10 Best Books for Reading You Must Read
By: Shahzad Bashir
Nothing in the world can compare the fascination with words the way an author can. They mesmerize you with words, storyline, characters and the overall setting of the story that makes a book an exciting read. All the book nerds will agree that reading a book is like opening a window to another realm - a realm woven with fantasy and the greatest of imagination. Now imagine books being written in hundreds of languages but you can read only those that you can understand and comprehend.
There are several books translated into different languages and become popular overnight. Such is the power of language! And like Stephen King would say, “books are a uniquely portable magic” and that magic can be translated and sold in a million copies!
Thinking of a reading list is easier now. If you have time on your hand, then you can select any of the following books to read this year.
1. News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García Márquez
Even authors have to take the help of translation services to translate a book. The original book is written in Spanish.
The story revolved around Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a journalist who investigates and narrates a series of kidnappings by the drug cartels. The story clearly describes the personalities of the kidnappers, victims and their families in a fascinating way.
2. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Originally written in Turkish, the story involves a multiple point of view narration depicting the vivid picture of the Ottoman Empire under the predicament of sultan Murad III.
The story begins with the Sultan’s commissioned artists about to be brutally murdered and so the story starts to unveil character by character. It’s a murder mystery you will not forget anytime soon.
3. Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling
Can anything beat the magical world of Harry Potter? I am willing to bet the Harry Potter fans will never forget the ride to Hogwarts they took in all the epically written 7 parts. J.K.Rowling outshined every Harry Potter book than the previous one.
The story revolves around the boy, Harry Potter, living unknowingly in the muggle world, dressed by his aunt, uncle and fat cousin. Hagrid turns around the boy’s life by letting him know he is a wizard! And so the magic of wonders begins.
4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien
Another fantasy adventure begins in Middle Earth, a wonderful and expansive world filled with turmoil, heroes, and all the evil creatures. Frodo, the protagonist, the quest is almost too impossible to succeed but there are always the strongest supporting characters that help Frodo make it through all the hurdles.
A trilogy tale will not disappoint you.
5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
What does an unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and a servant look like? You can find all about it in The Kite Runner.
The story takes place in Afghanistan at the time of the tragedy and destruction. The novel strings some emotional and astounding comebacks that a modern-day writer cannot even begin to depict.
If you want a read leaving a strong impression on you, this book is meant to be read.
6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The love of fantasy never dies, not now when you can enter the world of Narni with all the creatures speaking your tongue!
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a classic fantasy book for all ages. The story revolves around the siblings who take refuge in a countryside home at their aunt’s and find the hidden world of Narnia home to mythical beasts. The fate of the world dangles in their hands.
7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Oh, the classic romance in English literature is just what you need to recall what tragic love is all about. The harrowing story is set on the lonely English moorland, where Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff’s struggle for a love story begins.
Heathcliff is shown as a mysterious gypsy-like character and the story further unfolds when he is adopted by the family where he meets the young woman.
The love, betrayal and revenge seem to be the triangle plot for the story. It's a must-read for those who love to go back in time.
8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The historical fiction novel describes the hard lives black Americans had to lead because of their skin color. In Mississippi, during the early 1960s, the book is narrated from three different women’s point of view.
Aibileen is the black maid, Minny Jackson is her friend who is not afraid to speak her mind to her owners and then there’s Skeeter a.k.a Eugenia Phelan, the daughter of the wealthy white family. The story let the reader become aware of the struggle of blacks and those minor white people who were not biased with them.
9. Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
A well crafty and nagging story about the protagonist, Rebecca Bloomwood, is an enticing read. The character is explained as the idealistic, intelligent, hardworking financial journalist who is ruled by her shopping impulses more than ever.
Each book in the series revolves around the large shift in Becky’s professional and personal life. The quirky personality teamed with unrealistic goals is a fun and light read.
10. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Are you ready to read a grueling Italian story? Invisible Cities plot reveals the mental game, a notion of conversation between the Kublai Khan and Marco Polo.
The author has cleverly introduced rising mindsets into a dreamy, metaphysical landscape. As you keep turning the page, it will become apparent the book needs to be savored with an open mind.
Reading a book gives you thousands of lives before you can die. Any book you read allows you to live through the author’s point of view. So which one of the above-mentioned books is your favorite one and why? Do share your comments about your favorite books you feel need to be included in the list.
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