What are the prerequisites of being a booknerd? Well, if you consider yourself a big booknerd or want to be a booknerd, then you must own these 10 books. Yes, here I am listing out 10 must have books that every/wannabe booknerd should possess. If, you do not own these gorgeous babies, then I declare you a no booknerd! And, if you want to quaify as a true booknerd then, buy & read the following list of books ASAP. For your convenience, I am leaving the links from where you can buy these must have books. Thank me later 🙂 Let me begin the list now:

Either one or all of Shakespeare’s play


This is the top requirement. You must have read and possess at least one of the plays by William Shakespeare. I mean there aint no booknerd born ever who do not possesses at least either one or all of Shakespearean plays. For starters, read/buy either Othello or Hamlet.

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

Every literary/nerdy conversation is gonna start with discussing this classic novel by Harper Lee. If, you never read this book, it’s a shame!

One Jane Austen novel


You must possess one of the books by this precious female author. Be it Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion, a book by her is extremely significant to know the struggles of female writing in the Victorian Era. Also, you will learn a great deal about the conventions of Victorian age.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is almost like the first feminist novel. You have to have this in your book stack. This book deals with female sexuality; how it is controlled by the patriarchal society. Remember the “mad woman in the attic” discussion? Guess what, this novel started it. This book also has a prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea written by Jean Rhys. So, if you are going to read Jane Eyre, you must read Rhys novel as well.

One African novel

Third world literature gives you an insight on the life before and after colonization. The best book I could recommend is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

One Russian novel

You must read Crime & Punishment by Dostoevsky to understand the intricacy of  inner conflicts & significance of confession. Also, Fathers & Sons by Turgenev will inform you about nihilism & Bolshevik revolution.

One Virginia Woolf novel

Come on, you got to read Mrs Dalloway, which is a story about one day in the life of a woman, to understand the psychological aspect in literature. You will learn a great deal about ‘stream of consciousness’; the difference between mind-time and the clock time.

One from the Queer canon

The LGBTQ struggle is even more painful & darker than the struggle of gender equality by females. You can either read Sexing the cherry by Jeanette Winterson or Funny Boy Shyam Selvadurai.

One Agatha Christie novel

Agatha Christie is the Queen Bee of Crime novels. You just need to read atleast one from her detective Poirot series.

One from the Contemporary canon


You must own the contemporary (sci-fi, fantasy, romance, horror, thriller) novels to read with the time and compare it with the earlier novels. Also, read one novel from your own culture.