Start your year by instilling reading habits with these 3 books
Books are a great way to start a New Year. We all have to agree. A new book means a new story to discover and to hope for. With Omicron, a new variant of COVID-19 wreaking havoc around the world, we may still have to lock ourselves in our homes. Who knows how long this will last. So this time, instead of fixing our eyes on screens and gorging on web series, let’s instill the habit of reading and clinging to unforgettable stories beautifully written in these books.
Elif Shafak’s Forty Rules of Love
The writer has taken a unique approach to storytelling throughout this novel. He runs two parallel stories, both of which are strangely intertwined. One story is contemporary, which tells about the unhappy married life of the protagonist, Ella, who works for a literary agency and is currently invited to review a book called “Sweet Blasphemy” by Aziz Zahara. Sweet Blasphemy is the second story of the novel. The book tells the story of a wandering dervish Shams of Tabriz, a Sufi mystic. It walks you through the 40 Rules of Love and presents you with love from a whole new perspective. The Forty Rules of Love is a truly captivating novel that will have you sit down with a pencil and mark the beautiful lines of the book. The lines of the books will not only hit you hard, but will stay with you forever.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Known as a literary masterpiece, the story will fill your heart with thrills and turn the pages. The book is based on the real life of the author himself, who was an armed robber and heroin addict who escaped from an Australian prison to the slums of Bombay, India. The story unfolds 8 years of the author’s life in Bombay. The story is that of the grain. He teaches you about life. It gives you a taste of every important aspect of life in its truest form, be it love, happiness, friendship, pain, laughter or regret. The author wrote the book three times after the prison guards threw away the first two copies.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A piece of classic, Pride and Prejudice takes you through the life of the Bennet sisters in Victorian times. In particular, it takes you through the life of Elizabeth Bennet and her journey to unexpectedly fall in love with Mr. Darcy. Although classic, Jane Austen’s handwriting is still fresh, which makes the book easy to read. If you want to read something light and are a fan of romance, love, wit and humor, Pride and Prejudice is the perfect book to get your hands on.
While you can pick any other book you want and start reading, these books are a recommendation that ensures you’ll keep turning the pages to learn more. Other great reads include Wuthering Heights, Things Fall Apart, The Alchiemist, Forest of Enchantments, Palace of Illusions, and more.