Hey you beautiful people!
I have lately been away from writing blogs and been writing poetry instead for a couple months and I am loving it.
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Without any further ado, let me just list out the top 25 books out of around 120 that I have read this year & I want everyone in the world to read as well.
Here we go:
1. Everybody loves a good drought by P. Sainath
It’s a non fiction, the book is a collection of true, heart wrenching stories from the poorest districts of India by P. Sainath, a journalist.
The book has won more than 13 medals. And it’s probably the single most book that has shaken my entire belief system, the base on which I have so proudly been living my life hitherto, it’s a book that no matter who you are, must be read.
2. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
God doesn’t exist, it’s not what I and Richard believe but it’s a truth, read the book for some mind blowing figures and logics if you are up for some learning.
3. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
It’s the debut book by an African American lady who has won Nobel Prize for literature. Need I say more?
After reading this book, I hugged it and cried like I had never before. Again if you are up for learning a new perspective towards the same world, grab it, also it’s Obama’s favourite book as well.
4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Okay, so listen carefully, it’s a banned book about a dystopian world where books are banned.
Book lovers, you just can’t afford to miss this tiny but extremely powerful American Classic.
5. Why we sleep by Matthew Walker
Did you know, our brains repair themselves while we are sleeping and sleep is the single most antidote to every disease and stress in your life?
You don’t know anything about your body then. Go grab it and read it. Remains to be one of my best non fiction reads this year.
6. Educated by Tara Westover
“What fresh hell is this!”, was my reaction after reading this beautiful memoir of a girl born to a family whose baseless belief system and lack of education led her and her entire family to suffer and yet not change.
Tara’s story is a story like no other, the fact that it’s real and the fact that the story teller was nominated for an award this year and the fact that it’s one of my favourite memoirs so far must be enough number of facts for you to go pick it up and read.
7. Notes on a nervous planet by Matt Haig
A book that I want every person here who wants to understand mental health, to read.
This is your go to book. Matt Haig was almost going to kill himself in Spain 10 years ago because of his Anxiety Disorder. It’s a beautiful book for those who have mental illnesses and is also a guide to how to live a life in a world that’s suffering from information overload.
8. The Secret life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Fiction lovers can’t miss this beautiful story of a little girl whose father is abusive, mom is dead and runs away from home to find a home away from home. Again this is going to change you in so many ways. Beware. It’s a beautiful story in a beautiful world we live in.
9. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
“We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.”
It’s one of my most favorite books out of around 211 that I have read so far.
What hell of a story!
10. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
Elif Shafak is a Turkish author who beautifully writes about emotions.
In this book the protagonist reviews a book which talks about Rumi and The Shams of Tabriz and their relation. The protagonist falls in love with the author whose book she is reviewing in this book.
Okay, haven’t I confused you enough. Go pick it up and read. It’s a beautifully woven story to say the least.
11. Text, don’t call by Aaron Caycedo Kimura
I am an introvert, and the most beautiful people I have met in my life are all introverts too. And yet we introverts end up feeling like we aren’t good enough because of the extremely high face value extroverts carry.
This book was so beautiful, I couldn’t resist taking a million pictures of the pages and sending it to my favourite people in the world. Please do yourself a favor and go read it.
12. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Haven’t people talked about this author and this book enough?
And yet I am going to ask you to read it for no other reason than the fact that Khaled Hosseini writes about the pain people of Afghanistan have gone through and are still going through in the most beautiful way, can’t help but make your heart wrench. I love his books. Period.
13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
It’s my favourite book of all times. Jane Eyre is my Bible. It’s a classic by a British woman author. Those who have even a little idea of books, they will know why this book is my Bible!
14. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
A Pulitzer prize winner of 1983, this book is so painful in putting life of Black Women on the table, a little girl raped by her father, her children snatched and sold, later forced married to an old man.
I still remember, I picked this book up in a second hand book market in Bangalore and it came with a message that was written by a father for his son. One of the books that made me cry like a pig at it’s first page itself.
15. My family and other animals by Gerald Durell
Those who know me must know that Sun, Stars, Clouds and animals are whom I call my family. This is a wonderful must read classic for anyone who has affection for beautiful voiceless animals.
16. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Murakami is hands down one of the most beautiful fiction authors in the world. Pick any book by him and you will be equally blown!
This book is set in Tokyo, Japan and revolves around story of Toru and Naoko whose mutual friend had died before the story starts. Naoko goes and stays in a rehab for the sake of her mental health after she had seen death & pain of some close people in her life. The story is narrated by Toru, a boy with whom almost all of us can identify with. It’s a beautiful story containing elements of love, sex, teenagers, LGBTQ, mental health, friendship etc all woven together like a beautiful garland.
17. Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Again one of the best non fiction reads this year, it will change you in ways you would have never thought possible. It’s a mind blowing book that tells you about factors that play important role in making people who are Outliers like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Ronaldo, Marley etc. possible.
18. Matilda by Roald Dahl
All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.
Roald Dahl is a wonderful children’s classics author and has written hundreds of books that are read and devoured every day. But why I love Matilda more than anything else is because she’s an extra ordinary girl who loves reading but is bullied and ignored by her own family.
As I am writing these lines, my heart is aching because I haven’t felt closer to a literary character than Matilda.
I love this book because it’s not just Matilda’s story but mine as well.
19. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
Interestingly, it’s a book that revolves around mental health in a manner so beautiful and simple for everyone to understand and feel what it feels like to be lonely in a world full of people.
Again it’s by a British Woman Author. Yeah, I can’t get enough of them. Bear with me you beautiful people. 🤗
20. The White Tiger by Arvind Adiga
Come to think of it, my most favorite books by Indian authors are by two journalists, interesting isn’t it!
The white tiger is an award winning book set in Bangalore, Delhi and partly in Jharkhand. It’s a story of an average Indian worker and corruption and innocence and how one leads to the other.
A must read whatsoever.
21. Wonder by R. J. Palaccio
Putting it as it is, it’s a story of a little boy who looks ugly and is treated with disgust wherever he goes.
That boy or girl who sits at the back bench, looks like they don’t take bath or bother to wash their hair very often?
You and I treat them with disgust. This story will change that for you.
It will change perspectives and give new perspectives. It’s a beautiful book that deserves to be read by everyone no matter what.
And while we are at it, do not forget to also read The Julian Chapter which is the same story from the antagonist’s perspective. Oh boy, what beauty it is to read books.
22. The book thief by Markus Zusak
It’s set in the times of Holocaust, told from a German’s perspective and is a story of a little foster child and everything that it encompasses.
One word. Beautiful.
23. Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh
2019 was also the year I fell in love with Budhhism and Mindfulness and Zen. Who better to read than the Korean Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh when it comes to Mindfulness.
24. Crushing it by Gary Vaynerchuk
Social media lovers?
This book is a must read. I am a person who looks at social media the way I look at a college or a book. It has changed my life like nothing else has ever. Gary Vaynerchuk is God when it comes to using social media to your advantage, create business, earn and grow.
A must read again.
25. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
I don’t want to spoil the sanctity of this book by uttering so many words about it. I have great respect both for the book and it’s author. It’s a tiny 100 pages story that will throw you off edge, show you what humans are for real and the truth of relationships, give and take nature of it.
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Comment down and tell me about your bookish journey this year and your favourite books.
Also, I could read so many books because it’s what I do all day and night, comparing and feeling bad won’t be fair here. So please remember as long as you are reading, the speed and number seldom matters.
Strength and Love 💙