14 Books You Should Pick Up If You've Just Started Reading

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Firstly, congratulations on finally opening doors to a whole new world. Brace yourself, for you're soon going to live newer, more exciting experiences, right from the comfort of your cosy bed. And, in course of time, you'll come to learn how beautifully, these experiences will enrich your life, and deepen and refine your pattern of thought.

I'm really happy for you...that you have decided to take the plunge. But, I also understand that the journey from 'non-reader' to 'reader' can be as confusing as it is exhilarating. Worry not, here's a list of books to help you start slow and slowly get hooked:

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

If English is not your first language and you've just started reading books to improve at the language, you'll definitely want to pick up super-easy reads and slowly graduate to reading more complex ones. This book is a perfect beginner's read revolving around a single theme - that of love, not the romantic kind, but agape love. I'm sure that by the end of this, you should be confident enough for level 2 - books having more themes and a slightly more elaborate plot with some twists.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

This one will make you forget to eat, drink or sleep. At least that's what everyone around me did - finish the book in one, couple-of-hours-long sitting! What makes the first-in-the-series book even more eligible as a beginner's read, is the combination of it being light and at the same time, equally engaging.

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Chicken Soup For The Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen

These books do more than one thing at the same time - inspire you, quite obviously, since they're collated and edited by two of America's most-loved inspirational speakers, and, keep you hooked with relatable and touching stories of people, without actually being long and draggy.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A story that looks at racism from the eyes of two children, Harper Lee's first of the two novels she ever wrote, will make you fall in love with the extremely realistic and relatable characters. Older brothers and their younger sisters will be exclaiming 'that's us' to every interaction between Jem and Scout Finch, while Atticus will earn your love and respect. Even if you're not someone who's intrigued by history, the well-depicted backdrop of the Great Depression will make you want to dig deeper.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

You'd assume that a simple story about barnyard animals who rebelled against their masters is not one for the 'adult' in you. But, Animal Farm is so much more than that - the satirical piece touches upon themes like tyranny and totalitarianism. It's also the kind of book that'll leave you thinking for days, about how we humans think and function; through the course of this book, something about the way you think, will have changed too.

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Screw It, Let's Do It by Richard Branson

If you never touched books until today because you thought the world of fiction was not for you, you'll enjoy this one. Through this book, the global leader, Richard Branson, shares his life experiences that instilled an entrepreneurial attitude in him, and made him the man he is today. And no, this is not a book full of business terms and jargons.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Are you a lover of all things creepy? Then this one will surely have you turning pages, bewitched in curiosity! This is the perfect book to introduce you Gothic literature and science fiction. There's a reason why Frankenstein is included in the syllabi of most English Literature courses.

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Tell Me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon

A newbie definitely needs a book that's captivating and keeps one hooked. Understandably, one of the biggest challenges for a beginner is to not put away the book they've picked to read, without finishing it. Short, mystery stories will do exactly that, and that's why I picked a Sydney Sheldon. Tell Me Your Dreams is, like almost every Sydney Sheldon book, gripping and full of twists, and that's what makes it unputdownable.

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The Book Of Woman by Osho

This book will awaken the philosopher in you. But hey, it's still a light read! I recommend this book to every man, so you can understand and love women better, and to every woman, to inspire you to discover, embrace and love yourselves.

Word of caution: There are going to be moments where you'd strongly agree with what is written, and at the same time, you may be enraged by certain ideas. My only suggestion is, read the books dispassionately, reflect, and absorb only what makes sense to you. Then, I promise, it'll be an enriching, perspective-broadening experience.

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I'd also suggest reading The Book Of Man.


The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you're mesmerized by the idea of being taken to a land of fantasies, this is the series you should start your magical-but-surreal journey with. Tolkein has done a fantastic job at weaving together a story of friendship, love and heroism, so much so that it is now actually a benchmark for fantasy fiction.

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The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

Just the thought of a young girl's first-hand account of World War II, is so intriguing...this book is super-touching, and gripping, as Anne takes you though the little adventures (and the massive ones too!) of her life. Even though it isn't a fat book, which you'll realize as you quickly finish it, you'll gain the confidence to pick up more seemingly complex books.

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Romeo And Juliet by Shakespeare

Cleverly written dialogues, passionate romance, beautifully worded poetry and some dramatic violence, makes this classic romance a must-read for every person, reader or non-reader.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Don't run away from reading this one, only because it's a serious novel. The plot is intriguing, but what really makes reading The Kite Runner enjoyable, are the beautifully written, thought-provoking lines -

"Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."

"...sometimes the dead are luckier."

"When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal a wife's right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing."

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Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Why? Because, firstly, it's a novella. It makes for a good in-transit read. Second, while the questions raised about morality are pretty complex, Billy Budd has a really simple plot. The book is an easy read, yet, it'll leave you with a feeling of having read something that's got substance...something that made you question.

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If you're a woman, who's already hooked onto books, these quick reads may interest you.

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