“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
Picking the right book can be difficult, especially when you do not know what you might like. If you’re confused about where to start reading, here are some easy to read books from different genres which are sure to win your hearts:
1.The Harry Potter Book Series
By J.K Rowling (Queen)
No matter what your age is, if you haven’t read Harry Potter yet, stop whatever you’re doing and READ IT NOW! I remember when everyone used to hype about the movies while I hated the goofy guy in those nerdy spectacles but trust me, once you pick up the books, you won’t be able to put them down. The boy who lived has that effect. If you’re into fantasy, adventure, and a touch of everything else with a little bit (okay, a lot!) of magic, this is your book. Go grab the philosopher’s stone. Thank me later 😉
2. The Diary of a Young Girl
By Anne Frank
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. The innocent thoughts of this teen girl has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into over 67 languages.
3. The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho
This masterpiece by Paulo Coelho has sold more than two million copies worldwide and has established itself as a modern classic. It tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.
The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
4. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
By Lewis Caroll
Almost all of us know the story of the young girl named Alice who fell into a rabbit hole and entered into an unforgettable, chaotic world full of mystical characters called Wonderland. Through her journey, she meets several characters who become an important part of her life (The cheshire cat and the white rabbit) and also a few legendary enemies (like the Red Queen). This Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike. If you’ve liked the films, you’ll love the book.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
By Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a satirical realistic fiction comedy novel for children and teenagers written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. The book is about a boy named Greg Heffley and his struggles to fit in as he begins middle school.
In it’s debut book, it’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
6. Charlie and the chocolate factory
By Roald Dahl
Charlie Bucket’s wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka’s precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!
In the 1920s, England’s two largest chocolate companies- Cadbury and Rowntree’s often sent test chocolate packages to school children in exchange for their opinions on the products. Both companies were highly secretive about their chocolate making recipes and often sent spies to the factories of their opponents. This inspired Roald Dahl to write this story.
7. The Chronicles of Narnia
By CS Lewis
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.
8. The Jungle Book
By Rudyard Kipling
If you’ve seen the disney movies, you must read the books which inspired this tale. The Jungle Book is a collection of tales which tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves and Shere Khan, the biggest tiger in India. There is also Baloo- the sleepy brown bear, Bagheera- the cunning black panther, Kaa the python, and his other animal friends who teach their beloved “man-cub” the ways of the jungle. Mowgli must gain the strength and wisdom he needs for his frightful fight with Shere Khan, the tiger who robbed him of his human family.
By Roald Dahl
Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.
10. Enid Blyton Books
Be it Famous Five, Secret Seven, or any of the short stories (And other stories…), Enid Blyton books were a treat to me when i was a kid. There is absolutely no age limit to enjoy them. I highly recommend starting with any of the collection of short stories. They just simply flow. You won’t be disappointed.
Special mention to Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. If you’re big about the mystery genre, these books are your bible.