These are easy to read and give the advantage of finishing too
Reading is one of those joys that take you to far-off places with the power of words and our simple image that emerges from those words. But most often than not, owing to our busy schedules and an odd number of working hours, reading takes a back seat. And when we do pick up a book, we at times never reach to finishing line. Mostly because the novels that pique your interest are lengthy with a huge number of pages, but did you know that are novels with comparatively fewer pages and are equally a fascinating read? Well, there is a plethora of books and authors to choose from for a quick and interesting read. Presenting here is a list of quick and gripping reads.
The Old Man and the Sea
By Ernest Hemingway, this novel narrates the tragic story of Santiago, an ageing Cuban fisherman in the Gulf Stream, and the giant Marlin he kills and loses. The Old Man and the Sea is a modern classic and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Though the tale is of a fisherman trying to make his way after endless days without a catch, the message that one takes away is of the never-giving-up spirit.
We Were Liars
This is a 2014 young-adult novel by E. Lockhart. The focus theme of the book showcases the consequences of one’s mistakes as it tells the story centred on the wealthy and perfect-looking Sinclair family. As the rich ritual is, they spend every summer gathered on their private island. But things change when one summer, something outward happens to Cadence during the summer of her fifteenth year.
This 1942 novella by French author Albert Camus, L’Étranger, was translated to English as The Outsider. The theme and outlook of the book are touted to be examples of Camus’ philosophy – that is, absurdism coupled with existentialism. The title character Meursault, an ordinary man, gets unwittingly involved in a senseless murder on an Algerian beach after his mother’s funeral. As the story proceeds with his sentence, it goes on to show two different perspectives of the same man.
All Grown Up
By Jami Attenberg, the New York Times best-selling author of The Middlesteins, this is a funny novel. The book narrates the story of a thirty-nine-year-old single, childfree woman, Andrea Bern, who defies convention and believes in making her own path. The plot of the book brings out varied definitions of what it really means to be a grown-up. And after a tragic incident in her family, the whole dynamics change, giving a whole new perspective.
A few other quick reads are American Housewife By Helen Ellis, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and Love Poems for the Office by John Kenney