Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Top Ten Books to read this Monsoon

“Books are uniquely portable magic”, said Stephen King, perhaps the most celebrated author of all times. Truer words have never been spoken. A reader’s curse is to live a million lives and wanting to live a million more through those inked pages.

Since it is the monsoon season which more often than not evokes an unidentifiable longing to escape to undiscovered places and hide away from humanity, I present to you My personal favourites. Keep a book and a cup of coffee by your side and you switch off the world for hours at length.


This book has been on reader’s to be read pile since the beginning of the year.

The story is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.


This controversial yet brilliant literary piece by Vladimir Nabokov is one of the highlights on my bookshelf.

Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping,the  silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. 


This coming of age novel by Salinger is what stimulated the minds of a million young adults all over the world, no wonder it is part of the American curriculum.

The Catcher in the Rye is the story of Holden Caulfield who has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school.


The classic written by Jane Eyre at the tender age of eighteen under the pseudonym of Currier Belle tells the tale that did away with the docile interpretation of a civilised woman.

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. 


One of my all time favourites is this haunting account of a possible future of humanity.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.


This book implores the reader to understand sadness and depression not as a taboo that is often kept under the wraps, away from the eyes of society.

A vulnerable young girl wins a dream assignment on a big-time New York fashion magazine and finds herself plunged into a nightmare. An autobiographical account of Sylvia Plath's own mental breakdown and suicide attempt, THE BELL JAR is more than a confessional novel.


Jay Gatsby wants to earn money. He gives up the present to chase the future, to undo, rather, reclaim his past.

it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism.


In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS.

Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.


The journey of discovery and love between the perpetually jovial Lou Clark and the cynical pessimist Will Traynor. 

This book has got millions of fangirls pining for their own customised Will, I wish the world was a wish granting factory.


A boy survives an accident that his mother doesn’t. He is taken in by a wealthy family, joins an elite school but is bullied. He longs for his lost mother and clings to the only thing that reminds him of her- a painting.

As he grows up he discovers underground art and starts working at an antique store where another dangerous game is being played and he somehow, is a pawn in the game.

I hope you read a few of my recommendations, nothing’s better than a reader and a book, especially if it’s recommended by yours truly.

Until the next post, Happy Reading

Written by Yamini Jaiswal
She spills dreams on paper and hopes to resurrect the power of the written word through artistic expression. An Illustrator for poetry and musings.

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