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Here are some recommendations to beat your reading slump!

Here are some recommendations to beat your reading slump!

Pick Up a Book!

Reading slumps can be so frustrating, especially if you're generally an avid reader. You can't seem to find the time or energy for the reading. Picking up something engaging—whether it's laugh-out-loud funny or action-packed or something intense—can be a good way to get back into the habit of reading. If you're looking for some good books to beat your reading slump, here are my recommendations.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books. This book will definitely help you get rid of the prejudice (no pun intended) about classics being difficult and boring.

This story is about the Bennet family who is confronted with the possibility of losing their wealth. Mrs. Bennet places her hopes on marrying her five daughters into rich families. When a wealthy family moves next door, things are looking up in the village for the Bennet family. Mr. Bingley & his friend Mr. Darcy are rich, eligible bachelors. Mr. Bingley is smitten by the eldest daughter Jane while the other daughter Elizabeth gets into a battle of the sexes with Mr. Darcy, which later turns into something more.

It's a wonderful, amusing, and charmingly warm story. I absolutely love the main characters, the humor, and most of all the romance. Definitely a favorite! I highly recommend it to everyone. You won't regret reading this one.

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas's brilliant debut The Hate You Give is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The book follows the story of a teenager, Starr. Starr witnesses her good friend, Khalil, being shot and killed by the police for doing nothing wrong. Now she has to decide if she has the courage to stand up for justice.

The novel became an instant bestseller when it was first released in 2017, and it is absolutely one of the best YA novels of this decade. Her writing shines on each page as she expertly addresses police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and different perspectives on racism from an honest point of view. It's an emotional read that you're unlikely to forget.


3. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This book tells the story of Dimple & Rishi. Dimple and Rishi are Hindu-Americans, with parents very attached to their culture of origin. Following her graduation from high school, Dimple is ready for a break from her family and her mother’s obsession to find her the “ideal Indian husband”. She is super excited to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers. Little does she know Rishi Patel will also be in the summer program. Rishi has been told by his parents that his future wife will be there and is now on a mission to woo her. This leads to some quite entertaining turn of events.

This is a sweet YA contemporary romance for some light entertainment which you will definitely enjoy.

4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather is the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon. The author presents an intense portrayal of the Sicilian mafia in New York with a rags-to-riches story about establishing one of the ‘Five Families of New York.’

The readers are introduced to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. Mob wars, the seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world.

The Godfather is one of the best novels about the violent subculture with diabolical characters, a gripping storyline, and a powerful narrative. It’s a book that will keep you engaged from beginning to end. And once you have read the book, don’t forget to watch its movie adaptation with impeccable performances by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

5. Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan

I absolutely love Anuja Chuhan’s writing. Her books are high on romance and humour. This book will remind you of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice but the similarity will end with the Thakut family and their five daughters.

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The story is set in 1980s posh New Delhi with big Indian families, misunderstandings, scandals, and a handsome, eligible bachelor. The five Thakur girls save stray dogs, discuss men, engage in school rivalry, and are quite the handful.

The novel is peppered with Hinglish and generous doses of humour. It also doubles up on nostalgia with references to Maruti and Ambassador cars, Tom and Jerry cartoons, Doordarshan, Campa Cola, Maggi, etc. This is such an entertaining book and you will keep turning the pages till you finish reading.

6. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

There is nothing better than tucking into the comfort of an Agatha Christie mystery — this always works for me to get out of a slump. And Then There Were None is my favourite Agatha Christie book. It is one of the best mysteries I have read to date.

Ten strangers are invited to, and later stranded on, an isolated island. When the coast is clear, there are ten dead bodies and an edgy murder puzzle that is sure to leave you flabbergasted.


7. Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

No one is too old to read Harry Potter, a story that revolves around an orphaned young boy living in his aunt's staircase closet, who finds out that he is a wizard, and joins Hogwarts, a boarding school for young wizards.

The seven books in the Harry Potter Series are the ultimate books you can’t put down. J. K. Rowling’s masterpiece about the boy wizard Harry brings the battle of good versus evil to life with vivid imagery and fantastic imagination. You get so caught up in Rowling’s fantasy world that the books are hard to put down.

The kindest words my father said to me

Women like you drown oceans.

— Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

If you’ve been wanting to get into poetry but didn’t know where to start, then this book of short, contemporary poems by Rupi Kaur is a great introduction. It is a collection of poetry about survival, about the experiences of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Every poem is extremely personal, tender, and exquisite in its own way.

9. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The book tells a tragic tale about the innocence of children, through an unlikely friendship formed between the son of a German officer, and a little boy imprisoned in a concentration camp. The book is set during WWII. Bruno is a nine years old boy from an affluent family. He lives in Berlin with his parents and sister. His father is appointed as commander of a concentration camp in Auschwitz. Bruno is forced to leave his three best friends for life and discovers that life in Auschwitz is lonely and desolate. In his new house in an isolated area, Bruno sees a huge wire-fenced field with tiny huts and an endless number of people dressed in striped outfits.

One day he meets a boy from the opposite side of the fence, and they begin to forge a friendship over the course of the year. However, living on opposite sides of the fence proves to have a devastating consequence on their friendship.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas was absolutely devastating and yet brilliant. I never saw the ending coming, and it totally wrecked me. Definitely recommend it to everyone. Highly recommended!

10. Malgudi Days by R K Narayanan

This book would be perfect for any Indian who wants to indulge in some nostalgia. The narration is simple to read and yet, it carries a very typically Indian childhood in it. It is a compilation of 32 short stories.

The book is set in Malgudi, an imaginary town in South India. However, the stories are so real that you don't feel like any bit of them is fictional. The author depicts the lives of people who live in Malgudi, their problems, their struggles, their happiness, and so forth. A simple compilation of stories that will keep you coming back till you finish the book and even then, you'd be wishing to read more.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia


Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 26, 2020:

I am sure you will love And Then There Were None.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 26, 2020:

I am sure you will be back to reading soon... A reader can never really stay away from books for long.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 26, 2020:

My pleasure Lorna. I am sure you will like the rest of the books too.

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 26, 2020:

My pleasure :)

Shaloo Walia (author) from India on October 26, 2020:

Thanks John. The boy in the striped pyjamas is such a moving and heartbreaking narative.

Annie Poe from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India on October 26, 2020:

I was actually thinking of reading And Then There Were None. All of these books seem quite interesting to read. I was looking for books to read once I was done with my own list of fantasy novels.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 26, 2020:

Thanks for the list, my friend! I'm in one of those slumps, but I'm not too terribly concerned. I'm a streaky kind of person. I'm sure I'll return to reading soon, and then devour dozens of books very quickly.

Lorna Lamon on October 26, 2020:

A very diverse list of excellent reads to beat the reading slump. I have read a few of them, however, I will definitely read the others. Thank you for sharing Shaloo.

Ankita B on October 26, 2020:

Great list. I have read half of the books from this list and definitely agree that they beat the reading slump. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 26, 2020:

Some of these sound like great reads. Your reviews are excellent. I have seen the movie of “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” But haven’t read the book. Thank you for sharing.

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