Books To Read In 2018
Now, I first decided not to make any new year resolutions, but then, as silly as it sounds, I gave in. But, unlike others, being fit, or joining the gym, or letting go off drinking or finding love didn’t make to my resolutions list. Something even better did. And I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell believe it’s unique. You wanna know what it is? Well, I decided that I will generate in at least one non-book lover the love for reading. Yeah! Sounds cool, right? Are you wondering for books to read in 2018?
So here is a compilation of 12 amazing, all-time loved authors and their outstanding works in literature, one for each month, for you to gorge on. Trust me when I say this, their dedication speaks for itself. And if you follow this list throughout the year, I can guarantee that many among you, and not just one, will fall in love with what I prefer to call them ‘my world of imaginary realities’.
1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
This controversial novel, which was also banned, brings out vividly the themes of teenage angst and alienation. Its protagonist has become an idol for the teenage rebel. One of the best works by the author, this will definitely go down well with all you weary souls out there.
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2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This novel is based on the sensitive issues of rape and racial inequality. And yet, the author has earned acclaims for the warm and humorous flow of the narration. An evergreen classic, this is a simple and engaging book that dealt with racial discrimination in America.
3. If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon
This one is not at all like any other books on the list. It’s catchy, full of suspense and leaves you brooding about the protagonist’s next move. In its heart, it is the story of a con artist, and how her brilliance outshines the riches of the unworthy. A must read, the thrill is going to linger in your head for long.
4. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
Again, a simple yet stirring one. Only Paulo Coelho could connect philosophy with love and leave the reader wanting for more of his lucid and thought-provoking stories.
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This one is my personal favourite for a lot of reasons. First, it brings out in utmost details the condition of women in Afghanistan during and post war. Second, the perils of Mariam as the illegitimate child, her marriage with a man much older to her and then her inability to produce children of her own, Hosseini makes sure the readers feel each and every emotion. Then there is Laila, and her story of love lost and found. This novel is sure to trigger a lot of emotions in you.
6. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult has a heart for understanding human emotions, and she portrays it more than beautifully in this twisted tale of two sisters. As much as it is touching, keep your tissues handy for the heartbreaking and yet, moving climax.
7. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Literature is incomplete without poetry, that makes you feel and crave and desire and a thousand other things. This collection of Rupi Kaur’s short verses gives you a lot in the minimum of words and is sure to make it right through your heart.
8. Norwegian Wood by Murakami
Haruki Murakami is one of the most loved Japanese Writer, with his books loved internationally and being translated into more than 50 languages. His style is more of a casual, humorous one, and that adds to the charm of his stories. So, you will love reading this entertaining, sexy and funny one.
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A much-loved romance novel, it charts the emotional development of its protagonist, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. It has also been made into a famous movie under the same name.
10. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
Numerous critics have praised Neruda as the greatest poet in the Spanish language, during his lifetime. His poems are a different world in themselves. I cannot say much about this collection, except that it speaks for itself once you go through it.
11.Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
This novel that revolves around the partition of India in 1947, is one of the most loved works of the author. Instead of focusing on the political events, Khushwant Singh dives deeper into the human emotions and partings, and is sure to move you in the most incredible ways.
12.The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Another novel by the internationally celebrated author of The God of Small Things, this is an aching love story that takes you on a beautiful tour of India. Each of its characters is tenderly rendered, and struggles its way through love with just one thing set strongly in their hearts – hope.
I know the treasure is endless. I have only tried to cull up a few for those who cannot decide which one to start with and end up giving in altogether. 🙂
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