As Benedict Cumberbatch rightly puts it, “I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.” This one most definitely applies to all the bookworms amidst the pandemic. Perhaps, what better time to indulge in your book reading than when the world has stood still, and we have so much time for self-care. The challenge is towards choosing the right book; few choose the top authors, others choose from the genre; fiction, non- fiction, philosophy, romance. With so many books around, it’s impossible to take a call on what to pick.
Here’s presenting our pick on the top 5 books that will keep you in great company in 2021. Let’s go ahead and plan our year with the must-reads.
- Languages of Truth by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie is a distinguished author known for his high-spirited and gutsy writing. The Languages of Truth is Rushdie’s best storytelling that sews together the progression of literature and culture. Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, Rushdie shares his encounters on the page and in person with storytellers Shakespeare, Cervantes, Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison, and revels in the creative lines that can join art and life with intrepid and exuberant imagination.
All Girls by Emily Layden
This book, marks Layden’s debut and brings on page and in person, an amalgamated portrayal of an all-girls’ boarding school and their long-overdue reckoning with a sexual abuser on faculty.
It is an acutely sensitive coming-of-age novel that narrates about nine young women navigating through their ambitions, friendships, and fears against the backdrop of a scandal that the administration wants to silence in their one year in a prestigious New England prep school.
- The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
This one is the most anticipated book of 2021. An irrefutably genius twist on a gothic classic, The Wife Upstairs offers s feminist ride through a journey full of suspense, shocks, and surprises.
Dogwalker Jane may find security with the widower Rochester, but she soon realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for; A timeless tale of a forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles.
- A promised Land by Barack Obama
A Promised Land is a memoir by Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making that remains focused on his political career. The book speaks of his political education, career, and landmark moments of his historic presidency; including the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
- The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
If you haven’t yet read it, do read this humorous (dark) perspective of India’s class struggle in this era of globalization. It offers a story of coruscating wit, blistering suspense, and questionable morality.
The White Tiger is the story of Balram Halwai’s life. Balram is a self-declared “self-made entrepreneur” and tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he became successful in life—having nothing but his wits to help him along.