Majority of people cite a lack of time for their lack of reading. So, here is some of the best books that can be read in a day!
With each book is less than 150 pages, but with extremely powerful storylines, you get to read excellent stuff, even when you have no time on your hands!
1. Animal Farm
Animal Farm is a “Fairy Story for Animals”. In Manor Farm, the animals are sick of how they are treated by the farmer, so they decide to rebel against him.
The rebellation is successful and the animals are the sole owners of the Manor Farm, which is now called Animal Farm. Under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, the animals decide to become self sufficient and run the farm successfully.
But soon the power goes into the pig’s head, and the rest of the story illustrates how extreme power can be dangerous.
Animal Farm is said to be based on the Russian Revolution.
Read the full book review here: http://thereandtheir.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/animal-farm-book-review/
[schema type=”book” name=”Animal Farm” author=”George Orwell” publisher=”Penguin Books India” pubdate=”2011-03-15″ isbn=”0143416316″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” ]
2. The Stoning of Soraya M. : A True Story
The author is a journalist who had to stop in this village due to car trouble. Here he meets an old woman Zahra. She requests him to meet him later.
When he meets her, she tells him the harrowing tale of what happened to her niece Soraya M. who died by stoning few weeks ago.
Soraya M. was falsely implicated in an adultery case and was stoned by the very people she considered her own.
Check out the book review and movie trailer here: http://thereandtheir.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/the-stoning-of-soraya-m-a-true-story-book-review/
[schema type=”book” name=”The Stoning of Soraya M. : A True Story” author=”Freidoune Sahebjam” publisher=”Arcade Publishing” isbn=”1559702702″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” ]
3. The Body in the Library
A body is found in the library of the Bantrys, who were first introduced in the book “Thirteen Problems” as friends of Miss. Marple.
As the body is found in the library of Colonel Bantry, the village folk immediately start making assumptions and rumours fly that the Colonel was having an affair with the girl which was why he killed her. The social standing of the Bantries take a hit.
Who is the girl? What was she doing in the Bantry’s library? Who killed her? Read the book for these answers.
[schema type=”book” name=”The Body In The Library” author=”Agatha Christie” publisher=”Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers” isbn=”157912626X” ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” ]
4. The Giver
The Giver is the first book of the Quartet The Giver. The second book is Gathering Blue, third is Messenger and the final one is Son. Most people are not aware that this is actually from the same series, as even though they are in sequence, they are not exactly connected. But when you read them four in sequence, you will realise how the story line is connected.
The Giver is written in third person and covers a story of Jonas, who lives in an Utopian Society. This society was created after the world had seen a lot of evil, and so everything bad or evil was discarded. Now everyone in the society lives in harmony and perfect balance.
Jonas lives with his parents and a sister. At the age of twelve, all the kids go through a ceremony where the elders decide their jobs and future career path for them. If the kids do not like their jobs, they can appeal, but this does not happen much, as elders usually choose the right path for each of these kids.
But, his job leads him to view his society differently. He sees that the sameness and perfectness of his society is not all the perfect, he longs for freedom that once was.
Will he be able to convince others that their perfect society is not all it seems to be?
Watch the movie trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxFJvlWqphM
[schema type=”book” name=”The Giver” author=”Lois Lowry” publisher=”Ember” pubdate=”2006-01-24″ isbn=”0385732554″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
5. Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart is a novel about the life of Okonkwo. Okonkwo is a local leader and a wrestling champion who lives in a fictional village of Umuofia in Nigeria. Umuofia is inhabited by the Igbo or the Ibo people.
The story describes the family lifestyle and the history of Okonkwo, the societal customs of the Igbo community and the overall impact of the British colonization and the incoming of the Christian Missionaries.
There is a sequel to this novel, which is No Longer at Ease. Achebe’s later two novels A Man of People and Anthills of the Savannah, though not featuring Okonkwo, can also be considered kind sequels to this novel as they feature the changes in African culture chronologically.
[schema type=”book” name=”Things Fall Apart” author=”Chinua Achebe” publisher=”Anchor Books” isbn=”0385474547″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
6. Fahrenheit 451
In his society people are not allowed to think, read, enjoy, or talk meaningfully with each other. They are instead encouraged to watch TV and listen to Seashell Radio.
Guy thinks there is nothing wrong with his life, till he meets seven year old Clarisse McClellan who keeps on asking him questions. Her innocent questions makes him think about himself and his life.
[schema type=”book” name=”Fahrenheit 451 ” author=”Ray Bradbury” publisher=”Voyager” pubdate=”2013-03-28″ isbn=”0007491565″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
7. The Great Gatsby
Nick Carraway, the narrator, is a fresh graduate from Yale who had a role to play in the World War one. He lives on Long Island, next to the mansion of Jay Gatsby.
A mysterious man, Jay Gatsby is a multi millionaire. Gatsby throws extremely lavish parties, but does not participate in them.
Called a mix of Romeo and Juliet with Moulin Rouge, the Great Gatsby is a tale of betrayal, revenge and power.
Check out the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARN6agiW7o
[schema type=”book” name=”The Great Gatsby ” author=”F. Scott Fitzgerald” publisher=”Scribner” pubdate=”2004-09-30″ isbn=”0743273567″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” hardcover=”yes” ]
8. The Old Man and the Sea
Santiago, an old fisherman, has not been able to catch any fish for eighty four consecutive days.
Thus he is considered a “Salao” by the entire village. Salao means someone who is extremely unlucky. Due to this, Santiago’s young apprentice, Marlin’s parents refuse to let their son sail with Santiago.
But, unknown to his parents, Marlin visits Santiago every night. They talk and strategize to end Santiago’s unlucky streak.
[schema type=”book” name=”The Old Man and the Sea” author=”Ernest Hemingway” publisher=”Arrow Books” isbn=”0099908409″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” ]
9. The Reluctant Fundamentalist
It is during this vacation he meets Erica, a young aspiring writer. He immediately falls for her charms, but she does not reciprocate his feelings as she is still in love with her childhood sweetheart Chris.
Under suspicious circumstances Erica disappears. Being a Pakistani, he has to prove his innocence at every stage of the way, while dealing with the loss of his love as well as trying to find out what happened to her.
Check out the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouXWUenv5_Y
[schema type=”book” name=”The Reluctant Fundamentalist” author=”Mohsin Hamid ” publisher=”Mifflin Harcourt” pubdate=”2007-04-03″ isbn=”0151013047 ” ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” ]
10. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Different adaptation have slightly different stories, as Adams rewrote the story for each new edition, so there might be slight changes in every edition.
The story is about the adventures of Arthur Dent, who finds out that his best friend is an Alien.
While Arthur is still dealing with this shock, he comes to know that his planet, the Earth, is going to be destructed in a short time.
Will Aurthur be able to save himself and his planet in time?
Check out the movie trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLdiWe_HJv4
[schema type=”book” name=”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author=”Douglas Adams ” publisher=”Del Rey Books” isbn=”0345391802″ ebook=”yes” paperback=”yes” ]