14 Best Fiction Books Every Man Should Read [2020]

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You can buy any book for reading. But, as a male, you want to choose books for men. Here are the best fiction books every man should read in a lifetime. This list of novels are thoughtfully selected out of the many lists of already selected best books. They are the best books for men to read.

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The best novels for men are available both in print and eBook edition at Amazon. So, when you’re restricted at home during the lockdowns and curfews due to deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the novels will be your great companions.

Scan the following list of fantasy books and click on any favourite title link to view more details at Amazon. You’ll see already flooded with hundreds of positive reviews in the page.

Read one and enjoy yourself throughout your days.

Best Fiction Books Every Man Should Read

Fiction books for men

1. The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s the Roaring Twenties and New York City is the place to be. Everything can be purchased, everyone can be bought. But, can you make money erase your past? As more and more people lose themselves to the lure of money, ironically the only person who remains unaffected is Jay Gatsby, the enigmatic host of the most extravagant parties.

Review: “A well crafted story revolving around Jay Gatsby. His journey is narrated, where he changes his identity and finds fortune. The book describes well the phases of life and struggle in pursuing dreams. I loved the cover. The language is lucid. A best novel is all I can say.”

The Call of the Wild

2. The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

One of London’s most popular novels, The Call of the Wild is the story of a dog named, Buck who is abducted from a comfortable life as a pet and tossed into the maelstrom of the Yukon Gold Rush. While facing the brutal realities of frontier life, Buck changes hands a number of times before landing into the kindly hands of John Thornton. Buck finds solace in his respite but it is short lived when he cannot resist the call of the wild…

Review: “The book speaks about what a dog goes through as it ages and how life takes a new turns. A spellbound book that has deeper meaning to reflect upon.”

Brave New World

3. Brave New World

by Aldous Huxley

It is a novel with a science fiction theme written by bestselling author, Aldous Huxley, and was first published in 1932. It is set in the far future, in 2540 AD and features a utopian view of the society at that time, with a lot of material dedicated to sleep learning, reproductive technology, and classical conditioning. The title is derived from a line in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Review: “Huxley does more than describe a bleak and cynical post-apocalyptic or dystopian world, he looks a dystopian resident in the eye and puts before him a mirror to flesh out what is real and unreal. Further, Huxley has turned that same mirror on the reader and we see in his far future fantasy a reality that could be today.”

The Odyssey

4. The Odyssey

by Homer

Ten years after the Trojan War and the Fall of Troy, Odysseus, one of the war heroes, has still not returned to his kingdom, Ithaca. Assumed to be dead, his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors who have overrun Odysseus’ palace and ransacked his land, competing for Penelope’s hand in marriage. But Odysseus is still alive; imprisoned on the island of Ogygia by Calypso, who is possessed by love for him and desires to make him her immortal husband.

Review: “This book is must read for people who are looking a mix of adventure , tragedy, drama, deceit, faith, endurance..I am running out of words. Do read it if you like classical English literature. I am mesmerized.”

Fahrenheit 451 (Flamingo Modern Classics)

5. Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Review: “This story still remains powerful today when reading books means to gain practical knowledge and be practical not imaginative and critical. Nothing more than imagination is indispensable in thinking about a better world.”

The Stranger ALBERT CAMUS (Vintage International)

6. The Stranger

by Albert Camus

The classic literary masterpiece The Stranger (Vintage International) is a story about an Algerian, Meursault, the titular character who commits a murder after attending his mother’s funeral. His understanding of the world, his emotional spectrum, and the general absurdities of the time all combine to form a compelling read.

Review: “Astonishingly simple and yet complex story of a man so detached from Humanity that he is all too unfamiliar and seen as a monster when all he is an indifferent being like a leaf on a tree.”


7. Catch-22

by Joseph Heller

‘Catch-22’ is a revolutionary book by Joseph Heller which was first published in 1961. This book is a one of its kind. Heller uses a non-chronological third person omniscient narration to bind the threads together. Ideas flow into each other through random connections within the story. Events have been repeated through different point of views. The story is situated in the time of World War 2. This story is about the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier in 256th squadron who has been assigned to bomb enemy posts at eastern France and Italy.

Review: “The first time I read something that’s actually what they deem to be in the blurb. And also, the first book that I dare to read again and again ! So go on, have some fun time with it.”

The Dharma Bums (Penguin Modern Classics)

8. The Dharma Bums

by Jack Kerouac

A witty, moving philosophical novel, Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums is a journey of self-discovery through the lens of Zen Buddhist thought. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by Ann Douglas.

Review: “Splendid and worth reading it! Kerouac’s scripture has the power to take us to his own world! Enjoyed you thoroughly bum.”


9. 1984

by George Orwell

The basic plot of this historic novel revolves around the concept that no person has freedom to live life on his or her own terms. The present day is 1984.

The whole world is gradually changing. The nations which enjoy freedom, have distorted into unpleasant and degraded places, in turn creating a powerful cartel known as Oceania. This is the world where the Big Brother controls everything. There is another character Winston Smith, who is leading a normal layman life under these harsh circumstances, though hating all of this. He works on writing the old newspaper articles in order to make history or past relevant to today’s party line.

Review: “A dystopian future in which a totalitarian regime keeps its citizens under total surveillance. Thought crime, doublespeak, telescreens, depressingly relevant in an age of fake news, identity politics and social media. A brilliantly depressing read from start to finish. Loved it.”

The Kite Runner

10. The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

Review: “Beautifully written ….a great heart wrenching story with some filmy twists and surprises … will read his other books tooo”

As a Man Thinketh

11. As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

Allen’s widely acclaimed book, *As a Man Thinketh” adds on to his series of self-help books. It primarily deals with the power of thought and its subsequent effect on human life.

Beautifully written with an echoing tone of high spirituality, the book tries to establish “mind as the master” which has the power to remake one’s life. Saturated with teachings of the highest order, the book is “a pocket companion for thoughtful people”.

Review: “Focused on just one eternal law: you become what you think, this book talks about how you can control your life, your success, your wealth, your happiness just by adjusting your thoughts.”

The Prince

12. The Prince

by Niccolò Machiavelli

Offering an explicit insight into the minds of a ruler, here is a practical handbook and a political treatise exploring the attainment, maintenance and utilization of political power in the Western world. It warns that if a state is not governed properly it shall collapse on the ruler.

Review: “This is a great translation of the work which is true to its original, coherent and concise. Machiavelli’s Prince is frequently misquoted and misrepresented by modern day experts and the common person. The term ‘Machiavellian’ often crops up in news articles as synonymous to ‘devious’ and ‘scheming’, but there is greater analytical value to be found in the term from tracing it to its roots in this work…………”

The Old Man and the Sea

13. The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to the author. In fact The Old Man and the Sea revived Ernest Hemingway’s career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar stinkers as Across the River and into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the Nobel Prize in 1954 (an award Hemingway gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that “no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards”). A half century later, it’s still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head (or hand-to-fin) with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway’s favorite motifs of physical and moral challenge.

Reviews: “I have been looking for classic stories and Ernest Hemingway is an all time classic writer known for his short stories and novels….”

Slaughterhouse 5 (reissue): The Children's Crusade A Duty-Dance With Death (Vintage Classics)

14. Slaughterhouse 5

by Kurt Vonnegut

‘The great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.’ George Saunders prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – These are the life roles of Billy pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse.

Review: “One of the most inspiring anti-war books, written in Vonnegut’s inimitable style.”

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