Eight books to read this season

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It is holiday season and time to fall in love with books. If you are confused about what to read and what not or you are still discovering the joys of reading, we recommend the following books:

1) Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson – The man who built Apple needs no introduction among today’s tech-savvy students. His journey from a college dropout to a man credited to have revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing, is indeed intriguing. One reason we strongly recommend this book is because his story will continue to inspire you throughout your life.

2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Considered the best work of Jane Austen, the book continues to fascinate its readers despite being two centuries old. It is a story of Mr and Mrs Bennet’s five unmarried daughters, and how their lives change after two rich gentlemen move into their neighbourhood. Praised for the powerful portrayal of its female lead character, Elizabeth Bennet, the book follows her as she overcomes her prejudice against male protagonist, Mr Darcy and gradually falls for him.

3) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner – The book is ranked among the best novels of 20th-century literature. It is a story of the death of Addie Bundren and how her family overcomes all hurdles to honour her wish to be buried in her hometown Mississippi. The book is narrated by 15 different characters including the dead Bundren over 59 chapters.

4) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Dickens is known for his powerful projection of wealth and poverty, and love and rejection. This book is no different. The story revolves around an orphaned boy, nicknamed Pip, who despite the hardships continues to dream of a beautiful life. This is one of the best works of the author.

5) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Set against a devastating backdrop of Afghanistan over the last three decades, the book is an unforgettable, heartbreaking story of friendship and betrayal between a wealthy boy Amir and the son of their family servant, Hassan. This beautifully crafted novel is a highly recommended read.

6) Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho – It is a collection of tales, opinions and ideas drawn from Brazilian author’s articles published in various newspapers. Coelho is popular for inspiring people to see beyond the ordinary.

7) To Sir, With Love by E. R. Braithwaite – Set in the East End of London, post-World War II, the book presents a beautiful story about the relationship between a teacher and his students. This autobiographical novel talks about the ups and downs in Braithwaite’s life, his interactions with his class and their transformation from rowdy teenagers to young responsible adults.

8) After (series) by Anna Todd – If you are looking for a light reading, Todd’s After series may be right for you. It is one of the Internet’s most talked-about books, and has so far racked up 1 billion reads online. The series which deals with Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair has captivated romance readers across the globe.

The Peeper Times would like to thank Ritu Rishi, Sr Librarian, New Era Public School, for her contribution to the article. 

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