From a very young age what a person learns is to read and write. Reading books is like doing meditation. It gives so much knowledge, wisdom, and a sense of mental peace. So, I will recommend you some of the best books to read & Novels For Beginners if you are just going to start reading something.
There is a quote by Osho and it really hits me hard every time
“to me a book is not just a book, it is a love affair. I have loved books my whole life. They helped me when nothing else was shining in the dark days.”Osho
The wits developed by reading books can’t be generated overnight. As it gives an overview of a thing in a detailed manner. Also, a book records the imagination, perception, and thoughts of the essay writer. In every word written a reader can find something unique to himself a new experience. Which can help him/her enrich their soul itself.
There are many books to read but to create interest for a reader he/ she need to swell inside the book. Understand it from its core.
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Also, the writer may complete the book but without a reader, the book will always be incomplete. As, at starting it is very hard to read books as we get bored, but it gets more interesting when we start to dwell with the story and start reading more. And never forget that
A reader lives thousand lives before he diesGeorge R.r. Martin
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So, here are my picks for the top 12 Best books & novels to read as beginners.
12. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
“Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.”Khaled hosseini
Khaled Hosseini is one of the most renowned writers around the globe. The book showcases war-torn regions in Kabul during the 90s. Also, the book portrays the resilience of Afghan woman who has to endure everything for three generations.
So, basically, Khaled is fed up that why should a woman be imprisoned just because she got married in the middle-east.
Also, he highly presses on the problems faced by the woman in middle-east and shows how resilient they are and how a single person can bring some social change. One of the best novels for beginners.
11. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
“Change is one thing. Acceptance is another.”Arundhati Roy
It is the debut novel written by the writing legend, Arundhati Roy. She won the Booker Prize in London in 1997 for her very first book. In this book, she brings light to the contrast that Indian society radiates to normal people who were born under different conditions.
She tries to explain that everyone should be treated like a human. Whatever the caste, religion, or gender it doesn’t matter as everyone is human first. A must Book to read
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10. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
“You Never really understand a person untill you consider things from his point of view… untill you climb into his skin and walk around in it”Harper Lee
This book was written in 1960 by writer Harper Lee. It has a very intriguing storyline and is about justice and racism. Also, it is one of the best novels written which showcases light upon racism and the injustice black people used to face.
It is a story about Atticus Finch who is out to help a Black man who is falsely accused but due to racial discrimination, injustice comes into play. This masterpiece by Harper Lee is a must-read book. One of the best novels for beginners.
9. Malgudi Days – R.K. Narayan
“Life is about making right things and going on”R.K. Narayan
This is a classic. It is not a must that you need to be a child to relate to what’s happening in the book. It is a trilogy consisting of 3 sets. So, the story is about Swami who is from the town “Malgudi”. He is a Brahman who hates going to school.
Also, R.K Narayan just does not depicts only Swami’s life but also shows how bad slavery is and how it has been affecting society. In short, the book shows the very importance of equality.
8. Train to Pakistan – Khushwant Singh
“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.”Khushwant singh
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Khushwant Singh beautifully depicts the repercussions and rebellious religious riots caused due to the partition. So, the story is about a small peaceful village Mano Majra which is destroyed due to the partition in 1947.
All across the narrative and the partitioning, “ghost trains,” or trains are carrying slain Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims, which traverse the new frontier separating India and Pakistan.
7. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
“We loved each other with a premature love, marked by a fierceness that so often destroys adult lives.”Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir with Lolita broke all the barriers and gave a new form of story and art. Lolita is a very erotic novel with many dark turns. The story is about Humbert Humbert who is sexually attracted to a 12-year-old girl who is the daughter of his girlfriend, later he becomes her step-father.
Also, the girl’s name is Dolores but Humbert calls her “Lolita”. So, read the book to know more of the twist and turns that happen in their lives. One of the best novels for beginners.
6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of lifetime…..”khaled hosseini
The book Kite Runner is one of its own and a very insightful one to be precise. The book shows light on a boy named Amir is in very much guilt, as he was unable to stop Hassan from getting raped.
As his dilemma was greater for he had to choose between rescuing his best friend and his nephew Sohrab. But, as family comes first and rescues his young nephew. But the guilt of letting his friend go at the time of aid sets him on a path of redemption.
5. Shoedog – Phil Knight
“The cowards never started. The weak died along the way”Phil Knight
It is an inspiring story of how entrepreneur Phil Knight has grown into such a big figure with his brand Nike. It showcases the problems of how difficult it was to set the business and also, points out his experiences when all his hopes were down and he thought that he has to shut down his business.
But now Phil’s brand Nike is the biggest sports brand industry in the world. It is one of the best motivational novels for beginners of all time.
4. The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
“Love comes like lightning, and disappears the same way. If you are lucky, it strikes you right. If not, you’ll spend your life yearning for a man you can’t have.”Chitra Banerjee divakaruni
Banerjee beautifully creates an imaginative novel on the most smeared and suffering character “Draupadi”.
The book is written from the perspective of Draupadi who had to marry 5 Pandav’s and also, shows the unspoken secret love she had for Karn. But it is not portrayed in Mahabharata. Also, the novel shows how strong Draupadi as a character is.
3. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D Salinger
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”J.D Salinger
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Overall, “The Catcher in the Rye” is a well-defined youth book, and it is still very popular even after it’s been long published. The role of Holden Caulfield feels like a teenager trying to discover his life and find himself. The character of Holden Caulfield is a major reason this book remains popular.
“Authentic, profane, both against the system and in investment in the system, this novel became a book that was read, loved, and regarded by tens of millions of people around the world as almost dissatisfied in the coming next decades.
A user manual for a Teen. Holden is an unreliable storyteller, but he is very candid about his feelings-most readers have experienced this feeling before.
2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”paulo coelho
This book will take you on a very new spiritual journey unwinding the untold truths and finding a positive light to live. Also, Paulo Coelho is an excellent writer and The Alchemist is one of his masterpieces. It is one of the best novels for beginners of all time.
1. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”F.Scott Fitzgerald
This novel put light on the American dream, and how it is very unrealistic and will make a person unhappy as human wants will never finish and the wish to get more and more will always make a person sad.
He wants people to understand and treasure what they have as if they can make their present better without obsessing over what happens next, he/she may have a better future than imagined.
So, these were the top picks of some Best books & novels to read as a beginner