In summers, it’s difficult to step out of house. And mostly people like to stay in the home or go to the beach side and feel the cool gush of air against their skin.
Being a book lover, I can relate probably well with you. We don’t love to go to night clubs, overcrowded parties or a bunch of friends discussing something that has nothing to do with them. What we need?
Ah! probably a book , silence and our favourite beverage. Right?
But choosing a book worth read is hell of a task. There are bunch of books that some people love while some hate but above all we are “readers”. To ease the job for you, I’ve filtered the 20 books which you’ll not be able to put down. It’s a sure deal.
There are some books that I’ve read and some are on my list that I’m surly going to read this summer. So,let’s begin with the list.
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12 books to read this summer.
• To kill a mocking bird by Harper lee
Well, if you haven’t read it yet. Are you seriously calling yourself a book lover? Indeed a masterpiece of American literature. I am so deeply moved by this book- the way it is woven with the threads of innocence, cruelty, love, hatred, subtle humor and pathos. Pick it up today and don’t blame me if you get hooked with it.
My favourite quote from this book is ” You never really understand a person until you consider things from his poing of view….until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”
• The Kite runner by Khaled Hosseini
I’ve read this book recently. The way author has shown the colours of friendship along with the diverse culture of Afghanistan. One of the most popular and critic holder book. Absolute delight for readers.
It will leave you in tears so save yourself some tissues. Getting over it, is not so easy. It was the most criticised novel though.
• Becoming by Michelle Obama –
Whenever this name strikes in your head – all you can imagine is a fierce, independent woman. Most iconic and compelling woman of this era. And is it the need to say as a writer Michelle Obama has done an amazing job.
If you are looking for the most inspiring woman, just give it a read. I so loved this book that I am not a crier but did I spilled some tears. Well, yess.
“I was humbled and excited to be First Lady, but not for one second did I think I’d be sliding into some glamorous, easy role. Nobody who has the words ‘first’ and ‘black’ attached to them ever would. I stood at the foot of the mountain, knowing I’d need to climb my way into favor.” ~Michelle Obama
• Harry potter by JK Rowling
Any potterheads up here? I mean why not. One of the most amazingly written books. When I was a kid, we’ve this certain thing in our mind that whoever has read the harry potter series is probably the coolest kid in the school.
I’ve still not managed to finish the series but hopefully this summer I’ll be able to. And if you haven’t finished it. What are you waiting for?
Let’s finish it together.
• Tales of ordinary madness by Charles Bukowski
This book is like life. The short stories are not more than 5 pages but every story hits you hard. A mixture of wild and weird. Criticism is hillarious too. Yeah, I know but we are talking about Bukowski here.
“Somebody puts a book by Norman Mailer on me. Christians and Cannibals. God, he just writes on and on. There’s no force, no humor. I don’t understand it. Just a pushing out of the iword, any word, anything, is this what happens to the famous? Think how lucky we are“.
One of the few books that made me laugh out loud, with my heart while reality was still lirking beneath. I simply love him as he belonged to a world I don’t quite understand. And he hates people in such a way that confuses me. But all in all if you are a short story lover, you’ll love it. It’s the best travel companion.
• The essentials Rumi by Rumi translated by Coleman Barks.
This is the one book that I haven’t shared with anyone till now and never will I. A phenomenal book. If I could go back in time and do one thing I would like to get a glimpse of Rumi. Need to say I am one of the admirers. I have read this book numerous times and it ages like fine wine.
I don’t even and I can’t even review this book. It’s beyond everything. You will love it and it’s guaranteed.
“I am filled with you.
Skin, blood, bone, brain, and soul.
There’s no room for lack of trust, or trust.
Nothing in this existence but that existence. Rumi
• Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami
Definitely a page turner. Once you started it you’ll not be able to put it down or you can simply get bored with it no in between. My friend and I bought this book together and our opinions regarding this book is different.
He considers it as a boring book while I absolutely enjoyed it. There were some phrases which I have to read many times to get exactly what the author is actually trying to tell.
All in all a good book to this summer.
• The sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
A powerful poetry book. Must read book for sure. I love the way she defines everything like it just give you goosebumps and give you smile and tears. It’s a journey of emotions.
You need to keep a copy wherever you go, it just engulfs you in a blanket of words. Amazing book for poetry lovers.
• The Great Gatsby by F.scott Fitzgerald
An exquisitely crafted tale of America im 1920s. If you want a book that’s short, read it for sure. It charms you with the most versatile english prose ever. The greatest love story of all time. It is the greatest classics of 20th century.
Wanna game up your vocabulary. Pick it up today.
• Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Adichie’s debut novel is at heart a family drama, but also a look at race, politics, social unrest and religious fanaticism. The narrator is 15 years old, kambili. All in all, a thought provoking novel.
You will get absorbed in characters and trust me its difficult to put it down without completing Fell in love with this book.
She seemed so happy, so at peace, and I wondered how anybody around me could feel that way when liquid fire was raging inside me, when fear was mingling with hope and clutching itself around my ankles.
•Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Marquez settings are evocative and masterfully portrayed. This book will take you on a romantic journey with the sprinkle of pity, vengeance, jealousy and obsession. If you like your prose rich, then this book must be your pick.
“And how long do you think we can keep up this goddamn coming and going?” he asked.
Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven days and nights.
“Forever,” he said.
• All the bright places by Jennifer Niven
There are some books that make you think while some make you feel. Then there are books that make you both. I have read it few days back and Need to say, I loved this book.
It is a book revolving around mental illness and depression. You’ll find it quite relatable. You have to read this one for sure. If you are an emotional person. Be ready to spill some tears.
”I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. . I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping.”
PS – These are some of my picks for this summer to beat heat. Tell me which one you are going to read or have already read?
Although, I hate spoilers but if you want me to give spoilers too. Just ping me up. If anyone of you is interested in giving book reviews, just mail me. And the best one will get a shoot- out.
Enjoy your summers and happy reading.