The phrase “a reader lives a thousand lives” is true because books can take us to another world. When you are in your teens, it is very important that you read some good books that can have an impact on your life or even change your personality.
This would be a list of some of the best books for young men who are about to turn twenty. It would also include some of the best works by authors from different genres. If you don’t read these books on our list before time, then you’re going to miss out on a lot. You should read these great books.
Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
One of the best books of short stories is “Men Without Women” by Earnest Hemmingway. These short story collections make the book a great read because it fits its title. None of the stories in the collection show any notable female characters, and they are almost non-existent in most of them.
Nick Adams, a well-known character by Hemmingway, is also in Men Without Women and appears in stories like “The Killers,” “Now I Lay Me,” and “Ten Indians.” He is sure to be a hit with young readers because of his good looks. A book that young men should read because it lets them read about different stories and incidents without having to focus on events that happen because of powerful women.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Catch-22, a novel by Joseph Heller, is one of the best-known works of historical fiction. It takes place during World War II, when the bombardier Captain John Yossarian and his squadron crew are struggling on a fictional island called Pianosa. A man named Yossarian is afraid of danger, and he does his best to avoid getting sick and dying. People in the squadron always go on dangerous missions and hope to come home safe.
An anti-war theme runs through the book. It paints a true picture of war, its chaos and tensions, an unusual third-person omniscient narration with many points of view, and a non-chronological story sequence. Unique: Readers get to be a part of a war situation and learn about it from the inside out in this novel. They also get to know about the war from the inside out.
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
Game of Thrones is a popular series written by George R.R. Martin. It became so popular around the world that it was turned into a web series that is one of the best ever made. There are powerful kingdoms, a fight to be king of seven kingdoms, violent events that happen quickly. There is love and passion, death, and so much more.
It takes place mostly in Westeros and Essos, with a lot of attention paid to “King’s Landing” and the powerful houses like The House of Lannisters, The House of Baratheon, The House of Stark, and many more. If you like books, this is one of the best series you’ll ever read. It’s because all the houses fight for the same throne. Also, don’t forget to watch the characters from the books come to life in the TV show “Game of Thrones.”
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk has an unusual start. The narrator and Tyler Durden are on top of a 190-story building, and Tyler is holding a gun in the narrator’s mouth at the start of the book. Narrators then go back in time and explain why they’re in this deadening place. They show how they got there.
Life of the narrator, Tyler, and the Fight Club are the main topics of the book. Fight Club is a book that will become your favorite. It is very interesting.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
“Norwegian Wood” is a heartbreaking and captivating book by Haruki Murakami that talks about things that young men, especially those in their twenties, can relate to. Young college student Toru Watanabe is in love with Naoko, the girlfriend of his childhood best friend who took his own life. Despite what it looks like, things aren’t as easy as they seem. Naoko has mental problems, isn’t like other 19-year-old girls, and Toru’s journey to adulthood, his search for love, and so many other things make this book a truly captivating read.
In the beginning, Toru wants Naoko to forget her past and start a new life. When Naoko takes the wrong step, Toru is devastated and must figure out how to move on. “Norwegian Wood,” a book about a young girl who has a lot of passion and heartbreak in her life, is worth a read.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
A coming-of-age novel by J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye is about the character of Holden Caulfield, who looks a lot like the author. He is expelled from Prep School, and he has run away from home. He has no one to turn to when he is in a bad mood, because his parents aren’t very active and don’t pay much attention to him and his sister.
Holden is on the verge of becoming an adult, but he doesn’t want to be one because he thinks all adults are fake, and he doesn’t like fake people. All Holden wants to do is become a “catcher in the rye.” He wants to keep kids from becoming adults and becoming phonies, so he wants to catch them before they fall into the world of adults from a place of innocent. People who Holden cares about become fakes at some point in the book. Holden tries to keep them that way, but he eventually comes to the conclusion that it is impossible to keep anyone safe because everyone grows up. For men in their 20s, this is a new idea. They will be able to connect with Holden and his quest for truth.
The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
The Watch by Joydeep Roy Bhattacharya is an amazing book that is heartbreaking and haunting. It takes the reader on a journey into the heartbreaking and haunting Afghanistan of the present day. Author: An Indian author who explains to people why war doesn’t work in today’s world
Night-long battles to a lone woman in Kandahar demanding the return of her brother’s body are just a few of the events in the book that are so interesting that it will keep the readers reading until the end. If there are a lot of soldiers in the crowd, will the woman get what she wants? If she’s a spy, what is her job? The Watch will make you want to read again and again.
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Published in 1969, Slaughterhouse-Five by American author Kurt Vonnegut is one of the best Science-fiction books ever written, and it deserves to be talked about. One of the most important anti-war novels, “Billy Pilgrim’s War” tells the story of Billy Pilgrim and his experiences in WWII.
Roland Weary is a strange and arrogant bully. Billy is not very good at being a soldier, but in no time, he finds himself in a fight with Weary and a bunch of other people. Following that, the German troops take Billy into custody. The book shows the true picture of war, how war prisoners are treated, how war weapons are used to destroy each other, and many heart-warming events. This book is truly captivating and should be read by all kinds of people.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In The Great Gatsby, a character named Jay Gatsby rises with the crook, and his “American Dream” is to get Daisy back in his life. The post-war society in America is very rich and doesn’t care about the working class.
Gatsby is a mystery. He rose to fame quickly because of the lavish parties he throws that anyone can go to. But he has a good reason for it. During the book, the narrator, Nick Carraway, stays with Gatsby at every important event. Only Carraway and a few other people stay with Gatsby until he dies. Love and Death by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the best books of modern American literature, and it will stay with you for a very long time.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
It’s called A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels, and it tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian nobleman who is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. Before he was arrested, Alexander lived in an executive suite of the hotel. When he is arrested, he is moved to a much smaller and cheaper room in the same hotel.
It shows how Alexander deals with his imprisonment, how hard his punishment gets, and how he eventually learns to live with his situation. When Alexander meets Nina, the little girl, his life starts to change in a very slow way. This book has a great story line, and it lets you get inside the head of the main character and learn more about the life of a prisoner.