15 books to read if you're a beginner..
Reading is that one activity that helps you escape reality and immerse yourself into another universe. The books we read help us understand the world better and form ideas. And, well, some of them also give us quotes that affect us so much that we get them tattooed. Books take you to different worlds you've never visited before, whether it is the fantasy world of Harry Potter or the world of heartbreak like in The Fault In Our Stars
But not all of us develop our reading habit right from childhood and as adults, we don't know where to start. It can be a confusing deal because of the amount of books available but you also need to learn where to start so that you can easily start a love affair with books and nurture it as time goes by.
There are many genres in books just like there are in movies. Now to start reading, I'll suggest pick the ones which interests you. But unfortunately, you're just about to start so, no can do. Well, better late than never.
Since you are new to reading, you should choose from a healthy mix of classics and contemporary. Since you’ll also need to understand what genre interests you the most, I suggest you mix it up. For starters, choose a book where the plot interests you more than the language (or its beauty). You’ll have plenty of time (and options) for that later.
So before anything else, you need to understand how all these books are bifurcated.
All books are either non-fiction or fiction.
Non-fiction books contains factual information, like biographies and history books, real life related.
Fiction books contains the stories which are made up by the author and the plot isn't real.
I'll try my best to flare out a balanced list covering most popular genres. For now, trust me you have to go with the crowd (for selecting the titles, ie. most famous ones for neophytes), after you've read these you'll pave your own way out.
List in no particular order -
Fiction (denotes further classification under fiction)
Harry Potter series (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
Sherlock Holmes (Crime, Thriller, Detective)
War & Peace (Historical Drama, Philosophical fiction)
The Alchemist (Motivational, Fantasy)
Sophie's World (Philosophical fiction - introductory book)
Wuthering Heights (Gothic Fiction)
The Great Gatsby (Romance)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Classics)
Non-fiction (denotes further classification under non-fiction)
A Short History Of Nearly Everything (History, Humour, Popular Science)
Wings of Fire (Sir Kalam's, Autobiograbhy)
7 Habits Of Highly Effective people (Self-help)
Freakonomics (Econmoics, Business, Social Science)
Liars Poker (Finance)
Word Power Made Easy (Self-Help, Vocabulary builder)
Too Big To Fail (2008 financial Meltdown, Finance)
Quiet: The power of introverts in a World that can't stop talking. (Psycology, Sociology)
These books might be best fitted for starting the above mentioned genres. If in case, while you're at it reading, and you don't like a particular title or don't find it appealing, just close it and move on to the next book of a different genre. This would help you gauge your area of interest.
PS :: Some good Indian authors that you must read are-Jhumpa Lehri, Khushwant Singh, R.K. Narayan etc if you have passed the beginners stage.