Ten books to read this summer
Holidays are here again, and so is our list of books. We have compiled a list of 10 books which will make you fall in love with your life. From motivational to fantasy, fiction to reality, biography to history – our list contains them all. Read and enjoy your summer break.
1. The Google Story
by David A. Vise
Who wouldn’t want to read about a company which has revolutionised the way people use Internet. Two Stanford students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page in their hunt for a good search engine landed up building Google. It is a story of these two ‘reluctant entrepreneurs’ whose passion, determination and imagination saw them build the world’s best-known tech giant. For all those who dream of becoming entrepreneurs, this is a must read.
2. 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 revolutionised 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.
3. The Discovery of India
by Jawaharlal Nehru
Written by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his prison days at Ahmednagar fort in Maharashtra (1942–46), The Discovery of India is a must read for anyone interested in knowing about the history, philosophy and rich cultural heritage of India. It is considered to be one of the finest modern works on Indian history.
4. The Power of Positive Thinking
by Norman Vincent Peale
We all know how important it is to surround ourselves with positive people and thoughts. The book describes the power of positive thinking and how our firm belief in something helps us in achieving it. It is a must read for those who consider themselves inferior to others or have lost faith in themselves. Originally published in 1952, the book has sold over millions of copies so far.
5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey
First published in 1989, this self-help book has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. Its audio version too has sold more than one million copies. As the name suggests, the book talks about seven habits that define the character of effective people. The difference between success and failure is the attitude of a person. The book helps a reader understand that it’s only you who can change the course of your life.
6. I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Malala Yousafzai needs no introduction. The young girl from Pakistan, who stood against Taliban and fought for her right to education, was shot in the head at point-blank range when she was only 15. Her miraculous recovery left everyone surprised. The book is her journey from Pakistan to the United Nations and how her courage made her the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a global symbol of peaceful protest.
7. Stephen Hawking: A Biography
by Kristine Larsen
Perhaps the most inspiring person of our times, Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the leading theoretical physicists in the world. While his work in the field of cosmology has revolutionised the field, his best-selling work A Brief History of Time has helped in popularising science among people. Stephen Hawking: A Biography talks about his education, career, discoveries and also his disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) that has rendered him immobile and speechless.
8. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
by Milan Kundera
It consists of seven distinct narratives united by some common themes which bring out different aspects of human existence. Published in France in 1979, the book is popular for its stories and characters, and brought its writer Milan Kundera his first big international success.
9. The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
One of the most-translated books in the world, The Little Prince was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. It is a poetic tale of a young prince who leaves his own planet to travel the universe, and lands up on Earth. His encounters on Earth help him understand the vagaries of adult behaviour. The book, though first published in 1943, remains one of the best-selling books in the world.
10. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
by Lewis Carroll
The book (first published in 1871) is the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). In this, Alice enters an alternative world when she dream walks through the looking-glass of her drawing-room. One peculiar thing about this world is that most things in looking-glass house are exactly reversed. For all those who believe in fantasies, this is a nice read.