Reading is the one thing you can do to get away from reality and immerse yourself in another world. In the books we read, we learn more about the world and get ideas. Some of them also give us quotes that make us so moved that we get them tattooed. It doesn’t matter if you read Harry Potter or The Fault In Our Stars; they take you to places you’ve never been before.
As adults, we don’t know how to start reading. Because there are so many books out there, it can be hard to figure out where to start. You also need to know where to start so that you can start a love for books and grow it over time. For people who are just starting out, here is a list of things to know:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nick Carraway is the narrator of the story, but it is mostly about a mysterious rich man named Jay Gatsby. Known for his extravagant parties, Jay is a millionaire but he never goes to them. This is the strangest thing about it. So at least Nick finds out when he meets his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom.
It turns out that Gatsby and Daisy have known each other for a long time in the story. However, when he first met her, he didn’t have a lot of money and she was a typical rich girl. But he still fell in love with her, and gaining money was part of his plan to become one with Daisy, so he married her. The parties are a way for him to become a part of her world. When Gatsby meets Daisy, he is more obsessed with her than in love with her. He is doing everything he can to try to make Daisy fall in love with him. But the question is, did he do well? Is he finally getting back what he gave?
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
In the beginning, this book was only for adults. The Catcher in the Rye, on the other hand, has become very popular with teenagers who are going through a rebellious phase of reading. When Holden Caulfield didn’t do well in school, he was kicked out of the school. He is in a confusing place in his life, and he can’t even think of telling his parents about the whole thing because it would make them angry. Even the most common things are like this one.
The book is about Holden’s journey as he grows up and moves into the adult world. Teenagers find it hard. He even wants to run away and become a recluse. Then, you need to read the book to find out whether or not he does it. As a bonus, it will bring back all of your teen angst.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a simple book that has hidden meanings, but it’s not easy to read. It’s on this list because even though it’s written in a simple way, it’s a book you’ll be able to truly understand when you’re a certain age.
As a shepherd boy named Santiago, he has a dream that he keeps having over and over again. He thinks that this dream is a prediction of some kind. he goes to see a fortune-teller and ask her about it. There is a treasure in Egypt that she says Santiago should look for. On his way, he meets an old king who tells him about his own stories. “As a person, your personal legend is what you have always wanted to do. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their personal legend is. “When you want something, the whole world works together to help you get it.”” To see if this is true, read it.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Each person should try to read this book at some point. In this story, Draupadi tells the story of the Indian epic Mahabharata, but it’s told by none other than her. For a long time, our ancient literature hasn’t had a female voice. This retelling of the story from Draupadi’s point of view will make you look at the story in a new way, though.
Draupadi was born from fire and married the five Pandava brothers while having a secret love. Often, she is blamed for starting a war that killed many people. This is her story, and you might see why she isn’t to blame. A new twist on an old story can get you excited about reading.
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Because this book can make people excited about an important twist in the Ramayana, which we know by heart. This book is told through the eyes of Sita, and it will take you on a journey through the Ramayana. Sita will be telling her own version of the story.
This story will show you how Sita changed from a loyal wife who went to the forest with her husband to a mother who raised her sons alone. You will respect her even more after reading it.
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
People who are young like to play together, but there is something that separates them. Because Amir is a rich Pashtun boy, and Hassan is the son of his servant, there is a big difference in class between them. People who are mean to Amir often make fun of him for being friends with someone who works for the government. Hassan has always protected Amir from bullies.
At the local kite flying competition, Amir wins, and Hassan runs to catch the last cut kite that is left behind. However, Assef and his group get him. It starts with them beating him up. They then rape him. See all this but afraid to save Hassan, Amir doesn’t want to do anything In the years to come, he has the chance to make things right. But does he speak out against the crimes he sees this time around? You’re going to be moved by this book, which is about growing up, finding out about your family, and making long-term friends.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The book is best known for its sexy content, but that is exactly what makes it a good book to read. It makes you feel mixed emotions for the characters, and it makes you realize that there is no such thing as a good or bad person in the world.
Humbert Humbert is the pen name of a man who is writing about his life. When Humbert was a child, he fell in love with a girl named Annabel. However, she also dies soon after because of a sickness. As an adult, Humbert has a sexual preference for girls who are between the ages of 9 and 14. Humbert gets married to a woman with a 12-year-old daughter soon after his first marriage doesn’t work out. Yes, that’s what he wants to happen. There are some things that will surprise you, though. I can’t put it down.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
As an adult, you can read a book about a child’s world and see things in a whole new way. When Alice sees a white rabbit in a waistcoat, the story starts. Following it, she ends up in a rabbit hole.
There are things she meets and things she learns from. It all seems to be a metaphor for life when read as an adult. Finally, it’s good to keep your imagination alive and believe that we all have a little crazy in us.
Malgudi Days by R K Narayanan
I think this book would be great for any Indian child who wants to feel like they’re going back in time. The story is easy to read, but it also has a lot of Indian childhood in it. In this book, 32 short stories are all set in Malgudi, an imaginary town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
You don’t feel like any of the stories are made up. It talks about social issues that bothered the older generation and the issues that the younger generation feels the most connected to, which is why it’s important for people to read it. If you want to read more, you’ll have to keep coming back until you finish the book and even then, you’ll be wishing there was more to read.
Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
The story starts in a village called Mano Majra, which isn’t real. It’s on the border of India and Pakistan. However, the book talks about how the Partition caused a lot of damage. Muslims said that the Hindus planned and started the killing, and they said that the Hindus were to blame for it. They thought Muslims were to blame. They both died. Both were shot, stabbed, speared, and clubbed. Both of them were hurt. Both were raped.
As a result, you should read it because the language is easy to understand. It also makes for a good read because of its Indian setting.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The book is Arundhati Roy’s first and is known for its simple but powerful writing. Rahel and Esthappen are twins who were born in Kerala. The story moves back and forth between their childhood and adulthood as they grow up.
The book talks about the cultural issues that a typical Keralite society has to deal with, such as Communism, the caste system, and the Syrian Christian way of life, among other things. In the middle of it all, the mother of the twins is attracted to Velutha, a servant of the family who is from a lower class. For people who think caste isn’t important in the Indian context, this book is a wake-up call.
The Fountainhead By Ayn Rand
One of the best movies of 1943. In a single sentence, The Fountainhead is a story about whether to stay true to your ideals or follow the rules of the world. As soon as Howard Roark graduates from college, the story focuses on him. He gets kicked out of the Stanton Institute of Technology’s Architectural School for being rude.
The book starts by talking about how hard it was for Howard because his architectural ideas were thought to be radical and new. He was always pressured to design according to established architectural standards and styles. It makes the reader think about his or her own life choices and ideals because the story of the novel always challenges the idea of an independent thought. The book tells the story of this crazy architect and how he has to choose between being free and following the rules. This book gives its readers a good mix of introspection, inner conflict, individualism, and self-discovery through a simple story.