5 Beautiful Short Novels To Help You Kick Start That Reading Habit March 10, 2017 – Posted in: Lifestyle

Every week, we bring you Friday Recommends – a short list of movies you ought to see, books you ought to read and other cool stuff you should try your hands on.

This week, an effort shall be made to coax all the non-readers of this glorious planet to dig their nose deep down the best works of literature, albeit the short novels; cause we don’t wanna scare them with War & Peace, do we?

Can you imagine having perfect eyesight yet never having seen the blue sky? Or possessing perfect hearing yet never having listened to any music? It’s extremely difficult to imagine or even accept these scenarios merely cause they form irreplaceable dimensions of our lives. Music transports us to undefined spaces while Nature baffles us with beauty and humility.

When you can perfectly read and understand text but still miss out on reading books; it  is similar to closing doors on another dimension which is filled with magic and awe. So, here’s our top 5 Short Novels (more or less a 100 pages) that can help you start a reading habit and be lost in a timeless spaceless jelly of literature.

1. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

A perfectly crafted story, set in the Gulf Stream, chronicles the beauty and grief of man’s challenges. In his last major work of fiction, Hemingway, shares shreds of his own life, most notably his love for fishing and the open sea. Be prepared to experience isolation in a terribly heart aching way.

“Why do old men wake so early? Is it to have one longer day?”

2. Catcher In the Rye – JD Salinger

A prized American classic that ought to be read by everyone. Salinger’s masterpiece, mired by controversy and loved by most, is a story about a rebellious, misunderstood teenager – Holden Caulfield, and his confusion in understanding the world. There’s references to sex, cigarettes and alcohol, amidst lots of swearing but hey, that’s how adolescent life is – innocent, confusing, isolating and peculiarly curious!

“That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”

3. The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald

The genius expresses in a sentence what the rest express in a book. A short novel that feels like a lifetime (feels at least 5 years, though). One of the most loved American classics, The Great Gatsby is a tale of love – unrequited and tragic – yet so powerful in narration that it inspires more love. Why is it that all great novels pluck the strings of your hearts that trigger inconsolable tears?

“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”

4. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

Set in the sunshine state of California (as most of his novels are), Of Mice and Men is a gripping story of migrant workers (as most of his characters are) in the dismal days of The Great Depression. Steinbeck is a genius, of that there is no doubt, but what’s even more surreal is his ability to take you to the farms, the woods among the streams and tell you a tale of sadness, so intimate, so moving that it makes you break out a teary smile at the end of it all. 

“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The youngest book in our list, published in 1988, gained worldwide fame in the new millennium, tells us a story about a young shepherd, Santiago and his journey across Andalusia. Interwoven fibres of wisdom and fiction produces an inspiring calling to every readers’ mind,

‘What is the purpose of my life?’

Paulo speaks to your soul through this book. It is absolutely beautiful.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Tell us about your experiences reading these fine novels. Send us your queries/requests in our mail appycat01@gmail.com and we’ll do a post on it. Happy Reading!

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