Hey Everyone! Here is the list of best fictional books to read. From Harry Potter to Khalil Gibran, From an adventure to a heart wrenching love story it is an Ultimate List Of Best Books To Read In Fiction Genre! The books are grouped into different fiction genre like contemporary, Classic, Indian, and so on. So, let get started and tackle our Covid Blues! 🙂
BEST BOOKS TO READ: FICTION
1. THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COEHLO
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom. It is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago. He travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist. All of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, vivid, and deeply compassionate. The story of Santiago is an everlasting testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
2. HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE BY J.K.ROWLING
“A Window to the other world of Wild Imagination”
This is the first thought that strikes our mind when we say Harry Potter! Though a series of seven books, the first book of Harry Potter series is the most loved and must read, as the experience of the wizarding world is new and raw to us as well as to our Harry Potter.
It is full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details. The first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world, and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
Recommended: Harry Potter (House Edition Books)
1. MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING BY VIKTOR E FRANKL
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps. And, its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America. And it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.
2. WUTHERING HEIGHTS BY EMILY BRONTE
Perhaps the most haunting and tormented love story ever written. Wuthering Heights is the tale of the troubled orphan Heathcliff. And, his doomed love for Catherine Earnshaw.
Published in 1847, the year before Emily Bronte’s death at the age of thirty. Wuthering Heights has proved to be one of the nineteenth century’s most remarkable yet bewildering masterpieces. The windswept moors are the unforgettable setting of this tale of the love. Between the foundling Heathcliff and his wealthy benefactor’s daughter, Catherine. Through Catherine’s betrayal of Heathcliff, and his bitter vengeance, their mythic passion haunts the next generation even after their deaths. Incorporating elements of many genres—from gothic novels and ghost stories to poetic allegory—and transcending them all, Wuthering Heights is a mystifying and powerful tour de force.
3. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE
Enormously popular and translated into some 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. And, in 1961 it won a Pulitzer Prize. The novel was praised for its sensitive treatment of a child’s awakening to racism and prejudice in the American South.
To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The protagonist is Jean Louise (“Scout”) Finch, an intelligent though unconventional girl who ages from six to nine years old during the course of the novel. She is raised with her brother, Jeremy Atticus (“Jem”), by their widowed father, Atticus Finch. He is a prominent lawyer who encourages his children to be empathetic and just. He notably tells them that it is “a sin to kill a mockingbird,” alluding to the fact that the birds are innocent and harmless.
1. LEGEND OF SUHELDEV BY AMISH TRIPATHI
A Forgotten Hero. An Unforgettable Battle.
India, 1025 AD.
Repeated attacks by Mahmud of Ghazni, and his barbaric Turkic hordes have weakened India’s northern regions. The invaders lay waste to vast swathes of the subcontinent—plundering, killing, raping, pillaging. Many of the old Indian kingdoms, tired and divided, fall to them. Those who do fight, battle with old codes of chivalry, and are unable to stop the savage Turkic army which repeatedly breaks all rules to win. Then the Turks raid and destroy one of the holiest temples in the land. The magnificent Lord Shiva temple at Somnath.
At this most desperate of times, a warrior rises to defend the nation.
The ruler of a small kingdom, he sees what must be done for his motherland, and is willing to sacrifice his all for it.
A fierce rebel. A charismatic leader. An inclusive patriot.
2. THE IMMORTALS OF MELUHA BY AMISH TRIPATHI
1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilisation. The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha. A near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived. This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas. An ostracised and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills!
The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend: When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.
Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero? And does he want to be that hero at all? Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?
Recommended: SHIVA TRILOLOGY BY AMISH TRIPATHI
LITERARY THEORY, HISTORY AND CRITICISM
1. THE PALACE OF ILLUSION BY CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
A re-imagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat—told from the point of view of an amazing woman.
Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, actually gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.
The novel traces the princess Panchaali’s life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright. Remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.
2. INDIA AFTER GANDHI BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA
A magisterial account of the pains, the struggles, the humiliations. And, the glories of the world’s largest and least likely democracy. Ramachandra Guha’s India After Gandhi is a breathtaking chronicle of the brutal conflicts that have rocked a giant nation, and the extraordinary factors that have held it together. An intricately researched and elegantly written epic history peopled with larger-than-life characters, it is the work of a major scholar at the peak of his abilities…
MYTHS, LEGENDS AND SAGAS
1. THE OATH OF THE VAYUPUTRAS BY AMISH TRIPATHI
Shiva is gathering his forces. He reaches the Naga capital, Panchavati, and Evil is finally revealed. As, the Neelkanth prepares for a holy war against his true enemy, a man whose name instils dread in the fiercest of warriors.
India convulses under the onslaught of a series of brutal battles. It’s a war for the very soul of the nation. Many will die. But Shiva must not fail, no matter what the cost. In his desperation, he reaches out to the ones who have never offered any help to him: the Vayuputras.
Will he succeed? And what will be the real cost of battling Evil? To India? And to Shiva’s soul?
Discover the answer to these mysteries in this concluding part of the bestselling Shiva Trilogy.
2. SITA: WARRIOR OF MITHILA BY AMISH TRIPATHI
India is beset with divisions, resentment and poverty. The people hate their rulers. They despise their corrupt and selfish elite. Chaos is just one spark away. Outsiders exploit these divisions. Raavan, the demon king of Lanka, grows increasingly powerful. Sinking his fangs deeper into the hapless Sapt Sindhu.
Two powerful tribes, the protectors of the divine land of India, decide that enough is enough. A saviour is needed. They begin their search.
An abandoned baby is found in a field. Protected by a vulture from a pack of murderous wolves. She is adopted by the ruler of Mithila, a powerless kingdom, ignored by all. Nobody believes this child will amount to much. But they are wrong.
For she is no ordinary girl. She is Sita.
Continue the epic journey with Amish’s latest: A thrilling adventure that chronicles the rise of an orphan, who became the prime minister. And then, a Goddess.
This is the second book in the Ram Chandra Series. A sequel that takes you back. Back before the beginning.
Recommended: Ram Chandra Series By Amish Tripathi
3. KHALIL GIBRAN: THE PROPHET
Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.
The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters. Covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
Recommended: KHALIL GIBRAN: COLLECTED WORKS
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