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16 Books To Read In Your Lifetime

” A Book is a gift you can open again and again “Garrison Keillor.Books are your best friends.They niether complain nor demand anything from you.Books are a world in  itself.Reading books is a therapy a person needs sometimes.

Some books you read.Some books you enjoy.But some books  just  swallow you up,heart and soul.



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Untouchable is a book written by Mulk Raj Anand.It was published in the year 1935. It is the book by which Anand has made a remarkable place in the history of Indian English literature.The plot of this book revolves around the argument for eradicating the caste system prevalent in India. It depicts a day in the life of Bakha, a young “sweeper”, who is “untouchable”.The book ends on a positive note.


2.The White Tiger


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The White Tiger is a book written by Aravind Adiga.In this book Adiga has brilliantly  provided us with  a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalized world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy.The novel has been well-received, making the New York Times bestseller list in addition to winning the Man Booker Prize.  Adiga was 33 at the time and was also the second youngest writer as well as the fourth debut writer to win the prize in 2008.

3.The Secret

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The Secret is a  self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne.It was the bestseller of the year 2006.It is based on the earlier film of the same name. It is based on the law of attraction  claiming that positive thinking can create life-changing results such as increased happiness, health, and wealth. The book has  sold  more than 19 million copies worldwide.It has been translated into 46 languages.

The Secret highlights gratitude and visualization as the two most powerful processes to help make one’s desires manifest. It claims that being grateful both lifts your frequency higher and affirms that you believe you will receive your desire. Visualization is said to help focus the mind to send out the clearest message to the universe.

4.The God Of Small Things

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The God of Small Things  is written by Arundhati Roy. It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed.The book explores how the small things affect people’s behavior and their lives. It won the Booker Prize in 1997.

5.The Catcher In The Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye is a book written by J. D. Salinger. Though it was published for adults but has  become popular with adolescent readers because of themes like teenage  and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world’s major languages. Around 1 million copies are sold each year.The book deals  with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.The book was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best books written in English language.

6.The Inheritance Of Loss

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The Inheritance of Loss is written by Kiran Desai. It was published in 2006. It won  the Man Booker Prize for that year, the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award in 2007,and the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.It was written over a period of seven years. Among its main themes are migration, living between two worlds, and between past and present.

7.The Kite Runner

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The Kite Runner is the book written by Khaled Hosseini. The book was published in 2003.It is a  father–son story.The main theme of the book are guilt and redemption.The Kite Runner became a bestseller in no time. It was a number one New York Times bestseller for over two years .Seven million copies were sold in the United States of America alone.

8.Pride And Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen.It was first published in 1813.It is the breaking down of pride and prejudice.The book revolves around the necessity of marrying for love, not simply for mercenary reasons despite the social pressures to make a good  match.It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold.The main characters are Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Fitswilliam Darcy.The book revolves around the main characters.

9.Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina  is a book written by  Leo Tolstoy.Its  first complete appearance  in book form was in 1878.The novel remains popular, as demonstrated by a 2007 Time poll of 125 contemporary authors in which Anna Karenina was voted the “greatest book ever written.”,It is a very long book but has been presented by Tolstoy so well that it becomes difficult for the reader to put it down once he starts reading.The book involves deep concentration and time to read it.

10.Gone With The Wind

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Gone with the Wind is a book written by Margaret Mitchell.It was first published in 1936. The story is set  during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era.Gone with the Wind was popular with American readers from the outset and was the top American fiction bestseller in the year it was published.Recently  in 2014 a Harris poll found it to be the second favorite book of American readers, just behind the Bible.The popularity of the book does not lies only to America but to the whole world which is clearly seen as more than 30 million copies have been printed worldwide.It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction  in 1937. It was also adapted into a 1939 American film.Mitchell identified the primary theme as survival.It is quite surprising that  Gone with the Wind is the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime.

11.The Girl On The Train

The Girl on the Train  is a book written by Paula Hawkins.It was published in the year 2015. The novel debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list (combined print and e-book) dated February 1, 2015.It  also remained in the top position for 13 consecutive weeks, until April 2015. In January 2016 it became the No.1 bestseller again for two weeks.  It has occupied the number one spot of the UK hardback book chart for 20 weeks, the longest any book has ever held the top spot.By October 2016, an estimated 15 million copies have been sold worldwide . The film adaptation, starring Emily Blunt and directed by Tate Taylor, was released on 7 October 2016.

12.The Palace Of Illusions


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The Palace of Illusions is written  by award-winning novelist and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It was published in the year 2008.


13.The Three Musketeers

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The Three Musketeers is a historical book written  by Alexandre Dumas.It is set in 1625–1628.In genre, The Three Musketeers is primarily a historical and adventure novel.

14.Life of Pi

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Life of Pi is a book written by Yann Martel.It was published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.It has  sold more than ten million copies worldwide.The irony is it was rejected by at least five London publishing houses before being accepted by Knopf Canada.The UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction the following year.It was also chosen for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2003, where it was championed by author Nancy Lee. In 2012 it was adapted into a theatrical feature film directed by Ang Lee with a screenplay by David Magee.

15.The Alchemist

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The Alchemist is written by Paulo Coelho. It was  first published in 1988.It was originally written in Portuguese. It is a allegorical book following a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.The book is an international bestseller .It has sold more than 150 million copies in 70 different languages  becoming one of the best-selling books in history.It has set the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.

16.You Can Win

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You Can Win is an easy-to-read, practical, common-sense guide that will take you from ancient wisdom to modern-day thinking written by Shiv Khera. An author and a motivational speaker by profession. The book helps you establish new goals, develop a new sense of purpose, and generate new ideas about yourself and your future. It guarantees, as the title suggests, a lifetime of success. The book enables you to translate positive thinking into attitude, ambition and action to give you the winning edge.It has been sold over 3.4 million copies in 21 languages

Pallavi Dutta
Pallavi Dutta
Reader And A Writer Forever.


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