Even if all else fails, books will never let you down. They can be your best friends and bring out emotions from within that you didn’t even know existed! If you’re looking for books to lift your spirits and leave you feeling happy, we have the perfect list for you!
1. Those Pricey Thakur Girls - Anuja Chauhan
A judge, his wife, 5 daughters and a boy next door. It only gets harder to put this light and fun read down with each passing page. You will instantly connect with this book, which will serve as the perfect pick-me-up for a boring day, when you can’t step out (thanks to the rain)!
Price: Rs 244. Buy it here
If you find this one hard to let go of (which you will), here’s the good news. You can now read the sequel too! The House That BJ Built
is just as hard to put down as its prequel.
Price: Rs 246. Buy it here
2. Ladies Coupe - Anita Nair
Can a woman stay happy single, or does she really need a man to make her happy? A regular middle-aged woman finally steps out of her life to ask herself this fundamental question. A warm, endearing story that most women in contemporary India will enjoy thoroughly!
Price: Rs 213. Buy it here
3. Life Is What You Make It - Preeti Shenoy
When destiny throws the unexpected your way, how would you deal with it? This is story of a young girl, who has everything going for her, until there is a twist in her journey. Life Is What You Make It is a wonderful account of a girl’s growing-up years and the challenges she faces.
Price: Rs 90. Buy it here
4. The Royal Wedding - Meg Cabot
Remember Princess Diaries and the AMAZING life of Princess Mia? She was just your average girl who turned into a princess overnight! Who DOESN’T envy her life!? Well, brace yourselves, as Princess Mia heads towards wedded bliss with her long-time boyfriend in Meg Cabot’s latest! We’re sure you're going to love it.
Price: Rs 284. Buy it here
5. Untruly Yours - Smita Shetty
An NRI woman who seems like she has it all together, is brought to India after an unexpected call. She goes through an emotional rollercoaster ride and a journey of self-discovery. A gripping book about love, marriage, friendship and parenthood. It will be hard to put this one down!
Price: Rs 117. Buy it here
6. Who Will Cry When You Die - Robin S Sharma
This one is uplifting, motivating and downright brilliant. The author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari gives you a few pointers for living life the right way! A perfect read for a gloomy monsoon day.
Price: Rs 123. Buy it here
7. The Bankster - Ravi Subramanian
We could all do with a little thrill, drama and suspense on a rainy day. A press reporter and ex-banker finds himself in the midst of conspiracy. Will he be able to survive and solve this mystery? Excitement levels will never drop while you’re reading this one!
Price: Rs 206. Buy it here
8. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
While you need a little patience to get through this one, owing to its length, we can assure you - you will not be let down! It is good enough to get you through the entire monsoon. This book touches upon issues many families faced in post-Partition India, by focusing on stories of four families in particular.
Price: Rs 627. Buy it here
9. Keep The Change - Nirupama Subramanian
When a young accountant from Chennai finally quits her job and moves to Mumbai, her whole life changes! She lets go of a few inhibitions and begins to see the myriad opportunities that exist. Utterly refreshing, this book has got to be on your monsoon reading list!
Price: Rs 138. Buy it here
10. Freakonomics - Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
Nothing is ever as obvious as it seems. There is a hidden side to everything. This book is full of tongue-in-cheek humour and gives wisdom of the traditional sort a run for its money. Conventional questions answered unconventionally! A must-read.
Price: Rs 206. Buy it here
11. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A beautiful story of a young woman who lives the dream of a million when she moves to America. She struggles, she achieves and may have even found the perfect partner. But when she decides to return home, life takes another turn. Beautifully written, the narrative of this book will capture your heart.
Price: Rs 262. Buy it here
12. Indian Summer
If you’re even the slightest bit of a history buff, you have GOT to read this one. A gripping novel with characters that actually served as some of the key players at the time of Indian independence. People, theories and some key details presented in a whole new light. This book will really get you thinking and give you a whole new perspective!
Price: Rs 339. Buy it here
13. The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
If this heartwarming book doesn’t make you smile, bring tears to your eyes and make you want to make the most of your life, all at once, nothing will. When a professor in his last days was asked to give his “last lectures”, he chose to speak not about death, but about the gift of life!
Price: Rs 194. Buy it here
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