How many times have you dreamed of a day where reading the entire time and doing nothing would be legit? National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th. So today is the day you have been waiting for! Grab your favorite book, a large cup of coffee, sit back, and relax.
When it comes to books, a bigger book does not necessarily mean better. Of course, there are times when you want to obsessively read an epic tome but there are no replacements for curling up in bed and consume a story in one go. And for days like today, it’s the perfect way to get into the habit of reading again.
If you are at a loss for what to read today, here’s a list of 20 books that you can read in one sitting.
You must have read The Great Gatsby during high-school but today might be a good day to transport yourself to a different era and spend a day in the 20s.
Maybe you haven’t read the book but you have definitely watched the movie, so today is the best time for you to pick up Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.
Read the masterful political commentary Animal Farm by George Orwell.
Modern feminism can be taken in a lot of ways, but there are no two ways about We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Translated from French, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is more than a children’s book and perfect to escape into while the Prince describes his inter-planetary journey to return home to the flower he loves.
One of the most remarkable characters in literature, The Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky has an unnamed narrator who is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. This short novella is a must-read albeit a heavy to read.
The Stranger by Albert Camus is a short novel that delves deep into absurdism and existentialism so if 2020 is making you feel existentialist, this is THE book for you to read today.
If you are in a mood for some YA and want to read something heart-wrenching, I would recommend Looking For Alaska by John Green. It is perhaps the most underrated novel by John Green covering themes like depression, mental health, and of course there’s a love story.
You cannot go wrong with The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. Here’s one of the quotes from the book: “By the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
If you want to immerse yourself into a good book yet be connected to reality, I highly recommend reading Weather by Jenny Offill.
If you are looking for a book on writing or life in general, you must read Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. Apart from being a book on writing, it is really about taking your time and just starting somewhere. Anywhere.
If you are averse to the conventional notions of love, life, marriage, and responsibilities, Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan is a short read appeal to your imagination and question the general notions of life.
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a YA novel in which two boys start an email correspondence and end up falling in love.
Despite delving in difficult topics like forced marriage and abuse, The Colour Purple by Alice Walker makes for the perfect day read as the book also centers around human kindness and empathy.
At 163 pages, The Sense Of An Ending by Julian Barnes makes you question your life as you read it. It will make you look at everything in your life from a different perspective.
Trigger Warning: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a disturbing read but an important one if you want to know more about the trauma caused due to rape and the difficulty victims often have in talking about sexual assault.
If you are interested in understanding the psychological response to suffering, Man’s Search For Meaning by Victor E Frankl is the perfect short novel based on true experiences in a concentration camp.
A Room Of One’s Own is an essay by Virginia Woolf that explores the role of women in the male-dominated literary world.
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri at its heart is a love story about another language. If you are someone learning a new language or love languages in general, this one is for you.
No book list is complete without a book on or about cats. If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura is a unique tale of loss and reconciliation, of one man’s journey to discover what really matters in modern life.
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