Buying a book is an Art To Conquer. Buy the wrong one and it’s a waste of your money and time too. Since you bought it, you’ll force yourself to read it, against all your instincts.
A good book is worth a thousand memories.
I often buy books on instinct and so far, my instincts never wronged me. But I’ve heard my friends complain to me about the “wrong choices” they made in buying books. And, that led me to this.
So, I compiled a list of books so that those who wish to buy a book this winter and whenever will find it easier to choose from a list well-defined. Choose the book you want without wasting a lot of time and take ’em off the shelf!
Warning: The books in this list are NOT for light readers.
1. Savi Sharma’s – This is not your story
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Summary: Sometimes, you do not write your story, it writes you. You don’t choose your story, it chooses you. But would you believe it if someone told you, ‘This is Not Your Story’? Would you have the courage to rewrite it? Shaurya, a CA student. This is his story of following his dreams. Miraya, an interior designer. This is her story of believing in love. Anubhav, an aspiring entrepreneur. This is his story of giving life another chance.
For beginners, this book is a refreshing read. Also, there is Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat which is an equally, if not more, interesting read. If you’re already into the reading habit, you might find the language flow easier. This book is all about ambitions and love.
2. Sidney Sheldon’s – The Best Laid Plans
Summary: ‘Dear Diary: This morning I met the man I am going to marry.’ It was a simple enough entry in a young woman’s diary which gave not the slightest portent of the elaborate chain of events that was about to occur. The Best Laid Plans tells the explosive story of the beautiful and ambitious Leslie Stewart, who learns that for some men power is the greatest aphrodisiac; and of Oliver Russell, the handsome governor of a small southern state, who finds out why hell has no fury like a woman scorned.
It was not a pleasant read. It was terrific with all its twists and turns. At some point, you might fall in love with the girl, Leslie, yet hate her at the same time. This book proves to us that Revenge is a futile feeling. The plans she creates are the ones that lead her to her downfall. All the hard-earned respect vanishes in a whoosh!
3. Sidney Sheldon’s – The Tides Of Memory
Summary: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? On the surface, the De Vere family appear to have it all. Wealth, political power and idyllic life split between their London mansion, Oxfordshire country house and their idyllic, sprawling Martha’s Vineyard estate. But beneath the gilded façade and the family’s apparently watertight bonds with one another, lie many secrets, some of them deadly. When the mistakes of youth refuse to stay buried and generation old hatreds resurface, the De Veres find themselves on the brink of losing everything. How far will each of them go to conceal the truth and protect the family?
You could call me a fan of Sidney Sheldon but believe me, this is another masterpiece! It might not have many positive reviews but this book is worth your time. You simply cannot put it down. Still, I must say, the first few pages are boring as hell. You need to give some time to the book and to yourself; only then you’ll find that the book is simply hard to put down. The suspense is easy to figure out if you’re familiar with his writings.
4. Ayn Rand’s – The Fountainhead
I recommend this book only if you’re an advanced reader (not a beginner) and are okay with philosophical fiction.
Summary: The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand’s controversial novel, tells the story of the desperate battle waged by architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was unyielding as a granite. Of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately but married his worst enemy. Of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. Its theme is – that the man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress.
This book is a signature book in everyone’s life. It includes striving for goals, consensual rape, beliefs which are questioned, established values that are weighed once more. It believes in a life lived by one for oneself and not others. It’s a clash of opinions. This book is a war, penned down in 700+ pages.
5. Stephen King’s – IT
The movie is a waste of time. Please don’t watch it. Fair warning!
Summary: It is the children who see – and feel – what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes, IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing. Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
At first, I felt frightened, not because of the plot but ’cause of the size of the book. 1376 pages! It took me 36 days to finish this horrific thriller. As in the case of Sidney Sheldon’s books, you need to give some time to this book. If you get through the first 150 pages, you’ll drown deep in this gruesome mess. And, you’ll love it.
6.Stephen King’s – The Stand
Summary: First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the West and the Apocalypse looms.
I’m a die-hard fan of Stephen King if you must know. There is a reason why his books are hard to put down. First, his writing style. The way he weaves the plot is like designing a complex dress. This book is 1325 pages of horror and terror. You’ll feel as of THAT DARK MAN is standing right behind you as you read it. Beware!
7. Paula Hawkins’ – The Girl On The Train
A very light read. I suppose you’ve certainly heard of this best-selling debut novel.
Summary: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train.
Compared to the above-mentioned novels, this is a peaceful and light read. The book’s thin too (315 pages, I think). You can probably finish it in a day. I would recommend it to beginners. To be serious, the plotline’s not very revealing until the end. I felt good because I couldn’t guess the culprit until the author revealed it to me. It may not be so in your case though.
8. The Dan Brown series
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Dan Brown is an exceptional author. The way he portrays surroundings in an imagined book or the way he links twists and ends them perfectly at the last second of the day; it is nothing short of marvellous. If you’ve read at least one book of his’, you’ll know why he deserves this praise and recognition. If you’re about to buy ONE book, then I sincerely advise you to book one of his books. You might feel restless during his explanations of architectural domes and churches if you’re not used to it.
How many of the above mentioned books do you own? Have you decided on buying any? Let us know by commenting below!