Here’s a list of top 10 must read books for 2019.
Books open doors in our minds, allowing us to live a lifetime and travel the world without even leaving the comfort of our chairs. When we read a book, we get into someone else’s shoes, see the world through the eyes of another person and visit places we could never go, whether it’s a small village in India or the green fields of Narnia. The books teach us about love, lack of love, friendship, war, social injustice and the resistance of the human spirit.
Such is the universal desire for fame that those who achieve it, accidentally or unwillingly will wait in vain for pity.
When J. K. Rowling writes another thriller, in the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, it definitely makes it to the list of books to be read that year. The fourth book of her Cormoran Strike series, Lethal White is a complex play of thrill and emotions in 656 pages. The book opens with a troubled Billy walking into Cormoran Strike’s office to recount a horrific incident he claims to have witnessed at a young age. While it is clear that Billy is not of sound mind and the interaction is cut short with Billy running of Midway, it still piques Cormoran’s interest enough to take him through the streets of London following a trail.
However, His personal relationship with his assistant Robin is strained and he has to ensure that it doesn’t jeopardize Their near perfect professional relationship. Added to that is Cormoran’s rise to Fame as a detective which deters him from operating in the dark, like before.
What we love: Although the sheer size of the book may be daunting, it is a thrilling ride, to say the least.
Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question
Yuval Noah Harari stumped the world with his observations in Sapiens: a brief history of humankind in 2015. Needless to say, when he decided to come up with some lessons for the 21st century, people stopped to listen. From the relevance of nature and religion to the significance of fake news, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century throws light upon issues that we often find our conversations meandering towards but do not realize the full impact of.
What we love: How he seamlessly mergers ideas and philosophies to provide a clearer picture of our present, to us.
When he looks at me, the way he looks at me… He does not know, what I lack… or — how — I am incomplete. He sees me, for what I — am, as I am. He’s happy — to see me. Every time. Every day.
The film The Shape of Water swept the awards season last year so much so that director Guillermo Del Toro decided to give it another identity by crafting a book of the same name. Written by Daniel Kraus and him, The Shape of Water did really well for movie lovers who wanted to explore another dimension of the story of a strange friendship between mute Elisa who works as a janitor in a secret science laboratory in Baltimore and a strange creature from the Amazon River who is captured for research purposes.
What we love: The perspective of the seaman in the book lent greater depth to the love story between the two protagonists.
But I hear your mother’s voice, over the tide, and she whispers in my ear, “Oh, but if they saw, my darling. Even half of what you have. If only they saw. They would say kinder things, surely.”
One of our favorite authors decided to write about a cause that is affecting Millions — the refugee crisis engulfing countries around the world. Illustrated by Dan Williams, Khaled Hosseini paint a small piece in Sea Prayer that reflects the innumerable instances of displacement leading to lives and families being destroyed. A monologue by a father to his sleeping son as they wait on the shore to find a safer land for survival, Sea Prayer is a visual tale of pain, nostalgia, and horror that is unfathomable to most sitting on safer lands, reading the book.
What we love: The watercolor illustration take Hosseini’s prose to greater heights as they turn bright and dark along with the story’s various emotions.
Know first who you are and then adore yourself accordingly
Still Me, the third appearance of Jojo Moyes’ protagonist Louisa Clark, won the Best Fiction Book award at goodreads.com this year — the online library that bookworms swear by. Voted by users around the world, the story of Lou navigating Fifth Avenue New York high society, when her heart is at home at a vintage shop in some other corner, is being considered the best installment in the three-part series. Previously we have seen Louisa lose herself while trying to take care of the one she loves. In Still Me, we see her finally coming into her own — with a new job assisting a socialite who disliked by everyone. There are deceit, glamour, and overflow of emotions and in large quantities.
What we love: The author stresses the importance of taking control of one’s life and it couldn’t have been more poignantly portrayed then it was done in this final part of the series
It was lunacy, this idea, that I could sleep myself into a new life. Preposterous. But there I was, approaching the depth of my journey.
Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel Eileen took home awards, accolades, and our hearts, so it is only fair that when she publishes her second novel, we sit up and take note. My Year of Rest and Relaxation is the tale of an unnamed protagonist in New York, who graduates from Columbia University and decides to sleep into a year-long, drug-induced sleep. It is her sincere hope that she will perhaps fade away as a person and eventually wake up a new one in a year. She is aided in her experiment by one of the worst psychiatrists in New York tri-state area, a passive-aggressive relationship with a best friend and a Wall Street boyfriend who treats her with anything but respect. Her novel carefully contributes to the debate of creating a protagonist who is not likable and also a woman. Set in 2000-2001 and building up to the moment of 9/11, here is a book that is relatable just as much as you don’t want it to be.
What we love: the idea that we are not alone in our thoughts of wanting to sleep through these troubled times around the world.
