Sunday, September 2, 2012

10 Must Read Novels

Not a lot of us are given the chance to pick up a book and entirely savour it from start to finish. I have come across those books I must admit, so given the chance to read I am going to write about my Top 10 novels that I highly recommend. I want to put a variation into these choices as much as I can.

Fall of Giants by Ken Follet: Current and out and about. This is one reason why I am putting this novel on top of my list (aside from it is written by Ken Follet). You can pick this up in any bookstore online or not but more than that this novel has SUBSTANCE! Early 20th century when everything in the world is rapidly changing, World War I erupts and sends myriad characters into complete chaos needed for all of them to change. A conservative English Earl and his headstrong sister, two rugged Russian brothers, a liberal German officer longing for love and an American intellect aiming for influential political seat. How do their lives intertwined with each other? How do their lives change? Another MUST READ!

Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors: My personal favourite. I have always been fascinated with the Taj Mahal and this novel brought so much life and colour to the grandeur and subtle opulence that is the Taj Mahal. We know the historical facts behind its walls but the fictional story behind it as John Shors wrote will bring any reader turning pages. This novel does not only revolve around the building of Taj Mahal but it also revolves around the strength of a Muslim Princess named Jahanara and how she remained strong for her father and mother, brothers, friends, for her country and for the man she loves who carved Taj Mahal into a "A Tear drop On The Cheek Of Time", Isa.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: My pick for a romance novel. Love is Patient as we all know but how patient can it be? Florentino lost himself after his undying love for Fermina has been rejected, still he continues to wait patiently for her love with time. Will Florentino wait earnestly to be loved back by Fermina? Will Fermina see how Florentino passionately love her? Or will all turn to dust with time?
Monsoon by Wilbur Smith: ARRGGHHHH!! Who doesnt enjoy a Pirate novel?! “Monsoon” is about the lives of four English brothers who have been separated by the sea. These four brothers who love and hate each other brought themselves to part ways embarking on a life journey filled with superb adventures thrusting themselves into gruelling peril and the reward of conquest.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: Chic lit pick. This doesnt need a lot of introduction, right? Easy, fun, witty, and surprisingly a poignant read. It is a beach read that any chic would want to bring with her on a holiday either out on the beach or on one’s couch this is one refreshing “light” read.
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: My book series pick. A mash up of ADVENTURES! Would be the best description I can give the chronicles. A witch, a lion, and a wardrobe is so limited after reading the seven books. It is novel of an elated world filled with so much life and colour that any child and adult with a thirst for curios adventures will love. Cliché as it may sound when someone opens these books it draws the reader straight into its pages making you part of the adventure.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: All of us are dreamers there is no doubting on that. When we were young we were always asked what do we want “To Be” when we grow up? Eventually as we grow old we tend to simply go with the flow and sometimes some of us loose lustre on dreaming. This is one of the poignant messages that this novel want to transcend from. Never stop dreaming. This is my pick for anyone who is drawn to metaphysical novel.

Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice: How I wish I can pick a sonata or an aria for this novel for I want to describe all the words written for the sake of the voices behind this book. A passionate story behind the voice of a castrato in one of Anne Rice’s novel “Cry To Heaven”. This novel all took place in beautiful Italy, where art and passion never cease. Within the canals of Venice a boy named Tonio born to the Doge is trapped within the walls of a castle and the secrets of his family which lead him to become one of the most sought after castrati in the whole of Italy. A voice with so much passion, love and sadness. And as Tonio brought everyone into their knees as he open his mouth to sing, he on the other hand sings for his consumed longing of freedom, revenge and love. This is a wild card pick.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This would have to be one of the best classics that I ever read and I think everyone should read once. For Mr. Darcy’s sake do read this novel and more than that this is utterly witty and filled with sarcastic humour!


The Odyssey by Homer: For one reason this is an age old tale that defies time itself. More than that this would be one of the most exhilarating tales ever written and told.

These are my top 10 novels that everyone should read. I enjoyed reading these books, page turners, poignant, gripping and more, both old and new for you to indulge in.
Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

1 comment:

Charles Ravndal said...

I still haven't read the Alchemist. It's been sitting there in our bookshelf for years now! lol!