Want to read more books? Maybe you want to develop a reading habit and looking for the best books to read for beginner or chances are you wanna impress your crush.

Starting to read a book can be a little daunting as you may fall into the loop of the best books for beginners or books that are worth reading and still not be able to stick upon it.

I wasn’t that fond of books until lockdown hit the country.

Maybe I was bored(as everyone else) or I was finding an escape from reality to stay at home 24*7. Be it anything I think, reading books was among the best things I started to do in Lockdown.

As a child, I always wanna read books(except my subject) and have a bookshelf with 100’s of novels settled in a good condition, but I couldn’t finish a single book in years and that contradicted my Idea of having a bookshelf.

It was always like I started a book, read a few pages and If I couldn’t understand a para, I felt like I wasn’t made for books or books aren’t made for me. So, it kept in closed almirahs for months until I found a random reel on Instagram to take me out of my idea of giving upon on books when I couldn’t understand.

So, here are some tried and tested tips to read books, if you wonder why you couldn’t finish a book?

Tips to Read Books

  • Read Multiple Books Simultaneously- We have a mindset to start a new book ones the current is finished. But our moods are so dynamic and so should be our books too. Have a bunch of books ready for you in different genre so you can read them according to your moods.
  • Not necessary to understand each meaning- Though it’s a beneficial habbit to keep a dictionery open for a new word. But always finding meaning of each word and sentences may withdrew you back to read further. You can read that para fluently(without being stuck with 1 un-understandable word or sentence) and may notice at the end, you understood the whole concept.

These tips helped me a lot to understand why I couldn’t finish a book or lose interest in the midst of reading. If this is your situation, then surely give these tips a try and let me know if they helped you.

One of the most important steps while starting to read a book is to find the right book for yourself.

This doesn’t mean that you choose a book which some authority claimed as “best book for beginners” or “books everyone should read” and you end up reading no book because you find it boring.

And you quit!

It might be discouraging to not understand or connect with the book which everyone claims to be the “best book to read” or “book that worked for everyone but not you”. No, doubt those books are incredibly amazing but not the right ones to start reading as a beginner.

So, the list has 9 books for beginners in all genres. Choose only the books which find a way to your heart and genre that more likely feel like you.

Though I am a slow reader I somehow managed or can say dragged myself to read at least 1 to 2 pages on days I don’t feel like reading and on other days there is no certainty of pages.

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Top 9 Best Books to Read for Beginner

So if you are a beginner here are some books for your first read.

1. Ikigai by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia

What keeps you ongoing? What motivates you to jump out of the bed each morning? The answer is your Ikigai. The Japanese old-age secret to a long and healthy life.

As the book claims it’s Inspiring and comforting, it will give you life-changing tools to uncover your personal Ikigai.

It combines the Japanese, Chinese and Indian culture for a long, happy, healthy and purposeful life. Unlike other self-help books where most of the things we are already aware of and stills seem undoable, Ikigai offers new and interesting activities like different asanas, nurturing friendship and so much about food and nutrients, which serves to our healthy and happy life.

I find this novel more connecting to modern-day situations, where people are so-hyped up about turning 30, gaining financial freedom and retiring. This book teaches us to stay active and never retire be it 30 or 60 to find a greater purpose in life and have dedication towards our work. This book is indeed the best book to read as a beginner in self help genre.

2. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

If you are into the classic genre or want to start reading a book as a beginner in the classic genre then To kill a Mockingbird is a great great read.

This book is narrated by a six-year-old girl Scout Finch and her brother Jem Finch, which makes the read incredibly innocent and interesting. The story revolves around serious societal issues like racial inequality in Depression-era in the 1930s.

The book is based on the sad reality of racial inequality, It teaches us to look at people with the eyes of humanity beyond communal discrimination.

There is a number of characters and plot twists which makes the read a little complicated as a beginner but it’s a great book to start with. The language is very easy which makes the book the best for beginners.

3. The Subtle Art by Mark Manson

My first self-help novel and the third book overall I read till the end. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F is a practical and realistic novel where the writer engages the readers with him till the end.

It’s a must-read and the best books to read as a beginner, teenager and youngster where we pay attention to lot of things that are not even worth our time and attention and focus on what truly matters in our life.

The writer unfolds his life instances and illustrates how life struggles give more meaning which is a better approach than constantly trying to be happy. This book talks about how confronting and accepting problems is the only way to be happy rather than constantly avoiding them.

4. Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami

Is dark and stories are your type? Then Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami should be your first ever read.

This book talks about the first love of a college student who is sad and depressed from his friend’s suicide. From being happy to sad to intimidating, this book has it all.

If this is your first read as a beginner to Murakami’s work, either you will love it or hate it, nothing in between. The storyline, the plots, characters are so beautifully penned that they keep bringing you back again and again.

If you are sad, currently not feeling at your best and are into happy readings, then do not read this book as it will make you more sad and depressed for days.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The story is narrated by Nick Carraway about a rich and mysterious man Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchannan. Daisy was a typical rich girl and Jay fell in love with her.

Getting rich was a part of the plan to get Daisy, who is now married to Tom. Gatsby is more obsessed with Daisy than in love with her, as he is trying his best to make her fall in love with him.

The story might seem to be of romance and love, but the reality is a bit different. But, not revealing much, it’s about 1920’s America and rest- Let’s find.

So, If you are into Historical Fiction then The Great Gatsby is definitely the best read as a beginner.

6. Nine Chambered Heart by Janice Pariat

If romantic fiction is your type then Nine Chambered Heart is a book you must read. This book is not a conventional type of romantic novel which we depict when it comes to the romantic genre.

It talks about a woman from nine different perspectives. It’s a collective narration of nine men who loved her or who are loved by one woman. The book travels different shades and layers of her existence and uncovers various shades of love that makes one of them unique from the other.

As a beginner, this book is something you might haven’t read so far. So, you are gonna find it interesting to know women from nine different frames of mind and personally create an image of who she actually is.

7. Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

What a masterpiece!! Elif Shafak knows the true power and meaning of love, friendship Sufism and spirituality.

The story revolves around a 40-year-old woman named Ella Rubinstein who takes up a job as a literary agent after years of sabbatical. Her job is to review a book before it’s published so as part of her job she encounters A.Z Zehra’s book, Sweet Blasphemy. While reading the book she feels a void in her life that turns her world upside down.

The format of this novel is very interesting as it starts with the story of Ella which is in the present year 2008 along with the book she is reading, Sweet Blasphemy which is set in the year 1200.

The book is set parallelly with Ella’s life along with Rumi’s life which makes this book an interesting read. If you are not into romantic novels but into spirituality, not religious novels then this book is the best start for beginners.

8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Looking for the best books to read as a beginner? No doubt, The Kite Runner will definitely create a setback for the love of books.

The story is set between young boys Amir and Hassan who are friends and spend their days playing together. Amir is Rich Pashtun boy and Hassan is his servant’s son. The story is about growing up, redeeming friendship and raising voice against aristocrats.

Despite many other books which are great read as a beginner, The kite runner has made its way to everyone’s read. This book will take you on the ride of emotions about life and its unlikely events.

9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

If you have read my other blogs, you might know how big of a Potter Head I am and definitely, if anyone has watched the movies, they are gonna recommend the Harry Potter book series as well.

Watching movies if books are available is never a good idea but as a beginner, if you are on the verge of starting Harry Potter book series then watching a movie will help you with a smooth read. As there are many scenes that cannot be mentioned in a movie and if you want to deep dive into the Harry Potter world then reading a book is the only way to enter into the world of magic.

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