(Back with awesome books), YAY!
6) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Oh, this book. This book has been on my to-read list since forever, and my god, it’s brilliant x 10000000!
It’s narrated by Death which is little weird and also he keeps giving you spoilers for example, he’d see someone walking along the road and then be like “This is the last time we’d see her/him”; But all in all, the book is a definite must read and lives up to all it’s hype. Its also sad and heartbreaking an the ending will make you cry, but I haven’t come across a book as good as this one all year and this is definitely my favourite read of the year up till now.
7) Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie will always, always been my favourite author. But for those of you looking to start with her books, you might as well skip this one. The protagonists Postern of Fate are Tommy and Tuppence (Christie’s married detective pair) who are in their 70’s or 80’s. They’re retired and move to a country house but find clues left by the old inhabitants that lead them to discover a murder that occurred almost 20 years ago.
The book is flat and boring and is an absolute zero match to Hercule Poirot.
8) Aarushi by Avirook Sen
This is journalist Avirook Sen’s first book written on the famous double murder case Aarushi-Hemraj Murder case that happened back in 2008 in Noida (Near Delhi, India). A 14 year old girl was found with her slit throat in her flat and the next day the servant was found dead on the roof of the building. Avirook Sen followed the investigation from the get go and attended every single court hearing. He interviewed the suspects, witnesses police personnel and everyone relevant.
This book is brilliant beyond words. It shows exactly what went wrong in this case and how because of general carelessness of various authorities, the parents of Aarushi were convicted even though there was no evidence against them. This case is by far one of the reasons I never want to practice in India as a lawyer.
Go look up the case and then read this book!
9) The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne
This book is very much similar to many of Dan Brown’s books but so, so much better. It goes deep into a very ancient religion and it’s rituals. The book follows a journalist who investigates what seem like random killings but turn out to be a plot of mass murder of exactly 36 people who have done no wrong in life.
This book is a major page turner and is also written by a journalist!
10) Dollar Bahu by Sudha Murthy
Dollar Bahu talks of a middle class Indian family in which the mother of the family has the same dream as every single Indian mother – Send my son to the United States and get a same standard wife. The mother is so highly obsessed with her elder son earning in dollars and his highly fancy ‘modern’ wife that she completely neglects her younger son who has a kind and charming wife. The book spans almost over two decades and leaves really beautiful messages at the end.