 2016)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
  • ISBN: 978-0062439598
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.86 x 8 inches


6. The Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Problem Series Book 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series! “ War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision. The Three-Body Problem Series The Three-Body Problem The Dark Forest Death's End Other Books Ball Lightning Supernova Era To Hold Up The Sky (forthcoming) At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

  • Author: Cixin Liu
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 11, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature


7. The Stranger

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, Camus's masterpiece gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach.   Behind the intrigue, Camus explores what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd" and describes the condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life.  First published in 1946; now in translation by Matthew Ward.

  • Author: Albert Camus
  • Publisher: Vintage (March 13, 1989)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature
  • ISBN: 978-0679720201
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.39 x 7.98 inches


8. Charles Dickens: A Life

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

Award-winning Claire Tomalin, author of A Life of My Own , sets the standard for sophisticated and popular biography, having written lives of Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, among others. Here she tackles the best recognized and loved man of nineteenth-century England, Charles Dickens; a literary leviathan whose own difficult path to greatness inspired the creation of classic novels such as Great Expectations , David Copperfield , Oliver Twist , and Hard Times . From his sensational public appearances to the obsessive love affair that led him to betray, deceive, and break with those closest to him, Charles Dickens: A Life is a triumph of the biographer’s craft, a comedy that turns to tragedy in a story worthy of Dickens’ own pen.

  • Author: Claire Tomalin
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


9. Chasing Us: A Second Chance Love Triangle (Dark Love Series Book 2)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

I was never supposed to fall in love with a married man. My best friend’s brother. I’d made too many mistakes in my past. Like last night—when I married Lex Edwards impulsively. In a bid to finally find their happily ever after, Lex and Charlie find themselves on a journey of learning how to love again. They began a new future to move forward from a broken past, finally together at last. They vowed nothing would tear them apart… again. But life’s cruel fate destroys their lives, and in desperate times they tear their love apart grieving over a lost loved one. Lex and Charlie find themselves on the verge of finally saying goodbye to each other, until the return of a scorned ex-fiancé who’s desperate to claim back what was his.

  • Author: Kat T.Masen
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


10. In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II

Top 10 Best Books to Read in World Literature - August 2021

“Instantly absorbing, suspenseful, romantic, and stylish—like binge-watching a great British drama on Masterpiece Theater .” —Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author Winner of the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, the Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel, and the Left Coast Crime Award for Best Historical Mystery. World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls? Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.

  • Author: Rhys Bowen
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2017)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction