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Top 5 Books to Add to Your Reading List in January and February

Start your new year right by creating a reading resolution. We’ve compiled a list of the top five novels to read this month that spans many genres so you can read them all.

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Books are a whole different world in themselves and everybody would agree on that. It is an escape to a universe of imagination and creativity. While some are drawn by the intriguing world of fantasy, others might prefer to read the real experiences in autobiographies. The preferences might differ but the love for books and their power to change lives remain the same.

Bored or not, one should take out time to read. Having a reading habit creates wonderful changes in personal as well as professional life. With the digitalization of all the aspects, going old-school and reading printed books can be a good experience and will even be good for the eyes.

If you’re having trouble deciding what to read next or where to begin your reading adventure, don’t worry; we’re back with a new series to help you make a decision. We’ve compiled a list of the top five novels to read this month that spans many genres so you can read them all.

Start your new year right by creating a reading resolution. Let’s not spend any more time and go right to the suggestions. Have a good time reading!

1. “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

The Silent Patient is a chilling psychological thriller about a woman’s act of domestic violence against her husband—and the therapist concerned with figuring out why she did it. Alicia Berenson is a well-known painter who is married to a highly sought-after fashion photographer. Alicia shoots her husband five times in the face one evening and then remains silent. Alicia’s unwillingness to speak turns a home tragedy into a mystery, capturing the public interest and elevating Alicia to celebrity status. Her art’s value soars, and she, the quiet sufferer, is sent to the Grove, a secure forensic facility in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist on a mission to persuade her to talk so that he may solve the riddle and find the truth that threatens to devour him. This book is the best choice if you love suspense and crime novels. It is everything you want from the genre and yet is a very different tale.

2. “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

With the month of love approaching fast, reading a romance novel might be a great choice to feel the butterflies and serotonin of the same. This book has been all over social media and has been a popular read. With romantic warmth and emotional gravity, Hoover’s book addresses the tough issue of domestic abuse. It comprises two intertwined love tales, one from heroine Lily Bloom’s past and the other from the present. It’s tough to tell who to cheer for when a chance encounter pulls both guys into the same room with Lily, at least at first. Someone’s heart will undoubtedly be crushed, but Hoover brings us to such an unexpected location that we, the readers, end up with shattered hearts that are slowly repaired. The book grasps your attention from the first page and lets you experience Lily’s adventurous life.

3. “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Genre: Inspirational, Poetry, Non-fiction

When Amanda Gorman, the first person to be chosen National Youth Poet Laureate, read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration, she received international attention. It’s difficult to outshine a president, but she did it. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country includes the complete text of Gorman’s poem as well as an introduction by Oprah Winfrey. This souvenir honors America’s potential and promotes the power of poetry. If you are a person who can’t seem to indulge in long novels but loves to read poems and inspirational things, this piece can be of interest to you.

4. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Classic, Historical Fiction, Romance

Nothing’s better than a classic victorian romance novel. The book has been highly rated and critically acclaimed. The book stands in relevance even in the 21st century. The March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and lasting novel, Little Women, have captivated generations of readers, young and old, male and female. Jo, a creative tomboy, and aspiring novelist, Beth, who is terribly fragile, Meg, who is lovely, and passionate, spoilt Amy are all bonded in their love for one another and their battle to live in New England during the Civil War. The book takes you on a journey with the sisters from various experiences, tragedies, love stories to them finding their true selves. The brilliance of the writing and narrative prevents the readers from getting bored and in return creates an effect of awe and wonder.

5. “Notes on Grief” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Coming in terms with the reality of today’s work, this book talks about the outbreak of the 2019 pandemic. Notes on Grief is a beautiful work of reflection, remembering, and hope written in the aftermath of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s beloved father’s death from the COVID-19 epidemic in the summer of 2020.

Adichie elaborates on her original New Yorker essay, describing how this tragedy rocked her to her core. She writes about being one of the millions of individuals who will be mourning this year, about the family and cultural elements of loss, as well as the inevitable loneliness and fury that comes with it. Adichie ties together her own experience of her father’s death with strands of his life narrative with her trademark precision of language and sparkling, terrible detail on the page—and never without touches of rich, honest humor.

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Written by Marya

Loves reading, critiquing and writing. Philosophical and poetic with a charm of sarcasm adds to my approach. Dance, cinema and music make to my list of hobbies. Explore and express are the key elements of my life.

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