You can’t call ourselves book reader if you haven’t read through one of the classics of Garcia talking about Latin America’s circle of life in One Hundred Year of Solitude or of unrequited love in ‘Love in Times of Cholera’. In current reading circles you can’t be an avid reader if you haven’t got a Murkami or Kundera up your sleeve for discussions with the intellectual beings. Reading these books by extension apparently makes you a intellectual, sophisticated, suave and what not. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying these books a don’t deserve the place they have in history. They definitely are classics providing insights to human psyche and are timeless.
However as aptly voiced by Naseeruddin Shah in the famous movie we all know by heart ‘Ye to dusro k lie.. Apno k lie kya karte ho'( This is for others, what do you do for yourself).
I am just saying there are some books which even though may not yet be part of classics, they are something will help you through a bad week, dismay caused by incessant traffic jams( or in present scenario lock downs) and will just be with you for a very long time. So here is the list of the guaranteed page turners. Pick your genre and run with it. We promise you will not be disappointed.
1)A Man called Ove – Fredrik Backman:
The book tells a story about a grumpy yet lovable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. According to promotional blurb on U.S. edition cover jacket the book is described as
“Ove is a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell. However, behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heart-warming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.”
2) Night film – Marisha pessl
This Mystery thriller by Marisha Passel was a finalist 2013 Shirley Jackson Award and was ranked sixth on The New York Times Bestseller’s list in September 2013. There were many interactive elements in the novel where it uses screenshots of author-created web page and involves an app called “Night Film Decoder” that is used to scan particular images used throughout the text to unlock additional text, PDF, video, and audio files which augment the text.
3) Neverwhere- Neil Gaiman
Released as a Companion novel of the television series of the same name. Along with the creator of the TV series William Gibson was also the Author of this Urban fantasy novel.
The book tells a story of Richard Mayhew and his trials and tribulations in London. At the start of the story, he is a young businessman, recently moved from Scotland and with a normal life ahead. This breaks, however, when he stops to help a mysterious young girl who appears before him, bleeding and weakened, as he walks with his fiancée to dinner to meet her influential boss.
According to the Huffington Post “Neil Gaiman is undoubtedly one of the modern masters of fantasy writing…. For those who have not read Neverwhere, the new edition is the one to read, and is a fitting introduction to Gaiman’s adult fiction…. American readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along.”
4)Three Body Problem – Liu Cixin
Written by Chinese writer Liu Cixin the tittle of the book refers to three-body problem in orbital mechanics. The title refers to the three-body problem in orbital mechanics. It is the first novel of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, but Chinese readers generally refer to the whole series as The Three-Body Problem. The second and third novels in the trilogy are The Dark Forest and Death’s End.
The English translation by Ken Liu was published by Tor Books in 2014. Which made it the first Asian novel ever to win a Hugo Award for Best Novel, and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel.
5)The Kind worth killing – Peter Swanson
A devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder. Fans of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train will love this modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train from the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—which the Washington Post said “should be a contender for crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014.”
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he is the rich businessman, she is the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.
But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .
Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.
Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive. With a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
By – Kanwaldeep Singh Thakur.
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