Book Exhibition XVI

25 Books that Have Shaped Readers' Lives

01/07/2021 - 31/10/2021
Library, 2nd Floor, Wui Chi Building, MPI

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one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. In 1995, the Library of Congress, the world’s largest repository of human knowledge and creativity, surveyed more than 2,000 readers and crafted a list that it grandly called “25 BOOKS THAT HAVE SHAPED READERS’ LIVES”. These books are chock full of inspiration, timeless wisdom and insights.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
"Atlas Shrugged" is a huge sprawling dystopian novel that combines economics, science fiction, philosophy, and intrigue.
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
by Benjamin Franklin
It is an inspirational masterpiece that has influenced generations of Americans and has endured for more than two hundred years. It contains insights about the struggle and success of life, as well as the moral essence of goodness and beauty. It is recognized as the American spirit that has changed the fate of countless people.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Alex Haley
The Bible
by Anonymous
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
Published in serial form in 1945–1946 and as a novel in 1951. It was originally intended for adults but is often read by adolescents for its themes of angst, alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in society.
Charlottes Web
by E. B. White
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell
by John Hersey
It tells the stories of six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It is regarded as one of the earliest examples of the New Journalism, in which the story-telling techniques of fiction are adapted to non-fiction reporting.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
This story illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma.
Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott
The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien
by Alex Haley
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Silent Spring
by Rachel Carson
The book was published on September 27, 1962, documenting the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides.
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a child’s view of race and justice in the Depression-era South.
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
by Henry David Thoreau
Nature writing published in 1854, it conveys the author Thoreau’s idea of perceiving nature and advocating simple life, which still has an enlightening effect on modern society.
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
What Color is Your Parachute?
by Richard Nelson Bolles
This book helps you find out who you are, what you like to do and where you'd like to do it.

MPI Library collects those books for you in different versions which including different translated versions. Here are the books that will help you in writing, personal relationships, environmental protection, career development, networking, spiritual growth, understanding history, imagination and love. We hope these books will inspire you, form the foundation of your values and beliefs...


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Further Reading

Why should you read Don Quixote?

Why should you read War and Peace?

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin | Summary

The Diary of Anne Frank | Summary

The Secret Garden | Summary