Reading is one such activity that takes you on a different world and sometimes escape reality, if you wish to. The books we read help us to form new ideas and thoughts. Be it the fantasy world of Harry Potter or the love story of Eric Siegel, books take you to a different world altogether. Some books even give us certain quotes, which eventually ends up being tattooed on your body.
If you are a beginner, you might not know which book to start from. Choosing the first few books can be a little confusing. It shouldn’t be that difficult to let the budding bookworm in you get discouraged, neither should it be so easy that a small child can memorize it. Here is a guide for all those just beginning it.
1 Malgudi Days by R.K.Narayan
This book carries a typical Indian childhood in it, and is perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in some kind of nostalgia. A collection of 32 short stories, all located in Malgudi, a town in South India. The stories deal with social issues which the present generation feels closest to, and also issues which created problems for the older generation. From chapters like “An Astrologer’s Day” to “The Blind Dog”, it all portrays a different facet of life in Malgudi.
The simple narration and the readable language, would leave you craving for more by the end of the book.
2 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A romantic novel by Austen, it charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, one of the five sisters of the Bennets who must marry the rich. As she meets the wealthy and arrogant, Mr. Darcy, what follows is a delightful readable courtship story. She realizes the error of hasty judgement and comes to appreciate the beauty of a human.
Engrossing and profound, and filled with highly entertaining dialogues, it has fascinated readers for long and found a permanent place in the “most-loved books” of literature.
3 The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Diary of a young girl is actually a personal diary of Anne Frank. We all know who Anne Frank is. She kept a diary with her where she penned down all her experiences- both sweet and bitter.
The book begins on Anne’s thirteenth birthday, where she receives a diary, as a gift from her parents. This is when she starts her story. It witnesses the story of a young girl a she starts to mature. With Anne’s final diary entry, we are bound to be heartbroken and happy at the same time. Read it for some motivation and inspiration.
4 A Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
In this historical novel, Khushwant Singh tells about the the Sikhs and the Muslims who lived together in peace for hundred of years, but the partition of 1947. It covers the destruction that the partition brought in. Based on the main character Mano Majra, the novel depicts that love exists in all religions and that love has no language.
The language being straight forward and presented in truly Indian context, it is a simple read which will leave you thinking about it for long.
5 To Kill A Mockingbird
An enormously popular novel, it presents a picture of serious issues like rape and racial discrimination through the eyes of two children, Jean and Jeremy. They live with their father, Atticus, who happens to be a lawyer. The story takes a different turn when Atticus is asked to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman. Read the book to find out what Atticus does. Will he or will he not?
A great study of human conscience, To Kill A Mockingbird became an instant bestseller when it was published in 1960. Though old, it still is relevant to the present world and is an eye opener.