Reading is one of the magical experience anyone can have.We can lose ourselves into it and find ourselves there too. Few books will show you how to love unconditionally, while few books will break you heart. While there are some books which will make you laugh until your stomach hurts, while some will make you cry until your eyes get swollen.Well, here are a handful of books which will have you day dreaming!
Francis Bacon said it best:
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book is a simple yet amazing story of two young kids Amir and Hassan whose lives are turned upside down during the war in Afghanistan. The story will take you on the emotional roller coaster Amir experiences during his childhood and the effects it has on his adult life. A story of friendship and betrayal, of cowardice and courage, set in the backdrop of the Afghanistan war. A story that engages you throughout and it’s hard to not shed a tear of joy and sadness at the same time at the end of the story.
2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This book describes the memoirs of an elderly woman who was separated from her family and sold to a Geisha training house when she was young, while her sister became a prostitute. The young and beautiful Chiyo impresses the head of the training house, however, her misdemeanors lead her to be instead used as a maid. One day she meets a man who is kind to her and she falls for him instantly. The desire to be with him inspires her to become a Geisha. Her unusual love takes her through the tough times and she goes on to become one of the most famous Geisha. The tale transports you to the historic times of Japan whose culture is now lost.
3. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
This book is a spectacular read as it has a fresh perspective and talks about objectivism of one’s life. It talks about the principles and ethics one set for oneself and how to stay true to it. The plot preaches the philosophical approach to conceitedness whereas talks about the sham of altruistic approach to life. The writing has incredible use of vocabulary and intricate architectural terms which makes complete sense to the central theme of the book which revolves around the life of two architects, Howard Roark and Peter Keating.
This masterpiece is divided in four parts in the name of four characters of the book which are- Peter Keating, Ellsworth Toohey, Gail Waynand and Howard Roark. One more character which didn’t make it to the name of the chapters yet is the driving force of the book is Dominique Francon. The book is really recommended for young minds who are about to enter their professional lives but utmost care should be taken due to authors’ unapologetic style of approach to live.
4. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
This book was a global phenomenon when it was first released, and it has captivated readers worldwide ever since. A sensational story, spanning sixty years, and three generations of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save and finally destroy each other. The plot has thrill, mystery, drama, contemporary, historical fiction.
William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski—are born on the same day in 1906. However, that’s the only thing they have in common. Abel is a penniless orphan who is adopted by a poor Polish woodcutter’s family after his mother is found dying by the road. While Kane is born into a life of privilege, being the only son of a powerful Boston banking millionaire, yet suffers a series of tragedies of his own that make him wary of trusting people. Although their lives run parallel as they establish their careers, there are moments when their lives intersect. Eventually, they confront each other in a business situation that ends up affecting both their lives forever and leading to a game of one-upmanship. As the conflict unfolds between them for the bulk of their adult lives, both are stunned to find that the biggest price ends up being paid by those they love the most.
I think this is a book that can entertain you and make you wise at the same time. Jeffrey Archer’s international bestseller is followed by the enthralling sequel, The Prodigal Daughter.
5. Call me by your name by André Aciman
The book centers on a blossoming romantic relationship between an exceptionally smart, curious 17-year-old boy named Elio Perlman and a 24 year old visiting scholar named Oliver in 1980s Italy. The story unfolds from the point-of-view of an older Elio. You can feel him lusting over Oliver, teasing Oliver, and finally, falling in love with Oliver. A powerful and sudden romance that marks both the men for a lifetime. For what the two discover that one summer is ‘total intimacy’ – the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again. Their love for eachother and the raw and true and sinful emotions and feelings of Elio will move you in many aspects.
Aciman’s beautiful and vivid writing immerses us into a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. The writing takes young obsession and infatuation and elevates those feelings to poetic desire and endearment. The novel rekindles passion and first love in so many ways that you can possibly imagine. As Elio puts it, “dreammaking and strange remembrance”. Call Me by Your Name is a romantic, attractive, and moving literary masterpiece that embodies fire — sparking, raging, burning, dying, and eventually, living and starting over again.