We all love a good read once in a while. Nowadays, reading does not only involve actually holding the book in your hands. Technology has advanced and reached into the depths of book pages and turned reading into an electronic activity. E-readers and reading tablets are abundant in every shape, platform and price range. You only need a shelf to lay your e-reader that holds hundreds of books versus several bookcases to hold your home library. Whether you own an e-reader or still prefer the crisp smell of book paper and the sound of every page turned, here are the top 10 books to read.
Wondering why a children’s classic is in the list? Well, read it. It is simple, concise, rhyming. You can even sing it. What does it really tell you? Think about it. There are things you have not discovered and not because you do not know what it is, you turn your back to it. Dr. Seuss simply tells us to be accepting, forgiving and just give things a try before you give up on it.
If sales are any indication, Inferno is at the top of the list of best reads. Inferno is Dan Brown’s latest contribution to the literary world. This book raced to the top of all bestseller lists and still awaiting accolades. It is primarily based on clues that are laced in Dante’s poem about hell, which is Inferno.
Somehow the name Nicholas Sparks just seems to sell itself. It’s true, though. Grab any Sparks book and you know you’ll need a box of tissues to go along with it. Message in a Bottle is one of his best works. It captures finding love after grief, and to those who have any inclination how that feels, it’s a step nobody really wants to take after somebody you have loved dies. Somehow Nicholas Sparks makes it beautiful and romantic – the story of Garret and Theresa. The wonderful message in a bottle that was written by Garret and discovered ashore in Cape Cod by Theresa. Note to the reader: keep the tissues handy.
This is a sensuously poignant love story about a lonely housewife and a freelance photographer and how their four-day love affair changes their lives forever even though they never meet again. Waller has crafted the two main characters marvelously and throughout the book, readers feel strong empathy towards both Robert and Francesca. In the end, you are left with mixed emotions and somehow a feel-good notion about love that wasn’t meant to be but meant something.
A lot of hoopla was made about these books and what it’s about, but really, it is fiction. Fifty Shades is a trilogy where Fifty Shades of Grey is the first story, the most popular of all three. It is a wonderfully-crafted erotic/romance novel about Anastasia who is fresh out of college and a young, powerful businessman, Christian. The trilogy chronicles their relationship and is noted for explicit scenes of sexual practices on lines of BDSM. The other books in the trilogy are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
When you read this book, which holds short essays from the author, you will realize that what you just read, is true – these life concepts were learned in Kindergarten. Let’s give it a try: “Share everything.” “Flush.” “Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.” “When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.” Enough said.
It is the usual story about a girl gone missing which will leave you with unusual feelings about the ending. The “Girl” is Amy and she is married to Nick, she disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Naturally, all fingers point to Nick, but who really knows? The book leaves you on the edge with suspense, the way Flynn wrote every twist when you thought you had it figured out, and the way she ended the story.
This is probably the best dystopian book about the not-so-beautiful side of utopia. Everyone is labeled something by the community, in a good way and an elder member has to pass all the information to a 12-year-old, who must now be the “Receiver of Memories”. It has received numerous literary nods, and needless to say, Hollywood has already turned it into a movie which is set for some time August this year. There is enough time to enjoy the novel before you succumb to the movie.
We live, learn and love. Then we die. And die again and again. At least that is the case for the book’s heroine, Ursula Todd. In the book, Ursula lives her life, dies. As if in a parallel universe, here she is again, alive, in a different place and time. But she dies, again. Atkinson yet presents another parallel existence of Ursula’s life. It is almost like reading a very grown-up version of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books. You get to go back and change your choices once you’ve lived this adventure. In a sense, the book illustrates life. The plot is a cycle. Ursula lives and dies. Yet here she is again, not in Germany but in England. How does it end? That is why this book is in the Top 10!
His books have been made famous by the HBO series “Game of Thrones”, which is actually the first installment in the epic series. There are currently five books in the series and a couple more are on the drawing board. This is a very interesting read, the kind of book you need to keep reading until you find out what happens next. Martin writes his characters clearly and after reading about them in the first book, you feel connections to certain characters and subjectively dislike certain ones. A Song of Fire and Ice is a real page-turner, where every book is a cliffhanger. A lot of people are anticipating the release of the sixth book sometime this year.