reading is for the mind + soul


 

pride & prejudice

by Jane Austen

Genre: Classical romance novel
Why it’s a great book:
I don’t do romantic novels… except if it’s Austen. If you’re looking to get into classical literature, aka difficult-to-understand but beautifully written books in old English, you should start with this. Austen has a way with words and descriptive narration that you just don’t see anymore. If Shakespeare ruined your idea of classical literature, fear not because Austen will rescue you. It’s a beautiful novel and luckily for us it comes with a beautiful movie too. Visuals!

sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

Genre: Non-fiction
Why it’s a great book:
The book goes back to the start of human evolution and covers everything in-between up to today’s age; everything in history that explains us. The author delivered such thoughtful and vast amount of invaluable knowledge in digestible and easy-to-understand writing. There’s really nothing like it. It will teach you so much about everything that’s worth knowing of your own history. Also look at the people who recommend this book: Bill Gates? Obama? Seriously.

adultery

by Paulo Coelho

Genre: Literary fiction
Why it’s a great book:
It’s not about romance. Coelho, the famed author of The Alchemist, does an excellent job exploring a person’s morality conflict. As the title suggests, the story is about human flaw and adultery; something so greatly frowned upon but so deeply human. I just adore this book, the prose is beautiful and the tone is relatable beyond anything I’ve ever read before. I lost my first copy and I repurchased it. That’s how much I like it.

 

before i go to sleep

by S. J. Watson

Genre: Thriller & suspense novel
Why it’s a great book:
You think you know how the story ends. You think you’ve figured out what the book is about. You don’t. It’s a well-written psychological thriller novel that takes you on an emotional roller coaster. The plot is fascinating and so real that it’s just scary, you won’t be able to put it down. Bonus: there’s a movie of it released in 2014 starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Colin freakin Firth.

why men love bitches

by Sherri Argov

Genre: Self help
Why it’s a great book:
Every time I tell someone this is a great book, they all keep thinking I’m being sarcastic —I’m not. This book is great for every 20-something year old girls, who are trying to find their footing and personality in professional/personal relationships. The title is deceiving and makes the book sound shallow. But the ‘bitch’ she’s referring to is that girl who knows what she wants and does everything according to herself. Be that bitch.

and then there were none

by Agatha Christie

Genre: Mystery, crime & psychological thriller novel
Why it’s a great book:
Dubbed as the Queen of Suspense, Agatha Christie is one of the best mystery authors of all time. I’ve read 4-5 Agatha Christie books and while they all deliver as promised, this one is my favorite thus far. The story is gripping throughout and that ending will make you claw your eyes out. You’ll find yourself flipping through the last few pages, not believing that is the end. But it is. It’s genius writing.