We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share some of the books everyone should read in their childhood. Here’s what they said:
1. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
2. The Famous Five and Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton
"When you read these as a child, you feel equipped to take on mysteries and all you really need is a shed, a few good friends and a password. These books create lifelong readers out of children."
Submitted by Amrita Korwar.
3. Matilda by Roald Dahl
"Matilda showed us to never stop learning and to always stand up for what is right. And you choose your own family."
Submitted by Crystal Caralagh D'souza.
4. Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan
5. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
"Without Harry Potter my teenage years would be incomplete. It was definitely one of the best parts of growing up. You were transported to a surreal world of wonder and magic. The friendship between the characters and the courage shown by them was truly inspirational."
Submitted by Talia D'Souza.
6. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
9. The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon
10. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
12. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
13. The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene
14. The Bartimaeus Sequence
15. Animal Farm by George Orwell
"It's simple and should be mandatory to learn the cruel ways of life."
Submitted by Sujit Nair.
16. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
"The book is one of the most truthful records of human emotion, surrounded by tragedy with a tinge of hope."
Submitted by Sahil Rizwan.