Handling the Wintertime!

February 1, 2019

“Wintertime can bring disappointment, so we must learn how to handle difficulty. The big question is what to do about winters. You can’t get rid of January simply by tearing it off the calendar. But here is what you can do: You can get stronger; you can get wiser; you can get better. The winters won’t change, but you can.” Jim Rohn says.

 

Winter season, with plenty of raining and snow demand a fireplace, a good book and lots of sceptical moments about the present and a plan of the future.

 

Lack of a fireplace can be substitute with a warm blanket and the will to enjoy the moment.

 

Lack of thoughts is easy to be replaced with an interesting and simply written story. The greatest of all time Storytellers as Hemingway, Tolstoy, Lee, Fitzgerald, Dostoevsky, or Márquez are the ones who still feels better to read in a traditional paperback book.

 

The old fashion style of reading offers a productive time that helps all five senses to participate in the process. There is something special as well as quite simplistic about reading a thrilling story from a paperback book that offers no distractions. You are able to focus solely on the story being laid out before you within the pages of the paperback.

 

The new lifestyle of reading, with the help of technology and Electronic devices such as e-books or audio books, works also well to expand our imagination and push it on growing fast and healthy.

 

The mood is an important tool at the moment we need to feed our brain with new stories or to train it with new information. However, let’s start with the basic knowledge that the best book of all time on the Earth is The Bible – New Testament, followed by the simplest ever written book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

 

The greatest works of literature ever written according to the selling, critics, historians, avid or even casual readers are novels with captivating figurative language, gritty realism, the stories that have had an immense social impact and the one that has more subtly affected the world.

 

1. Anna Karenina, written by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, since its publication in 1878 is still ranked as the “greatest novels” by publications like Time magazine.

 

2. F. Scott Fitzgerald has written the greatest texts reading literature. The Great Gatsby provides an insider’s look into the Jazz Age of the 1920s in United States history while at the same time critiquing the idea of the “American Dream.”

 

3. The famous novel of One Hundred Years of Solitude explores the genre of magic realism by emphasizing the extraordinary nature of commonplace things while mystical things are shown to be common.

 

Gabriel García Márquez in fantastical form of literature highlights the prevalence and power of myth and folktale in relating history and Latin American culture.

 

The Colombian author, after being honoured with the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1985 wrote another best-selling novel that touched the lovers’ heart. Love in the Time of Cholera is at the peak of the greatest novels ever written list.

 

4. To Kill a Mockingbird published in 1960 became an immediate classic of literature. Its iconic characters changed perspectives in the United States at a time when tensions regarding race were high.

 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee's in 1962 turned into The Academy Award-winning film that influenced the American social sphere.

 

Harper Lee believed to be one of the most influential authors to have ever existed, famously published only a single novel.

 

5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville published in 1851 is another great novel in American literature.

 

6. The Tragedy of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, written between 1599 and 1600, vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage. also explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

 

7. The Brothers Karamazov is the last and greatest novel of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Bound up with intense family drama this crime story explores many deeply felt ideas about the existence of God, the question of human freedom, the collective nature of guilt, the disastrous consequences of rationalism.

 

The novel is also richly comic: the legal system, the Dostoyevsky's most cherished causes and beliefs are presented with a note of irreverence, so that sanity and madness, love and hatred, right and wrong are no longer mutually exclusive.

 

8. The Odyssey by Homer is the 8th greatest fiction book of all time. The poem is a sequel to the Iliad, the other major ancient Greek epic poem attributed to Homer.

 

The modern Western literary canon was probably composed near the end of the eighth century BC, somewhere in Ionia, the Greek-speaking coastal region of what is now Turkey. The poem mainly centres on the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses, as he was known in Roman myths) and his long journey home following the fall of Troy.

 

9. The Catcher in the Rye written in 1945 by J. D. Salinger is a must-read book for all humanity. Holden Caulfield, the novel's antihero, has become an icon for teenage rebellion reaching the yearly selling records of 250,000 copies, with total sales of more than sixty-five million.

 

10. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and its story of the abandoned waif who learns to survive through challenging encounters with distress and misfortune is still in the top ranks of the Greatest Books Ever.

 

11. Zorba the Greek written by the Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis in 1946 is one of the best ever inspiration, written tale. A young Greek intellectual ventures to escape his bookish life with the aid of the jolly and mysterious Alexis Zorba. The new zest for life, based on the experiences with Zorba, the reversal and the tragedy marks the narrator's stay on Crete. His one-night stand with a beautiful passionate widow is followed by her public decapitation.

 

12. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway in 1925 explores the lives and values of the so-called "Lost Generation," the themes of love and death, the revivifying power of nature, and the concept of masculinity.

 

Based on real people, actions and events Hemingway presents with his "Iceberg Theory" of writing, his notion that the "Lost Generation"—considered to have been decadent, dissolute, and irretrievably damaged by World War I—was, in fact, resilient and strong.

 

And the Greater Books Ever Written list goes on with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1984, by George Orwell, Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, Adultery by Paulo Coelho, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, etc.

 

The greatest books ever written by the greatest literary minds of their time are the very inspiration from which entire modern genres of literary fiction have sprung up from. The universal themes, characters, experiences, emotions and perspectives are a very good reason to get into reading and enjoy it.

 

Everyone should read at least one of these greatest ever written books — some of well-known classics, or others modern giants. All are well worth reading at least once in your life!

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