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16 Books To Read This Monsoon – Readers’ Special

It’s (almost officially) monsoon! You may not miss the days of required reading as most of the time of a day would be spent sitting at home and enjoying the sound of showers, cool monsoon breeze and tempting aroma of wet soil. But if you’re looking for a quick and enthralling book to sink your teeth into, we strongly suggest one of the following.

There’s a wealth of great titles debuting this season, including the next installments in a number of blockbuster series. If you’re tired of the stalwarts, here are some thought-provoking new titles from known-unknown authors, every reader must check out!

1. What Was She Thinking? | Zoe Heller


Shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize and rightly so this is a novel that has twisted relationships and truly is an honest account of human emotions.

2. The Passage | Justin Cronin


Written for the thriller-lover, this book does include an over-used literary element but Cronin’s fresh take surely won’t disappoint you.

3. Beautiful Maria of My Soul | Oscar Hijuelos


The author – Oscar Hijuelos revisits his former novel but from a fresh perspective. And that perspective being of none other than the very interesting Maria.

4. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake | Aimee Bender


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a brilliant tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them. It is both heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad.

5. Born To Run | Christopher McDougall


McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners.

This book is the ultimate read for anyone. But for those who love running, it is an epic!

6. How Did You Get This Number | Sloane Crosley


A collection of hilarious essays that is bound to make you laugh.

Yep, essays can be fun too.

7. Out Stealing Horses | Per Petterson


Petterson has crafted a finely written and imagery-laden book which is full of surprises

8. Walks With Men | Ann Beattie


Ann Beattie arrived in New York young, observant and celebrated in one of the most compelling and creative eras of recent times. So does the protagonist of her intense new novella, Walks with Men.

9. Red Hook Road | Ayelet Waldman


A rich and rewarding story of love, loss, and the power of family this book is bound to make you cry.

PS, don’t forget them tissues.

10. This Is Where We Live | Janelle Brown


This intense story, which focuses on two newlywed artists living in pre-recession California, is about many things, but at its core, its about compromise. Unflinching, unsympathetic compromise.

11. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay | Michael Chabon


The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay is a great American novel about two cousins whose talents, fevered dreams and crazy obsessions make them legends during the Golden Era of comic books.

12. Remembering Smell | Bonnie Blodgett


Blodgett, through her personal experience, takes us on a journey through what life is like without the sense of smell. Some of the results you probably already know, but I guarantee others will be new to you. She is a descriptive, compelling writer.

13. The Summer We Read Gatsby | Danielle Ganek


The Summer We Read Gatsby, set in the end-of-an-era summer of 2008, is filled with fabulous parties, eccentric characters, and insider society details that showcase Ganek’s pitch-perfect sense of style and wit.

14. Villages | John Updike


This delightful, witty, passionate novel runs from the Depression era to the early twenty-first century.

15. No Angel | Penny Vincenzi


No Angel has the full cast of vivid characters, urgent situations, and confident writing that make the family saga one of the most venerable and satisfying of fiction genres.

16. Loving Frank | Nancy Horan


Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.

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