A book is said to be filled with knowledge, and reading is not just a hobby but therapy. I never knew I could read books other than the school and college syllabus ones until I read one. I used to watch my friends reading lots and lots of novels and storybooks, but that never fascinated me as such. Last summer, when I was worried about college and admission, I always used to be cranky and irritated. So, one such day, while a conversation with my best friend, she told me I should try reading a book to distract myself a little bit. I agreed. She gave me a book she had World’s best boyfriend by Durjoy Datta. I am not a romance novel person, but I read it because I loved the process of picturing the scene in my mind while reading. Moreover, there should be sometime in our life when we isolate ourselves from our daily life, problems, and just be quiet. So, here are a few books I would recommend for people like me, the beginners, and people who want to start reading but are not habitual of reading long and complicated text.

  •  To begin with, if you are a potter head or a normal harry potter fan, you should definitely read the harry potter series, which comprises of 7 books. The amazing writing and interesting plot can make you fall in love with reading forever.
  • Books by Ruskin Bond will be next in the list. I read a few of them named: Secret, The night train at Deoli, Funny Side Up, and the Blue Umbrella.
  • If you are someone who likes light-hearted, romantics so here’s romance novels for you. I’ll suggest the ones I have read and those are as follows: Your Dreams are Mine Now by Ravinder Singh, Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat, Revolution 2020 by Chetan Bhagat, World’s best boyfriend by Durjoy Datta. 
  • If you are looking for a profound perspective to life or a self-help book then The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life (I haven’t read it yet. I have heard a lot about it and I want to read it), The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. 
  • And last but not least is a book worth all the appreciation it got, a book so close to my heart and everyone should read is The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni which is a  rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi’s (Panchaali’s) viewpoint.

These are some of the books I read and loved the way they are written. Reading indeed is not a hobby for me anymore but is a habit. I just began to read and have a long way to go and I dream of owning a big, fancy library one day. Till then read as much as you can because reading can help you in ways beyond our understanding.