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Why reading is the key to success?
I think books are magical, not per se but a good book definitely has the power of influencing your emotions and transporting you to its universe of words where the protagonist is your friend and the antagonist is your enemy. It’s a beautiful feeling when you choose a book, find a cosy corner and start flipping pages one by one and lose yourself temporarily in them.
Like Albus Dumbledore once said,
“Words are in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying in”, and that’s exactly what books do, a collection of words that make us feel something.
There are different genres of books to get started with, romance, thriller, mystery, a slice of life, fantasy, period drama etc. and like different people have different tastes in everything else, books aren’t an exception.
What are the 4 Benefits of Reading?
- A Better World, A Kinder World
- Theory Of Everything
- A Beautiful Getaway
- We Are Connected
There are so many reasons why you should read a book that it’s impossible to imagine our lives without any readable documentation.
- A Better World, A Kinder World: Books provide us with first-hand information, be it fiction or non-fiction, it gives an account of a tiny part of the world which helps us understand the world better and aids in developing our ideas and behaviour towards others. It helps us understand ourselves better, correct our fatal flaws and become a better person; not just to the world, but to ourselves too.
- Theory Of Everything: As humans, we’ve always believed in striving for the better and becoming a better version of ourselves each day and to do that, we need theoretical and practical knowledge of things. While it’s easy to learn practically, theoretical knowledge makes the job easier and more efficient. Books are a theoretical form of knowledge.
- A Beautiful Getaway: Books create universes, especially fiction and they easily provide us with a quick escape from the harsh reality and get lost in the mystical world of Alice or the magical world of Narnia.
- We Are Connected: Books are a great way to connect with people, with you, with the universe. Your feelings towards a book make you the person you are and it is your feelings attached to the book that helps you connect with others, the words affect you so much that you get it tattooed or join the fandom.
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We have shortlisted some of the best beginner books from every genre, exclusively for you.
6 Books To Read For People Who Want To Get Into The Habit Of Reading This 2021
Undoubtedly one of the best fantasy novels out there, the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is a story of an 11-year-old orphan boy Harry, who discovers that he’s a wizard and is admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
There is something very special about him that makes others think highly and respectfully about him. He learns that his parents were also wizards and never died in a car crash as lied by his stern aunt and uncle. He leaves the ‘muggle’ world and joins the magical world full of mythical creatures, potions, spells, charms and of course, dragons! Everything is hunky-dory when he learns the secret of his parent’s death by an evil wizard who-shall-not-be-named.
The writing style is easy to understand and the universe ferries you to the mystical lands of Hogwarts and other fascinating places. Team up with Harry, Ron and Hermione and unravel the dark secrets that lead you to an epic final battle!
Some of the most popular fantasy book?
- The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- The Lies Of Lock Lamora by Scott Lynch.
- The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.
- Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay.
The Da Vinci Code may look daunting regarding its thickness but mind you, you will not be able to keep the book down once you get in the groove. Quite a fast-paced novel, as all thrillers should, this book keeps you at the edge of your seat since page one!
The protagonist Robert Langdon is an acclaimed symbolist and gets dragged in the murder of his friend cum Louvre creator Jacques Saunière. Langdon was summoned by the police because that was the last thing written by Jacques on the floor before he died. The police also get their Cryptographer Sophie Neveu who is Jacques’ estranged granddaughter. Together Langdon and Neveu solve the case revolving around the holy grail and Jesus Christ.
A classic thriller by Dan Brown, this book is surely going to keep you hooked till the last page!
- Sherlock series by Sir Author Conan Doyle
- Agatha Christie series
- YOU by Caroline Kepnes
- The girl on the train by Lucy Foley
3. Slice of life:
When it comes to this genre, one of the favourite authors in recent times is Khaled Hosseini and his book, The Kite Runner.
This story is about two boys, Amir and Hassan who are friends and play together but there’s always something that differentiates them throughout their childhood. Amir is the son of a rich man, a Pashtun boy whereas Hassan is his servant’s son yet they have some beautiful memories before a tragedy happens that changes their lives forever.
This story is about getting another chance at redemption. It is about guilt, forgiveness and growing up as a person, as a human being. This novel is bound to leave a warm feeling in your heart.
- Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- The fault in our stars by John Green
- The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
4. Period drama:
When it comes to real-life period drama, I’ve always recommended Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.
The story revolves around the Bennet family in Longbourn with 5 daughters in a household. The protagonist is the second daughter, Elizabeth who has superior skills at conversing, humour, wit and beauty. She has an elder sister Jane who is the most beautiful and kind soul and who happens to catch the attention of a young, wealthy and good-humoured gentleman named Mr Bingley. At the ball, he invites his extremely rich, handsome yet proud friend Mr Darcy and it is from then onwards, Elizabeth finds herself at cross purposes with Mr Darcy.
Later, it is Mr Darcy who starts falling in love with Elizabeth and proposes to her who rejects him on various reasons. This is a period drama that is sure to get you stuck in time where balls were fascinating and dancing was a gesture to get to know a person better.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
5. Indian Mythology:
When it comes to Indian Mythology, Amish Tripathi is the person that comes into my mind immediately. The second part of the Ramchandra series, Sita is his fifth instalment in the Amishverse. The story of Ramayana is from the point of view of Sita, the warrior of Mithila.
By the retelling of this story, Amish has given us a Sita who is fielding armies single-handedly, who is a champion archer, an efficient queen, and an able administrator.
Additionally, it is refreshing to find a female protagonist in vanilla art whose physical appearance is not prioritised in her portrayal exactly why this makes an excellent feminist book.
Myth = Mithya: Decoding Hindu Mythology by Devdutt Pattanaik (India’s bestselling Mythologist)
6. Science Fiction:
Dystopia and science fiction are a brainteaser but can also leave you with a morbid feeling of emptiness, despair and plain obnoxiousness.
But thankfully, George Orwell’s 1984, comes with a muted range of melancholy. Nineteen eighty-four is a classic literary example of political dystopia and honestly, it’s very much in sync with what’s happening today worldwide, with mass surveillance, curbing independent and free-thinking, totalitarianism and violation of freedom of expression.
The story takes place in an imagined future of 1984, where most of the world have become victims to wars, propaganda and government surveillance. Britain has been renamed to Airstrip One and enjoys the power of The Party, which is a totalitarian government. Big Brother is the leader of the party and is talked about as if he exists and has an intense cult of personality.
The protagonist is Winston Smith, a diligent and smart rank-and-file worker who secretly hates the ruling party and joins the conspiracy against The Party. He also falls in love with his colleague Julia which is forbidden by the party and starts to vaguely remember what was life like before The Party came into power.
This novel has received critical acclaim and it is George Orwell’s 9th and final novel.
- The ultimate guide to hitchhiker’s galaxy
- The man in the high castle by Philip K. Dick
- A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L’engle
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- The White Eagle by Partha Banerjee
- The Martian: Stranded on Mars, one astronaut fights to survive By Andy Weir
So these are the books we think beginners can start with. There are a variety of books to pick and so many different genres.
A passing quote by Frank Serafini
‘There is no such thing as a person, who hates to read,
There are only people who have not found the right book.’
So tell us what other books you’d recommend for beginners if you’re already a book worm like us! And let us know your experience with the books recommended by us – 6 books to get started with reading (Beginner’s Edition)!