You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.―Paul Sweeney

It is very important to be a good reader, as books are full of treasures of knowledge and help you live a life of imagination that is not only thought-provoking, but can turn your dreams into reality. I love books and can devour even two books in a day. It is not only a mere saying that books are your true friends, they actually are your true friends. People think books are a passe and no one really ever picks one up. But even today, people do read them. There are bestsellers churned out almost every day, and older publications have more than 50 editions published.

Reading is a pleasurable experience that can be done at your leisure. You can read Astriex, the Gaul or even enjoy Black Beauty. You can even go ahead and do some heavy reading with War and Peace by Tolstoy. You can get lost in the magical world of Lord of the Rings and read some science fiction like 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep'. Or how about some adventure with Treasure Island or Bridge to Terabithia? If reading is your thing, then try the following; you surely won't be disappointed.

The Home and the WorldRabindranath Tagore
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams
Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John le Carre
The Tale of Genji Lady Murasaki
The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin
1984George Orwell
A Clockwork OrangeAnthony Burgess
The Hunchback of Notre DameVictor Hugo
For Whom the Bell TollsErnest Hemingway
The Rights of ManThomas Paine
One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia Marquez
The Origin of SpeciesCharles Darwin
David CopperfieldCharles Dickens
Catch - 22Joseph Heller
The Great GatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the RyeJ.D. Salinger
Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoevsky
SlaughterhouseKurt Vonnegut
Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck
The Rights of ManTom Paine
As a Man ThinkethJames Allen
A Manual for LivingEpectetus
The University of Hard KnocksRalph Parlette
The Power of Subconscious MindJoseph Murphy
The Greatest Salesman in the WorldOg Mandino
The ReaderBernhard Schlink
My Name is RedOrhan Pamuk
London FieldsMartin Amis
The Tin DrumGunter Grass
AusterlitzW. G Sebald

Besides the classics above, there are many more books that make for a good read, like Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (a scholar's sexual obsession with a prepubescent 'nymphet', whose life is further complicated by the girl's mother's passion for him), or Beloved by Toni Morrison (a tale about the brutal and haunting journey of American slavery).

For mystery lovers, The Voyier by Alain Robbe-Grillet (revolves around a murder plot of a girl who has been killed by a watch salesman) is something that will not be forgotten for a while. Adventurous souls will find delight in reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It is about a young boy and a runaway slave who set sail on the Mississippi to get away from 'civilization'.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle is about a drug addict who chases a ghostly dog on the midnight moors. If you love scandals then The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy will satisfy your tastes. You can read the story of Captain Ahab, who is seeking vengeance from the white whale in Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

One cannot miss Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, about the quinquagenarian gentleman on a hose tilting at windmills. My favorite is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe about a slave trader who is shipwrecked and gets closer to God, and finds a native to convert and makes him a real friend.

Every person should indulge in reading to be able to set his mind free. I may have missed out on many great books worth mentioning, like the Harry Potter series, and Pride and Prejudice. Books are your treasures and is rightly said by Jim Rohn, "Poor people have big TVs, rich people have big libraries." A man who continues to read will never lose anything, only gain a lot of treasure from his true friends, books.