Reading is a pastime to some, and a passion to others. Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before dies, a man who does not read lives only one.”- George RR Martin.
Here I’ve compiled a short list of must-read books, some popular, some that haven’t achieved the lofty success they would’ve hoped for, but all nonetheless, amazing.
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Set against the ever-changing political backdrop of Afghanistan, the book tells the story of the son of a rich merchant, Amir, and the son of his father’s servant, Hassan.
It is a heartbreaking story of friendship and betrayal, of love and redemption that emotionally grips the reader till the very end.
The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Namesake is Jhumpa Lahiri’s debut novel after having previously won the Pulitzer Prize at the age of 32.
It views the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans.
Lahiri reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents but also the means by which we slowly come to define ourselves out of their shadow.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Told through the point of view of the 6-year-old Scout Finch, the story recounts a crisis that rocks her Alabama hometown when the African American Thom Robinson is accused of raping a young white woman.
Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is the lawyer appointed to represent Robinson. Alternately humorous and brutally honest, the novel looks critically at social issues of class, race, sexual politics, and the (sometimes) ironic injustice of the American legal system.
Wonder (R.J Palacio)
The main plotline of Wonder revolves around one thing: being different. August ‘Auggie’ Pullman is born with a facial deformity which hinders his ability to live life the way he would like to.
Wonder forces you to put yourself in Auggie’s shoes and think for one second, “What would it be like to be August?”
At its core, it’s a novel that inspires you to find and truly be yourself against all odds.
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
When people say this is the best book ever written, they’re not kidding.
Every scene is unforgettable- from the grandest party ever recorded to the tensest fight ever written; from the most perfect dark twisted love affair of all time to the saddest funeral imaginable.
Accomplishing all this in a few pages is really a remarkable feat by Fitzgerald.