Are you one of those people who turn towards a book when they need to seek comfort? Are bookstores your happy place? Are you someone who wants to embellish their room with novels? And are you someone who loves to take book suggestions from anyone and everyone?
Well, you are not alone! We understand your love for books. Not only are they a great hobby but they also help you explore your imagination. Unlike movies and series, books allow you to picture every situation, every character, and this lets you add a hint of your imagination to every bit of the book.
For example, Jhumpa Lahiri wrote in The Lowland (novel), “He glimpsed a couple in middle age, newly married. A gray-haired groom with a carnation in his lapel, a woman in a pale blue jacket and skirt.” Now, the author might have had a tad different picture as compared to what you imagined while reading it. Although a few elements are given, the rest of their get-up and features are left to your imagination.
If you could understand and relate to every bit of the introduction, you must continue reading because we have some book recommendations you do not want to miss out on.
A Book of Simple Living by Ruskin Bond
This book by Ruskin Bond is purely a blissful read. It takes you on an imaginary tour to the hills of Mussoorie, and the author narrates his fascination towards the different shades and facets of nature. It will ignite the wanderlust in you, and build an undying urge to visit this spectacular hill, the author has spoken about throughout in the book. As he describes the spellbinding beauty of the earth, he also explains how one can find happiness in the simplest aspects of life.
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
If you love thriller novels, you must and must read this book, and if you are not interested in this genre, we will tell you why this book is one of the greatest literary masterpieces. It is a well-developed and well-plotted narrative between science and religion. If you are someone who is interested in Science Vs Religion debates, Angels & Demons will keep you hooked with suspenseful and intriguing plot twists.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Haruki Murakami is known for writing surreal novels, however, Norwegian Wood is his first realist work. It has a captivating storyline, real and flawed characters (you will fall in love with), and good music. In this book, the protagonist is helping his friend overcome depression, while he is coping with his own mental state as well. It explores different aspects of mental conditions with the help of intriguing characters such as Naomi, Reiko, etc. It will leave you feeling empathised towards each character, that’s exactly why this novel is simply beautiful.
The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A fresh take on the epic mythology, The Palace of Illusions not only projects a female perspective on Mahabharat but it also explores the heartbreaking life of Draupadi. Even though it unfolds the challenges faced by Draupadi, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has not portrayed her as a pitiable character, but as a powerful woman. To describe this book in short, you can call it a beautiful and logical fan fiction of Mahabharat.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The book is culturally rich with a beautiful picturisation of Afghanistan’s customs and traditions. It makes you realise that your past plays an important role in deciding who you are today because you change yourself based on every significant life event. The protagonist’s father leaves you with some life lessons you can never leave behind. For example, baba says, “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft…When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” Hence, The Kite Runner is a book each one of us should read.
We hope you found some interesting book recommendations from us, at Viviana Mall. You can visit our mall as we have not one, but two happy places for you, Crossword and Bargain Book Hut, here in Thane.