All most all the people realize importance of book reading as a habit and at least once in their life they have tried to build on this habit but only few people are able to do so successfully. There may be many reasons which may make the try unsuccessful, and the wrong choice of the book is among one of the prominent reasons. By wrong choice I mean a book whose subject matter or language is too complex for a beginner.
Here is my list of beginner books; of course many would find this list incomplete, which it is. There is a possibility that I have missed quite an obvious book or author name in my list. But then we are talking about a hobby with a limitless scope, so in all likelihood I would not have read the author or the book which someone else may think of as an obvious read.
I suggest that for a beginner, fiction books are the one to start with. Generally, a beginner is interested in a storyline. There should be a hook to keep the beginner under arrest, and the storyline could just be that hook. For the fiction category rather than the books I suggest the authors whom one can read.
The list is no particular order –
- Chetan Bhagat or Sidney Sheldon: They have played such an important role of introducing many people into the realm of book reading. Their books are spicy and the language is simple.
- Robin Cook: Robin cook writes medical thrillers.
- John Grisham: John Grisham writes legal thrillers.
- Agatha Christie: Best known for her crime detective novels.
- Dan Brown: Personally, one of my favorites when it comes to thrillers. He creates a maze with the theme of symbols and codes and takes the reader through mind boggling treasure hunts. The Da Vinci Code and Angel and Demons are two of the best books.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Talk about detective novels and it is impossible to miss the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Sir Doyle’s writing style is true Englishman like with an absolute fondness for the purity of language.
- Short Story Books of Rudyard Kipling and of R.K. Narayan: Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling and Malgudi Days by RK Narayan are the two of the best short story books for the beginners. The immortal characters of Mowgli and Swami find their irreplaceable place in the pantheons of fictional world through these two books respectively.
- Paulo Coelho: Personally, I do not like Paulo Coelho books, but there are few landmarks which one has to visit as a ritual. The Alchemist is by far the most popular book of the author.
- Mario Puzo: Perhaps no other author and his books would have inspired so many Hollywood and Bollywood filmmakers as Mario Puzo. Best known for the book The Godfather, the author has written several books on Mafia.
- P.G. Wodehouse: When it comes to humour, P.G. Wodehouse is incomparable. Besides the humour, the biggest attraction of the P.G. Wodehouse books is their slim size. Pick up the ones with Jeeves as the main character.
- J.K. Rowling: The writer of the best seller series, Harry Potter. This is one writer, I have missed reading altogether. I regret the miss and I am about to make up for it. I think her popularity is a good enough reason to pay the ritualistic visit to at least one of her books.