Reading books is a form of art. It requires a bunch of skills like any other art form.
Reading books benefits both your mental and physical well-being and the benefits last a lifetime.
Reading improves your vocabulary, improves brain connectivity, reduces stress, and much more.
There’s a saying that “The smartest person in the room is the one who reads” and I couldn't agree more.
But I have always wondered why some people hate reading or why they are not able to make reading a habit?
Are you one of those people who hate reading, then here are a few books to read to get you all pumped up and form an habit of reading.
1. The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, is a book of the writings from the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding with her family to escape the wrath of the Holocaust during the Nazi oppression.
Anne received a blank diary on her 13th birthday and she named it Kitty.
In her diary, Anne has documented her experiences and how her life changed after her family went into hiding.
I am very amused and touched by the thoughts of this young girl.
Her thoughts are so innocent and yet so mature.
The hardships she and her family had to face, to survive are very horrifying.
Anne didn’t just keep a diary.
She wrote tales and planned to publish a book about her time in hiding.
Her wish was fulfilled after the war when her father Otto Frank published it.
Since then, Anne Frank's diary has been translated into more than 70 languages.
It is the most read diary in the world.
This book will not disappoint you and I am pretty sure you will make reading a habit after this book.
2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown.
It follows "symbologist" Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu after a murder at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The novel explores an alternative religious history over the possibility of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene having had a child together.
In an exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit, symbologist Robert Langdon is the most original character to appear in years.
The Da Vinci Code heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…surprising at every twist, absorbing at every turn, and in the end, utterly unpredictable…right up to its astonishing conclusion.
The novel nonetheless became a massive worldwide bestseller that sold 80 million copies as of and has been translated into 44 languages.
The book not only explores the history of Christianity but also the beautiful architectural heritage of Europe.
The intricate details in the book take you on an adventure and keep you hooked.
3. Norwegian Wood
Norwegian wood is a 1987 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami which has been translated into various languages.
The story is told from the first-person perspective of Toru Watanabe, who looks back on his college days in Tokyo.
Toru recollects his relationships with two different women, one being beautiful yet emotionally troubled Naoko and the other being outgoing, lively Midori.
The novel is filled with very heart-touching lines.
Haruki Murakami has written it so beautifully that it makes one fall in love.
It is a nostalgic story of loss, uneasy friendships, casual sex, passion, and desire.
At the end of the novel, the reader is forced to wonder about love and loss.
The book leaves you in a weird dilemma and makes you want to read it all over again.
If you are a romantic and want to have a new perspective on love, Norwegian Wood is a must-read.
4. The Alchemist
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was first published in 1988 in the Portuguese language.
It became a widely translated international bestseller.
A metaphorical novel, The Alchemist is about a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago.
The book follows his journey to the Pyramids of Egypt, after repeatedly having a dream of finding a treasure there.
Santiago sets on a mystical journey in search of a worldly treasure.
His quest leads him to riches far different, and far more satisfying.
The experiences of Santiago during his journey make him realize the importance of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow one's dreams.
The book has some inspiring quotes and lessons which one can apply in their life.
The book will motivate you to dream high and to work hard to accomplish it.
Since the book is a short read you won't have any problem reading it!
5. Murder on the Orient Express
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer.
An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
If you do not fall in love with reading after you have read an Agatha Christie novel then you are not from this world.
Agatha Christie is famously known as the Queen of Crime. Murder on the Orient Express is undoubtedly one of Agatha Christie's greatest mystery novels.
The fast-paced novel will not fail to impress you with its ingenuity.
After reading this book, you will surely plan on reading many more novels in the near future.
Once you read the above books, reading will surely become one of your habits even if you hate reading.
So, which book would you pick up to read first?
Tell me in the comment box bellow.
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Amulya Kulkarni is an Electronics and Communications Engineer.
She is also the founder of Crofting Technologies, an Agri-Tech startup, committed to help farmers increase their yield with the help of technology.
Other than that, she is an avid reader and writing book reviews is her passion.
Ever since a kid, she has always been interested in reading books and she is glad to have found her solace in reading.
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