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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Top 5 Non-Young Adult Books

I was pleasantly surprised by the number of Non- YA books I had read so far. I usually gravitate to them more whenever I crave great prose and an abundance of emotional overwhelm.  As much as I love Young Adult fiction for the thrill it gives, It's the Non - YA books that predominantly stay imprinted on my mind for years to come.

Here are my top 5 favourites:

5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy 

I just finished this book last night. I remember picking it up years ago and abandoning it halfway. What a poignant read! This is a book where you don't love the characters , you observe them. You awe at their mannerism and shock at their moves. Their actions are open yet not short of causing chaos beyond repair. Also something I call a 'conflict read ' because, as I mentioned , their actions and reactions are natural but it manages to yield the most tragic turn of events.  A day does change everything. 

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

All of my friends who have read this book have not fallen short of praises. I immediately jumped on the bandwagon too and don't regret it one bit. The characters , irrespective of what social or economic strata they belong to, were warm loving and well rooted. The underlining guilt grows like a creeper. The language is simple with a beautiful intermix of Farsi  mostly to translate the on-going emotions, which I loved. Hosseini is so in touch with his Afghan roots and his introduction of it left me spellbound.

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 

Highly explicit, graphic and also, if I dare say, controversial. This book is no fun and games. It's very hardcore in its elements, well researched and thorough in detail. At first, I was skeptical, thinking that keeping in mind all the names and sub plots I would end up losing track of the chain of events. That did not happen! By far the best paced mystery novel I have ever read, with  perfect closure and justifications to all the sub plots. No loose ends and no further questions asked. A must-read for all murder mystery lovers.

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 

The book and I have a connection. So it feels like. There is not one character I did not like in the book (Yes, even Miss Hilly). I adored the country accent it was written in. Stockett's ability to have various narratives of the three different women run parallel then converging them and weaving them together with laughter , love and loss is commendable. The stories are their own, the pain and the way they deal with it is heterogeneous. You love them , you laugh with them and you hurt like it was your own .The movie was equally fantastic. Exactly how I had envisioned it. Can we make this a classic already!

1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 

*cue gasp* Majority of people could not stomach this book and I completely understand why. For the longest time, this has been and still is a controversial and unacceptable-in-society kind of read. There is a niche audience that has found the true motive and meaning behind Nabokov. He challenges you with words to empathize with a inadmissible love. Something you would never support in real life. His description and language is unmatched.  To read this book one would have to be really open-minded.

What are your favourite Non YA books? I'd love to know!

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  1. Of this list, I have read only The Kite Runner. Beautiful story written with very honest frame of mind. After that I purchased - 'Thousand Splendid Suns' but yet to read that. You have a good blog.

    1. A Thousand Splendid Suns is also a fantastic book and more loved than The Kite Runner. However , I feel more for the latter than the former.
      Thank you Vishal :) Keep visiting

  2. God of small things - what a poignant read ! exactly. I thought of throwing away the novel, but it was a kindle and then again Arundhati Roy was famous and one of the few Indian writers. :)

    here is my top 5:

    1. Rita Hayworth and the shawshank redemp..
    2. fight club
    3. madame bovary
    4. the sun also rises
    5. the Great Gatsby

  3. Interesting choices. I like those books too - haven't yet read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - must get it - but I wouldn't have chosen any of them as my favourite books. I find Lolita specially disturbing.
    Great blog though :)

  4. What are your favourites ? I'd love to know.
    I understand Lolita is trivial that way.
    Thank you for reading ! :)

    1. I haven't read Lolita but have you seen the movie ! ? it's such a classic, watch the kubrick's one. James Mason is such an actor :)

    2. Watched the film and loved it as much.