All you reading buffs out there, check out my list of fifteen books, that are a must read before you turn 25!
1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The first on the list is a world full of magic (literal and metaphorical). It is an intriguing series by Rowling, which has also been turned into one of the best cinematic experience of our times. This one promises you to fall in love with the wizarding world of Potter, who along with his friends, will take you on their journey at Hogwarts, the place where they learn the difference between yin-yang. Yes! the good and the evil.
2. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
A Booker Prize winner is a must read before you turn 25! This impeccable piece of writing by one of the greatest writers of all times, deals with the transition of India from British Colonialism to Independence. The story is narrated in context of the protagonist Saleem, who was born precisely at midnight on 15th August, 1947 and hence, was gifted with telepathic powers. This one is a rich chocolate ganache of text, one you will want to re-read again and again…
3. The Bell Jar By Slyvia Plath
The only book by the ‘Poetic Queen’ from the world of literature, is set in the 50’s. The bell jar is a story of a young woman, who wins a scholarship to work with a prestigious New York magazine, where despite her lavish lifestyle, she sinks into depression. The story throws light on the history of medical treatments in America, especially for women.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A classic which teaches every girl a lesson that, ‘first impression is not always right’. *wink*
5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The theme of the books is the struggle of the individual, creative and free mind against the ones who always think about what other people think. You should read this book in your 20’s and then again in your 30’s and each time, it will teach you a different lesson and put forth a different prospective on life.
6. The Diary Of A Social Butterfly by Moni Mohsin
An entertaining journal of a socialite in Lahore will make you laugh like crazy. Get your humor pants on and enjoy the treat…!
7. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
One of the best by the American writer! Is a story of Jennifer Parker’s tryst with destiny. She is a young lawyer who is loved by two men, one politician, the other, a don.
8. The Story Of My Experiments With Truth by M.K. Gandhi
An autobiography, which is a great learning source about the land of cultures, through the eyes of an incredible man.
9. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
An introduction to the ‘ Rooster coop’ trap of life, the white tiger is a dark humored tale of a rickshaw puller who writes a letter to the Chinese Premier, describing the series of events that turned him into an entrepreneur. The events told are dark, corrupt and immoral but have been presented with a comic poke at the excesses of the rich and the circumstances of the poor.
10. Memoirs Of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
A fictional tale of a Geisha, the high-class counterpart of a Japanese prostitute, her training, her encounter with vicious archenemy and her long struggle to win her great love ‘The Chairman’.
11. Lolita by Vladamir Nobokov
A humorous novel about the forbidden love between a man and an attractive young nymphet that teaches us understanding, sacrifice, forgiveness and other important traits that are forgotten by many.
12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This book is a lesson to the young people, it teaches them to access their capabilities and understand that our past cannot be changed so, it is better to let it go.
13. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
A thrilling, gripping and emotional story of a kite runner Hassan and his friend Amir (Son of a rich merchant from Kabul), this book promises to move you in a way that many will fail to. The novel is about complex relationships and how they overlap and connect to make us the people we are.
14. Wings On Fire by APJ Abdul Kalam
An autobiography of the former President of India, is a source of inspiration for many.
15. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
A self help book written by an Australian television writer and producer. The book is based on the law of attraction and positive thinking that can create life changing events like happiness, health, money and love.
Happy Reading guys!