5 books that I have loved so far..

Reading is an escape. Reading is pure bliss. It is one of the rarest hobbies, which has something for just about everyone! As Charles W Elliot rightly said, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
So, below are the five books that I have enjoyed so far..

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead has equal number of readers who passionately love and hate it.  I was surprised to find quite a few in-depth negative reviews of the book. But I believe the book won’t appeal to everyone because Rand has not taken a middle ground. She focuses on extremes – black and white - instead of talking about grey shades. She has taken a stand and sticks to the philosophy that she believes in rather than trying to please everyone and taking a safer route. There are flaws and then there amazing revelations and insights. I chose to focus on the later. Maybe that’s why I loved the book.  Read my full review here


Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram is fictionalized account of the writer, Gregory David Roberts’ real life. It deals with his stint in Mumbai after he escaped from an Australian prison. The 900 + pages long book is filled with stories of him living in a Mumbai slum, learning local languages, running a health clinic, falling in love, engaging in illegal activities, loss of loved ones and finally deciding to live a clean life and start afresh. In other words the book offers intense pleasure and an adventure ride. If not for anything, then read it just for the beautifully written lines. It is filled with wonderful quotes like ‘sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears’, ‘The truth is a bully we all pretend to like’, ‘Sometimes even with the purest intentions, we make things worse when we do our best to make things better’, which will make you think and wonder.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room is a heartbreaking (without being soppy) survival story of a mother (Ma) and son (Jack), trapped in an eleven feet by eleven feet room. Old Nick abducts and keeps Ma captive. In her confinement she gives birth to Jack and which is why for the five year old, the 11 by 11 Room is his reality, his REAL world. Jack, (unaware of any existing thing/being out of the Room), is the narrator of the book, and you would see his life from his eyes. His account will surely surprise & amuse you, besides making you feel sorry for him. I wish I could reveal more about the story but it would take away the fun of reading it yourself. All I can say that it is very smartly written and Emma Donoghue’s unique approach towards storytelling, eye-for-detail and artistic mindset will enthrall you. 

The Outsider By Albert Camus

The book explores or highlights the concept of existentialism. 

It is a story about a man, Meursault. A man who is brutally honest in every possible way - not just in his words but also in his feelings. One who refuses to pretend or behave the way society thinks it is the 'right' way.  Later when he commits a murder and goes to trial, we get to see how the opinions of the attorney, jury and all present in the court is colored because his behavior baffles them and they can't relate to him. Its a story about a man who is tried, sentenced and punished not just for his crime (murder) but for his attitude towards life in general.

Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon 

According to me this is the best book written by Sidney Sheldon. His books are simple, easy-to read. In short, it is meant for the masses, teenagers and college going crowd. I read Tell me your dreams during my early teens and thoroughly enjoyed it.

With serial killings in the background, the book explores the subject of Multiple Personality Disorder. It is this book that introduced me to the concept of MPD and got me interested. It is gripping, thrilling and entertaining. Read it before you grow too big to enjoy these books and become a literary snob. :D


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