“I love books. I love that moment when you open one and sink into it, you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be.” Words by Elizabeth Scott.
While I don’t entirely agree with this statement, it’s true in many cases. When you read a book, especially one by a good writer, you can almost see it playing like a movie in your head.
Unlike music, there are not only different genres or sub-genres in the world of books but also types of books. To name a few, there are autobiographies, biographies, novels, short-stories, etc. A book can be classified as fiction or non-fiction before classifying it under the long list of sub-genres. Instead of boring you with the details of book classifications, I’ll just suggest you read all the different types in your life. Each is an experience you’ll definitely relish!
There are different types of readers too, let me try and classify roughly.
- The casual readers, who read on weekends or sometimes just one book in 2 months
- The non readers, who don’t like to read AT ALL and consider others “bookworms”
- The obsessive readers like me, who read 2-3 books a week and cannot stop reading!
Sometimes I feel confused and a feeling of sadness takes over me when I think about reading; there are so many amazing books out there and we’ve all just got two little eyes and a limited life span to flip through those pages. I understand that everyone does not possess the luxury to find reading time but you should try. Not only does reading brush up your vocabulary, a book has the power to change your very perception. Though one can never get over the smell of a book (try taking a whiff before you call me crazy), considering the fact that we’re living in the era of smartphones, an e-book is just a few touches away! You never know which book may change your life!
I would suggest you to not to stick to just one genre, try books of all genres, who knows which one you might like best. Here is the list of some books one should read at least once in their life.
- Malgudi Days by R.K Narayan
- The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin
- 5 People you Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Aaaand there are many, many more great books to read! Books don’t just serve the purpose of past time but also are a great source of knowledge you never thought you needed. They introduce you with so many vivid colors of life that it feels like you were just breathing till now. It’s not just an escape but also helps in recreation.
For the readers who are new to this world of absolute craziness, start with something light and something you can connect to for it will make your journey into the world of endless books easy and wonderful. The first book I read was Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (it’s a movie). It was in ninth standard and I didn’t read again till I was 16 years old. The book which changed my world was “Miles to go Miley Cyrus”. It’s an auto biography of Miley Cyrus and I am a fan. I read that book in one go and it’s been the same since that day! If only I had started reading in ninth standard, my world would have been different.
So here are some of my suggestions.
- Orange hangover by Rahul Saini
- Because every raindrop is a hope by Mansi Sharma and Sankalp Kholi
- Who moved my cheese? By Spencer Johnson
- How I braved Anu Aunty and Co founded a million dollar company by Varun Aggarwal
- Any Chetan Bhagat or Durjoy Dutta ‘s work
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- Any auto biography or biography of the person who inspire you.
Well after that you can go on to the world of Dan Brown, Sidney Sheldon, Jeffery Archery, Nicholas Sparks and many more. Happy reading!
P.S: A year of Reading the World – List of Books
This is the link to list of books from every corner of the world. Thought you might want to have a look.