“One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
I probably couldn’t have quoted my feelings about books better than Cassandra Clare, the famous novelist. The more time I spend reading a good piece of literature, the more I feel I grow as a person.
But with the growing digital world and visual content, we are gradually moving away from the written word. Netflix, movies, and YouTube have replaced the warmth of a good book. Even the technically inclined Kindle is finding it hard to survive.
But I, for one, continue to be a bibliophile. And I believe just like me, many of you still love to browse through the latest bestsellers on Amazon rather than the trending videos on YouTube.
So, in case you are looking some good recommendations for life altering books that a girl must read, here are my suggestions.
palace of illusions – chitra banerjee divakarun
A wonderful rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, told from Draupadi’s point of view makes Palace of Illusions one of a kind. You are taken into the mystical world of Mahabharata through beautifully words and interesting characters woven by the author.
While every one of us has read or heard the tale of Mahabharata, but reading the same story from a women’s point of view gives the story a different dimension altogether.
mrs funny bones – twinkle khanna
The subtitle on the book reads “She’s just like you and a lot like me” and it’s as appropriate as it can get!
In continuation with Twinkle Khanna’s much loved blog, the book highlights anecdotes from her life, the ups and downs, and how she handles them. Her candor, satire and wit in storytelling is to die for and makes the book a roller coaster ride that you’d never want to end.
the namesake – jhumpa lahiri
The story of Ganguli family and how they are caught in cultural conflicts as they move from Calcutta to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Although the book is not particularly woman-centric, it depicts love, care, the longing for home and other shades of emotions so beautifully that you start loving the woman inside you a bit more.
The movie was adapted as a feature film by Mira Nair and starred Tabu and Irrfan Khan.
to kill a mocking bird – harper lee
The story of a 6-year-old girl who refuses to play by society’s regressive rules. Instead, she pushes them for what her beliefs are.
A classic of modern American literature, this debut novel by Harper Lee deals with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. But despite that, it is renowned for its warmth and humor.
Adapted into a feature film by Robert Mulligan, it went on to win Academy Award and became a Hollywood masterpiece.
pride and prejudice – jane austen
One of the most popular novels in English Literature, this book is a personal favorite for a lot of women.
The story of a proud Mr. Darcy and prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet, the book leaves you with two powerful messages. That first impressions aren’t always right, and everyone needs and deserves second chances.
This book too has been adapted into a numerous films, dramas and TV shows. The most notable one though is 2005-flick starring Keira Knightly.