We’ve all been thankful for one book or the other for bringing a change in our lives. Books are an essential part of our lives as it teaches as well as give delight. We are still in the pandemic and are still trying to cope with the situation. While books might be boring for some, many people consider it their escape to paradise. Those who read know the power of words and the effect they can have on one person.
We know the days are getting hectic and monotonous but what better than spending your free time with your favourite book and a coffee and letting the magic be created around you? Considering today’s technology and how most things are now online, using your time reading printed books can be beneficial for your health and eyes as it’ll strain them less.
If you are struggling to find your next read or looking to start your reading journey, then fret not as we are back with our series that’ll help you make a choice. We’ve curated this list of top five books to read this month containing various genres so you can devour them all. Let’s not waste much time and get to the recommendations. Have fun reading!
1. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
Genre: Historical Fiction, African-American Culture, Magic Realism
This 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by the American author Toni Morrison is a must-read. This heart-wrenching story of Sethe, a former slave haunted by the past is spellbinding and makes you ponder on a lot of things. The book is about Sethe, her memories of the Sweet Home, Paul D her daughter Denver and the malevolent spirit. Morrison’s remarkable novel is one of the great and lasting masterpieces of American literature, combining the visionary force of legend with the irrefutable reality of history. This novel will let you feel the loss, the pain, and the fleeting moments of happiness. For those looking to gain knowledge of a different culture or simply looking to read an emotionally investing book, this will be a perfect choice.
2. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte
Genre: Gothic, Romance, Classic Literature
What better than reading a Victorian era classic romance novel that is infused with the elements of society, gothic and brooding protagonists. Jane, who was orphaned as a kid, has spent her whole life as an outcast. She comes to Thornfield Hall, where she has been recruited to care for Edward Rochester’s ward Adèle by the gloomy, haughty Edward Rochester. Jane is captivated by his disturbed but kind personality. She falls in love with him and vice versa. But there is a secret hidden in the attic. Is Rochester hiding something? Will Jane be able to live happily ever after? This novel has a gloomy undertone and mixed with the pining of main characters for each other, makes for an enjoyable read.
3. “The Immortals of Meluha” by Amish Tripathi
Genre: Mythology, Historical Fiction, Indian Literature
This is the first part of the Shiva trilogy, set in the land of Meluha which starts with the arrival of Shiva. The book was published in 2010 and became an instant hit. The author writes with an interesting modern-day perspective and the book is a different take on Indian mythology. Every character is well defined and the book hooks its readers till the end. It is the perfect blend of modern-day technologies and Hindu legends. The setting is grand and the story is versatile as it is filled with suspense, romance, brotherhood, and devotion.
4. “The Carpet Weaver” by Nemat Sadat
Genre: Queer Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
Set in Afghanistan, 1977, this book is based on Kanishka Nurzada, son of a carpet seller, and his love story with Maihan. The book makes the bold choice of communicating a gay love story in the land of Pashtuns, where death penalties are meted out for such ‘derogatory’ acts. Kanishka’s difficult journey takes him from the cultural melting pot of Kabul to the horrors of a Pakistani detention camp, and eventually to the United States in the desperate hunt for a place to call home—and the passionate dream of reconnecting with his beloved Maihan. However, it appears that fate has other ideas for him. This bildungsroman will make you feel you grew as a person while experiencing the lives of the protagonists. Filled with pain, teenage first love, uncertainty for the future, and hope this book will keep you invested.
5. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Contemporary
One can never go wrong with a thriller book. This gem by Paula Hawkins has been #1 New York’s Bestseller and continues to be popular among the readers. Perfect as a light read which will keep you up on your toes and warn you not to blink in case you miss something. Rachel takes the same commuter train to work every day. She knows it will always wait at the same signal, overlooking a stretch of back yards. She’s even begun to feel as though she knows the residents of one of the houses, referring to them as “Jess and Jason.” Everything changes as she notices something startling. It’ll only be a minute until the train departs, but it’ll be enough. Rachel now has the opportunity to become a part of the lives she has only observed from afar. They’ll realize now that she’s more than simply the train girl. Leaving on the cliffhanger for you to go and find out what happens next and enjoy reading this mystery.