I’ve had a lot of time over the summer to read books and lose myself in stories that I would love to be a part of. Some of them were lovely books that I would read over and over again at the drop of the hat. They range from Romances to Books that rely solely on religion and beliefs. So without any further ado, these are my “Top Ten Must Reads”.
1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This book follows through the ups and downs of a young boy who is continuously isolated because of his physical differences. August exhibits absolute bravery when he chooses to start attending school in fifth grade. It highlights the importance of the school years on a child. Wonder is a book that will move you to tears without doubt. This book teaches one about the impact words may have on people. It has definitely made me a better person. 🙂
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book is very close to my heart. It brings out issues that are very relevant in today’s day and age using the help of a beautiful friendship. A gripping book that breeds heartache and betrayal. It was a book that first introduced to me to the life of one belonging to Afghan. The hardships faced by them taught me to be more thankful and appreciative of the privileges I have.
3. We were liars by Emily Jenkins, (E.lockhart)
The book seems new every single time I read it. The heartache I felt whilst reading this book was absolutely surreal. “We were Liars” is written in a way that makes a happy ending seem inevitable. It is almost painful, the way everything seems to be heading for the best. It’s hard to describe the book without giving away too much. All in all, this is a must read for all ages.
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Another one of Hosseini’s most famous works, A thousand splendid suns is a book that proves that women standing up for each other can be the most powerful act in the world. This book really managed to tug at my heart strings. It bred emotion from the beginning to the very end. This books acts as a counterpart to Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” which emphasises on the struggles of being a woman in this world. Relationships continue to strengthen and readers soon learn how the women collectively face their deepest and darkest fears.
5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
This book breeds passion. It describes issues that are not necessarily pleasant, yet Arundhati Roy manages to do it in the most beautiful way possible. The words managed to creep through my bones and made a deep rooted impact on me. The book is a significant piece that will help in the development of a person. It really acts as something that readers can take forward with them. One of my absolute favourite writers!
6. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
As the name suggests, this book acts as an inspiration to those who find themselves procrastinating when it comes to cleaning up. It teaches it’s readers to increase their efficiency while clearing up in a way that it becomes and enjoyable activity and not just a chore. The change this book has brought about in my life is way more than I could explain. Decluttering is now an act of stress relief and very, very satisfying 🙂
7. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book touches upon issues that teenagers may face in their day to day lives. Niven writes the book in a way such that all age groups may find relevance in reading it. It’s quirkiness adds a sense of lightness to the book. Like the blurb mentions, Violet learns to enjoy life to the fullest and have no regrets from someone who sees no purpose in life. Their striking contrast makes the book painful and influential all together. A must read in my opinion!
8. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book is as short and sweet as one can get. “Speak” resonated with me as it delves deeper into the truth about high school. As Melinda finds herself closing up to others, she also hides a deep dark secret within her that starts to overpower her being. Her environment seems unsupportive and ignorant towards her changes, very much like high schools all over the world. It was emotionally overwhelming and teaches us to look out for those who hide their pain with a smile.
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Now turned into a TV showedwatched by millions, “Thirteen Reasons Why” touches upon the unseen effect of words without thought. It follows the life of Hannah Baker post her unfortunate suicide, as she distributes tapes underlining their involvement in her death. This was definitely an eye opener and makes us a little bit more thoughtful of the things we say. People may argue that it is not appropriate for a certain age group, but the truth is that it is too true to believe. The relevance of this book in today’s world left me awe struck.
10. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This is a book that revolves around how a persona can be affected by things such as revenge and misery. This is what we see as Heathcliff matures and comes back to avenge his sorrowful childhood. The concept of love is seen through a unique relationship and this route of love and passion has remained unexplored for too long. It’s hard to describe this book any further other than saying that it is a must read for all who are suckers for a good ol’ romance novel. This novel by Emily Bronte will not let you down!
Thank you so much for taking time to read this 🙂 If you wish to discuss your opinions of the books or chat about your feelings after reading them, feel free to contact me. Until then, Happy Reading!
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