Are you an unenthusiastic reader? Do you friends have to coax you into reading course books (or any kind of books for that matter) because you just do not feel inclined to do it yourself? Considering the educational and literary circumstances we are surrounded by, in this beautiful country of ours, this problem mostly arises because of our difficulty in connecting with the texts. It’s all good though because we have prepared a list of 13 reader-friendly books in order to help the reluctant reader in you.
1. The Misty Dusk by Madiha Anas
I started off with The Misty Dusk, almost 6 years back. The book has been written in simple language with tiny lucid details. It isn’t too long either and will get you kicking. The Misty Dusk is a quintessential reluctant love story with tiny cute moments.
2. Skin Deep by Nergis Dalal
Skin Deep is written by an Indian author – Nergis Dalal. It is a story of two sisters and revolves around the themes of sacrifice, prejudice and jealousy. The text is exceedingly engaging with a relatively simple language.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
This might be your chance to discover what “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” actually means (yes, exactly the quote we all have been using as a caption for our Facebook display pictures). This coming-of-age novel is remarkably engaging with crisp, clear sentences.
4. Me Before You By Jojo Moyes
Yes, exactly. You have been waiting for it, haven’t you? The love story, although relatively longer than the above-mentioned fellow reader-friendly books, is written with simple yet an appealingly engaging language. You can finish it one go if you are a hopeless romantic, like me.
5. Typhoon by Qasira Shahbaz
Written by an acclaimed Pakistani novelist, Qasira Shahbaz, Typhoon is a tragic story of a three Pakistani women and revolves around the themes of honor, love and past demons. The story is something a number of Pakistanis will relate to, thereby making it reader friendly for most of you.
6. My Feudal Lord by Tehmina Durrani
My Feudal Lord is an autobiographical novel, written by Tehmina Durrani. The woman has put her heart and soul into writing this remarkable text and this is probably why it has an element of self-reflection. You are guaranteed to love the honesty that encapsulates this book.
7. A Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life by Amby Burfoot
Looking for some inspiration to get your shit together? Look no further for A Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life is exactly what you need. Written in an extremely simple language, the book inspires you to get your life together and motivate you to reach your full potential.
8. The Blue Room by Nafisa Rizvi
The Blue Room revolves around the distinct Sindhi feudal lifestyle. The novel is relatively liberal in a sense that it challenges a number of commonly held beliefs in Pakistan. If you are looking to broaden your horizons, this is the book for you.
9. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
Are you tired of reading Harry Potter over and over again? Or have you never read Harry Potter before and are looking for a relatively less consuming book but on similar lines? The Hobbit is exactly what you are really looking for. It is basically the prequel to the famous Lord of the Rings series. No, you do not need to read the entire series if you do not want to (although, we recommend that you do) because The Hobbit is a complete book in itself.
10. Salt and Saffron by Kamila Shamsie
Although Kamila Shamsie’s style of writing and language are a little difficult to absorb (especially if you are a beginner), the writer nonetheless manages to keep her readers engaged till the end of the book. Salt and Saffron revolves around the love life of a Pakistani, living in the USA.
11. Water by Bapsi Sidhwa
Based on Deepa Mehta’s movie Water, this Bapsi Sidha’s novel challenges the ideas of femininity and sexuality in the sub-continent. The book isn’t very long and is bound to keep you glued to it, till the end.
12. One Day by David Nicholls
One day by David Nicholls is an extremely light-hearted and witty novel, based on the ideas of friendship. You are guaranteed to feel refreshed once you have finished it.
13. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is an immensely engaging and easy to read series consisting of three books with each of them focusing on the themes of forgiveness and the lack of remorse on the part of those in power. You are guaranteed to love this fast-paced trilogy, I promise.
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