“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read books.”
Studies say that reading one book every week helps a person in many ways. Adding more books to your bucket list has many benefits. Books are considered as uniquely portable magic. The best part about books is that they take us to an entirely new world. The world in which we could meet new people, travel with them and live in that world as long as we want. At the same time, some books take us back to our past or help us to find out new truths about our life. They offer us a world of fantasy or a world of reality.
Ernest Hemingway once told that there is no friend as loyal as books. So, make some new friends, and travel to another world with them. Here are 8 novels which should be there on your bucket list. They are engaging, thrilling and interesting.
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a page turner with complex characters and situations. It will make you think hard about friendship, good and evil, betrayal, and redemption. It is intense. A great book by many measures.
On one level, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is the story of two boys in Afghanistan and Afghan immigrants in America.
As a gripping and emotional story of betrayal and redemption, The Kite Runner will make you thrilled and moved, both at the same time.
Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll
One woman’s carefully orchestrated, perfect life slowly cracks to reveal a dark underbelly in Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive.
Ani FaNelli has left her Main Line suburban Philadelphia roots behind to reinvent herself as a writer for a successful New York magazine. But her past threatens to come back to haunt her, in the form of a documentary about a school shooting that happened at her prestigious private high school years ago.
Knoll carefully unravels Ani’s past, her fractured relationship with her mother, and her suffering at the hands of her fellow high school students. The well-constructed novel won’t let you put it down at any point of reading.
Asura – Anand Neelakandan
Asura – Tale of the Vanquished is told from the viewpoint of Ravana, and Bhadra, a common Asura in Ravana’s service, the book follows an alternating narrative style. Sometimes it reads a lot like a personal journal.
Anand Neelakandan is narrating the story from the point of view of two people and the contrast between the two narrations is remarkable. The author does not seek to defame the Ramayana, or glorify Ravana, he just makes an attempt to bring out the loser’s tale.
Anand is successful in provoking thoughts in favor of Ravana. This is his biggest achievement to make readers believe in the content of the book, and it makes the book more interesting.
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.
The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
It’s a thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and layered with brilliantly written characters; it’s the kind of book that’s nearly impossible to put down. The surprises and twists keep the reader guessing up until the final page.
Harry Potter Series – J K Rowling
By now there’s not much that can be said about the Harry Potter phenomenon that hasn’t been said already. Worshipped by kids, enjoyed by adults, this modern myth has become an accepted classic worldwide. Pull any copy of the series off a shelf anywhere in the world and you’re holding magic.
There are seven books in the famous Harry Potter series. All these books take the readers to the magical world of Harry Potter and his friends.
Though the initial books narrated the story in a lighter manner, the following books became more serious in the theme and narration.
The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life – having nothing but his own wits to help him along.
Introducing a major literary talent, The White Tiger offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality. It is told by the most volatile, captivating, and utterly inimitable narrator that this millennium has yet seen.
The novel which won Booker Prize will take the reader to another enjoyment level.
The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto Che Guevara
In January 1952, a 23-year-old Che Guevara set out, with his friend Alberto Granado to explore South America on La Poderosa (The Powerful One) – a 500cc Norton. When this man starts to tell a story, you can be assured of one amazing roller coaster ride.
Ernesto Guevara, also affectionately called as ‘Che’ by his followers, was all of 23 years when he set on this remarkable journey across South America. Who knew a few decades later he would go on to become one of the most famous revolutionaries of Cuba who brought the capitalist U.S to its knees.
Che Guevara was conscious of the impact this journey was having on him. And, once you have finished reading this book, you too will hear Che’s voice encouraging you to travel with an open mind and an understanding heart.
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside.
Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. For the first time, she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special. And how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
This is a sad, complex, haunting novel which raises huge questions about family, memory, exploitation and ‘othering’. At its heart, however, is the simple story of a girl growing up to become a woman, and her relationship with her best friend and eventual lover.
So, not down these books, and add them to your bucket list. They will take you to another level of enjoyment and will leave you amazed. These books will make you moved, thrilled and engaged till the end. Happy reading!
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