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Reading is one such activity that helps you escape the real world and lets you completely immerse yourself in another universe. Books take you to different places and worlds and give you the freedom to meet people you would have never met in real life.
As J.K. Rowling says, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” The ocean of literature is very vast, and sometimes it gets confusing as to where to start your reading journey.
Here’s a list of 5 books that will help you get into the habit of reading:
1. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
Goodreads rating: 3.9/5
Written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist is an allegorical novel that follows the story of a young Andalusian shepherd on his journey to the pyramids of Egypt after having recurring dreams about finding a treasure tree there.
The story’s main theme is about finding one’s destiny and how the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true. This book belongs to the self-help genre, with philosophy at its core.
This book is quite easy to read, especially for beginners, as it uses very simple language that will keep you hooked until the end.
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Goodreads rating: 4.7/5
Harry Potter is one of the most famous fantasy novel series written by British author J.K. Rowling. These seven books chronicle the life and adventures of a young wizard named Harry Potter, along with his two best friends, Ronald Weasely and Hermione Granger, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The storyline follows Harry’s battle against Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who intends to become immortal and rule over the whole magical and muggle (non-magical) worlds.
The Harry Potter novels are considered to be one of the cornerstones of modern young adult literature. With its gripping storyline and quirky characters, the series is the best-selling book series in the history of literature.
3. Carlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Goodreads rating: 4.5/5
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by British author Roald Dahl is a children’s fantasy novel following the life of young Charlie Bucket and his adventures inside the great chocolate factory owned by chocolatier Willy Wonka.
Though the book belongs in the category of children’s literature, it is a great book to start reading for all age groups. The storyline will keep you entertained and hooked until the last page, and the happy ending will give you a great sense of satisfaction.
4. The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5
The Palace of Illusions is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi’s point of view. The book can be summarised as the story of Panchaalu, a woman living in a patriarchal world. She’s the wife of the five Pandava brothers and is often called the reason for the epic war. Reading the story from her viewpoint will give you a clearer idea of how and why the war took place.
It’s a great book to start reading authentic Indian literature and get to know the great epics in a light, fictional manner.
5. Grandma’s Bag of Stories: Sudha Murthy
Goodreads rating: 4.3/5
Grandma’s Bag of Stories, as the name suggests, is a bunch of stories that our moms and grandmothers used to tell us in our childhood, written by Indian entrepreneur Sudha Murthy. The stories are meant to entertain, educate, and provide hours of enjoyment to the children to whom the stories are told in the book as well as to the readers who are reading.
The book and the stories will evoke major nostalgia, and you won’t be able to put down the book until you’ve finished all the stories. It’s a great book to start your reading journey with.
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