Today, April 23, is celebrated as World Book Day the world over. World Book Day is an annual event which is organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for promotion of reading, publishing and copyright. The event was first organized by UNESCO in 1995.
I came to know about World Book Day for the first time, as Facebook conveniently reminded me today, in 2015. I was reading Rivers Run Back on this day in 2015.
I usually pick books to read based on what I am going through in life and what I am feeling, like for example right now I am reading a fantasy fiction book The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman simply because I feel my life is kind of stagnant right now and I need a little bit of magic (yes I believe in magic) in my life.
So here are some of my book recommendations from my personal collection.
- If you are looking for some feel god magic read A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. The movie based on this book was nominated for Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year (one of the few movies which did justice to the book it was based on).
- If you are looking to read something serious, read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I read the book in Master’s course in English Literature and can’t express how impactful it was. True that you cannot completely feel the racial injustices described in the novel but anyone can relate with the way a society fabricates beauty standards and how dearly some people pay for it.
- If you are looking to read a romance with substance , pick Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. It’s one of my all time favorite books. This book will not just engulf you in the tragic life story of Anna Karenina but will also inform you about the socialism in Russia and upper class Russian society as well.
- If you are looking to read a memoir, read Black Milk: On Motherhood and writing by Elif Shafak. This book is about the writer’s personal struggle with postpartum depression and how she coped with it.
- If you want to read something funny, read Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys. it was the first book I read by Neil Gaiman and became a fan of his writing style. It’s funny and complex and the best part is the way African myths are weaved in the story.
- If you wish to read satire, read 1984 by George Orwell. There won’t be a time better than this to read that book. That book has become all the more relevant in current times with governments all over the world, subtly or directly, trying to control the lives of its citizens.