There are books you deem interesting, then there are books you love and then there are books you just can’t get over. Here are five books that have driven me crazy with their sheer beauty of words and story and you absolutely need to read them. Whether you like them as much as I did or not…well that’s not my problem.
Pyar Ka Pehla Shehar by Mustansar Hussain Tarrar
It doesn’t say so on my passport but I’ve visited Paris. I went via sea and I strolled on Champs-Elysees, drank coffee on its road side cafes, stayed in a dingy hotel, drove around the city in a drunk guy’s car and fell in love. Pyar ka Pehla Shehar didn’t make me want to experience all that Sannan did, it took me there with him. As the title suggests, the book is in Urdu so those of you who don’t read Urdu literature or only read Farhat Ishtiaq or Umera Ahmed, you’re really missing out. It’s a classic love story without the mushy dialogues.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling
You know how an author reaches their prime and just can’t get any better than that? Considering how perfect the Harry Potter books were, most didn’t expect Rowling to maintain that standard in her next book. But she being her, managed to do so. Casual Vacancy evokes so many emotions with each page, each chapter. It’s slow in the beginning, as is Rowling’s style but it keeps the reader hooked as we get to know the numerous characters. It highlights both the effect of society on an individual and an individual’s effect on the society.
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
One of the reasons I enjoyed Undomestic Goddess was because it’s extremely relatable. For me at least. A friend (who also happened to be my boss at the time) recommended it to me saying that this book is all about me and she was so right. It’s also the perfect pick-me-up book that you can get your hands on; I read it at a time when I was super stressed and it successfully lifted my spirits. Of course it has glitches and many might find the end highly unrealistic but it’s a fun read.
I still don’t know how to work an oven though.
The Fox by D.H Lawrence
I read it for class and couldn’t condemn myself enough for not reading it earlier. It’s a novella so it’ll hardly take an hour to read the entire book but the characters are extremely complex and interesting and Lawrence’s engrossing style of writing makes them even more fascinating so I’m pretty sure you’ll read it more than once in one sitting. I did. You get to know March, Banford and Henry but at the same time you don’t. And then there is March’s fantasy of the Fox. Seriously just read it.
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
I honestly don’t know why not much is said about this book. It’s a hilarious read and you cannot help but love Lady Susan, her self-satisfaction and her manipulative skills. It’s written as a series of letters from several characters to each other. Yes, marriage is one of the major themes but the sarcasm, irony and humour of this book demands to be read.
P.S. In case you can’t get your hands on The Fox or Lady Susan, you can download it for free on Aldiko book app. I’ll be writing more about this app later.
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