In most town and city centers, there is always a glimmer of light, even in the deepest night, but this was the outer suburb of an English provincial town and all public lighting had ceased at one in the morning. This was the darkest hour, 2 a.m.
He says it is his last book what we will secretly hope that he changes his mind. Frederick Forsyth’s last novel The Fox is another Spy Thriller that takes us on a hot pursuit across nations in the world. Three of the most secure institutions in the world — Pentagon, CIA, and NSA — are facing hacker attacks so tremendous that the British and the Americans have to join hands to locate and capture the perpetrator. Who they encounter? He is a 17-year-old boy with prodigious intelligence. As he faces a trial for having breached the security of unfathomable scale, he is nicknamed “The Fox” who is later used to wreak havoc on Russia Iran and North Korea.
What we love: it is well written, entertaining and thrilling with the right number of twists and turns
Lagercrantz has more than met the challenge. Larsson’s brain children are in good hands and may have even come up a bit in the world.
Soon it will be a great Sony Pictures Entertainment movie. Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist are back in this high-octane follow-up ripped from Stieg Larsson’s headlines The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Massive edition of market films.
A hacker genius who has always been a stranger. A journalist with a penchant for danger. She is the girl with a dragon tattoo, she is Lisbeth Salander. He is Mikael Blomkvist, cross-editor of Millennium. One night, Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have received vital information for the US from one of the young female hackers. Blomkvist, always looking for a story, seeks help in Salander. The duo is working together again, each with its own agenda. Their search for the truth takes them to an underworld of spies, cybercriminals and government agents willing to kill to protect their secrets.
What we love: An authentic extension of the Millennium trilogy. And the best part is that it is very far from the movie so that your fun is not diluted.
A marvel of an adventure story, driven by the helium of fantasy, but also by the sensitivity of its young aspiring hero, Wash Black.
George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an 11-year-old field slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados, is terrified of being chosen by his master’s brother as his man-servant. To his utter surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Pronto Wash begins his journey in a world where a flying machine can take a man across the sky, where even a child born in chains of slavery can embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible division, can begin to see themselves as humans. But when a man is killed and a reward is declared on Wash’s head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is your flight along the east coast of America and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What unites Christopher and Wash will tear them apart, pushing Wash even farther into the world, across the globe, in search of his true self.
What we love: From the scorching cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen North End, from the first aquariums in London to the strange and frightening deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells us a captivating story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world, destroyed and made. All over again, and asks, What is true freedom?
The true story of the worst sea disaster in the naval history of the United States and the fight of fifty years to exonerate an innocent man.
A human drama unlike any other: the fascinating and definitive complete story of the worst maritime disaster in the naval history of the United States.
Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the top secret and highly classified naval mission of the war, the USS Indianapolis sails alone in the center of the Sea of Philippines when she is hit by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship instantly transforms into a fiery cauldron and sinks in minutes. About 300 men go down with the ship. Almost 900 come out of the water alive. For the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, these men fight insanity, injuries, dehydration, sharks and, finally, each other. Only 316 will eventually survive.
For most of the century, the history of USS Indianapolis has been understood as a tale of a sinking ship. The reality, however, is much more complicated and convincing. Now, for the first time, thanks to a decade of research and original interviews with 107 survivors and eyewitnesses, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the full story of the ship, its crew and the crew’s final mission to save one of their own.
It begins in 1932 when Indianapolis is launched as the state ship for President Franklin Roosevelt. After Pearl Harbor, Indianapolis leads the charge to the Pacific islands, achieving a series of uninterrupted victories in an unexplored theater of war. Then, under the orders of President Harry Truman, the ship takes a super spy on board and embarks on its last mission of changing the world order: to deliver to the Pacific the core of the atomic bomb to be used for the attack on Hiroshima. Vincent and Vladic provide a visceral account, moment by moment, of the disaster that develops days after the Japanese torpedo attack, from the chaos on board the ship to the initial moments of shock when the crew plunges in the remote waters of the Sea of Philippines, to the long days and nights during which terror and hunger are transformed into illusion and despair, and the men must unite to survive.
Then, for the first time, the authors go beyond the rescue of men to chronicle the extraordinary final mission of Indianapolis: the fifty-year struggle of the survivors for justice on behalf of their captain, Captain Charles McVay III, who was wrongly convicted and court-martialed for the sinking. What follows is a captivating court drama that weaves through generations of American presidents, from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, and intertwines forever the lives of three captains: McVay, whose life and career is never the same after the scandal; Mochitsura Hashimoto, the Japanese sub commander who sinks in Indianapolis but then joins the battle to exonerate McVay; and William Toti, the captain of the modern submarine Indianapolis, which helps the survivors fight to vindicate their captain.
What we love: Indianapolis, a saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love, is presented as a revolutionary naval story and a fascinating narrative and makes the ship and its heroic crew return to a full, vivid and unforgettable life. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of the United States.
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